The time I almost, sorta, really did meet Anthony ...

This story is about a New York minute. I know it’s a real story and not my imagination because many friends have recalled the night in question in their memories of the man. Scene: Partners in Crime Dateline: April, 2008 Event: a celebration of Mystery during Edgar Week It was hot, I remember. I also remember being downright giddy and why not? Jon and I had followed the Edgar’s like most people follow the Oscars since the year we were married. We were in New York. We were going! Friends were nominated! Friends were all around us. Among the attendees was a gentleman, a very tall gentleman, who made it his mission to assure that...

Sue Grafton Remembered Dec29

Sue Grafton Remembered

The Alphabet Stops at Y. Y is for Yesterday. Thank you, lovely lady for all of the yesterdays you influenced and all of the tomorrows you will inspire. Sue Grafton has died. I’m not sure I can even process this news. I am definitely typing through tears. The lady has a singular place in this Mystery Fan’s heart. I am not alone. Millions of her books have sold to very loyal readers for 35 years now. It’s hard to believe A is for Alibi was first published in 1982. Harder still to know I almost missed it. But I didn’t. And I’m grateful. The following is not meant to be an “obituary” but the touchstones of my life, fandom and mystery community...

REVIEW OF BURNING BRIGHT by Nick Petrie

BURNING BRIGHT Nick Petrie 2017 Putnam   BURNING BRIGHT is the kind of follow up one hopes for when you read a really good debut novel. Last year’s THE DRIFTER has been embraced by readers and reviewers alike and BURNING BRIGHT justifies our enthusiasm.   Peter Ash is back. As the novel opens he hiking the Redwood forests of the Pacific Northwest. He’s been living minimally since the close of the Drifter. Far from the maddening crowd if you will and then comes the bear. Running for his life Ash spots a tree and begins to climb. And we’re off.   Up amongst the branches of Ancient Redwoods his next adventure awaits. Journalist June Cassidy is...

DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch Jul25

DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch

You would be misinformed if I claimed to be an unbiased reader in reviewing Blake Crouch’s DARK MATTER but I am a forever reader and for ABANDON was a first reader. So if nothing else, I know this man’s word play, meter and voice. Only I don’t. But I do. I circled around DARK MATTER for a couple of months. Daniel of Boswell Books in Milwaukee proclaimed it “book of the year.” And so I went home and did my second dusk to dawn reading of the year. Imagine a mystery? Imagine that mystery taking place in multiple time lines with infinite conclusions? Imagine reading a story and being absolutely certain you know who...

Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s THE MOUSETRAP

THE MOUSETRAP Opening Night! The Mousetrap! Milwaukee! Da Bomb! Do you have a love for classic mystery? Would you like to see the form executed in an historical fashion with a modern flair? Would you love to share this with friends or family over the holiday season? The Milwaukee Rep has your back. THE contemporary mystery play is, has been, and will always be Agatha Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP. The Rep’s production is superb. Director J.R. Sullivan obviously has a love for Agatha Christie’s fabled play. With his players, he has made it a must see, Milwaukee! There’s a heavy snow, a bed and breakfast and a murder.. Lead player Kelley Faulkner...