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...

BURNING BRIGHT by Nick Petrie Reviewed

BURNING BRIGHT Nick Petrie 2017 Putnam   BURNING BRIGHT by Nick Petrie 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...

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...

Mystery One: One Chick’s Story Aug25

Mystery One: One Chick’s Story

Mystery One; One Chick’s Story What is a bookstore? Well that depends upon whom you are. The very first time I became aware of Mystery One was at the 1999 Bouchercon where Richard Katz was the host dealer. I met a boy at that convention. I do not say this trying to make myself seem younger but rather because Richard and Jon together will always be boys. Enthusiastic about all of the same things, excited for the next thing to happen, their friendship is the stuff of legend. There’s no doubt that Mystery One is as much my “Milwaukee home” as the Castle because I was comfortable there first. Yes my first date with himself was at Mystery One...