At 771 pages, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is in many ways a magnum opus. It is also a massive treasure trove for writers. Let’s delve in and see what we discover. This post contains spoilers. The Goldfinch* by Donna Tartt (*Amazon Affiliate link) Summary:   Thirteen-year-old Theo Decker survives the blast that kills his …

At 771 pages, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is in many ways a magnum opus. It is also a massive treasure trove for writers. Let’s delve in and see what we discover. This post contains spoilers. The Goldfinch* by Donna Tartt (*Amazon Affiliate link) Summary: Thirteen-year-old Theo Decker survives the blast that kills his …

Today we’re reading a slow-paced mystery, The Curse of La Fontaine by M. L. Longworth for Book Beginnings on Fridays. Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, …

Today we’re reading a slow-paced mystery, The Curse of La Fontaine by M. L. Longworth for Book Beginnings on Fridays. Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, …

#BookBeginnings The Horse Whisperer

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#BookBeginnings Downfall by J.A. Jance

#BookBeginnings Downfall by J.A. Jance

#BookBeginnings Barry Eisler's First Novel

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Sunday Wrap-up:  December Blizzard

Sunday Wrap-up: December Blizzard

This week: I had a “challenging” week. On Monday Karen and I launched our Bestseller Code 100 reading challenge. Yesterday I finished the NaNoWriMo October Prep challenge. In between I had an unexpected health challenge. I’m on the mend now, so let’s get to the links.   Monday:  The challenge is to read through …

The Friday Friends: Sunday Post Sunday Soup and My To-Be Read List.

#Amwriting: Three Writing Prompts from Writer's Studio - It's A Mystery Blog

#Amwriting: Three Writing Prompts from Writer's Studio - It's A Mystery Blog

Fall is so energizing.  Maybe that’s why we are launching not one, but two writing/reading projects around here. We’ll be announcing the big one next week. We hope you will join us for both. First up, is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. Basically, the goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of …

Fall is so energizing. Maybe that’s why we are launching not one, but two writing/reading projects around here. We’ll be announcing the big one next week. We hope you will join us for both. First up, is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. Basically, the goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of …

Time for a new Whodunit Challenge. This week’s mystery author was born in New Jersey and set her most famous series there. We are counting down until her newest novel is released in November, 2016.   Please leave a comment if you recognize the mystery author. Check back next week when we reveal the answer. …

Time for a new Whodunit Challenge. This week’s mystery author was born in New Jersey and set her most famous series there. We are counting down until her newest novel is released in November, 2016. Please leave a comment if you recognize the mystery author. Check back next week when we reveal the answer. …

You’ve blasted out the first draft draft of your novel and have patted yourself on the back for a job well done. But is it done? Looming large is the abyss known as revisions.     Here are five tips for getting the most out of revisions as painlessly as possible. Get fresh eyes on …

You’ve blasted out the first draft draft of your novel and have patted yourself on the back for a job well done. But is it done? Looming large is the abyss known as revisions. Here are five tips for getting the most out of revisions as painlessly as possible. Get fresh eyes on …

The mystery author from last week’s Whodunit challenge #2 is Faye Kellerman. Her…

The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, by Faye Kellerman Love all Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus books by Faye Kellerman!

Our Whodunit challenge author from last week was Raymond Chandler (video in the…

Raymond Chandler: Stories and Early Novels: Pulp Stories / The Big Sleep / Farewell, My Lovely / The High Window (Library of America)

mystery author Donna leon

Donna Leon (born in is the American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice, Italy and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti.

#Amwriting #Mystery: 5 Tips For Making Revisions Less Painful - It's A Mystery…

5 Tips For Making Revisions Less Painful - It's A Mystery…

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