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It's a Mystery Blog

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Reading and writing mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels.

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Carel Fabritius The Goldfinch Painting 1654 Carel Fabritius was a Dutch painter and one of Rembrandt’s most gifted pupils. The Goldfinch depicts Fabritius’ use of cool colour harmonies, delicate lighting effects, and a light. Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Canvas Art Prints, Painting Prints, Fine Art Prints, Artwork Paintings, Painting Art, Classic Paintings, Delft

#BestsellerCode100: Writer's Review of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - It's A Mystery Blog

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 […]

In the latest captivating installment of M. Longworth’s acclaimed Verlaque & Bonnet Provençal Mystery series, the newlywed investigators contend with their most sinister challenge yet: a centuries-old curse. Mystery Novels, Mystery Series, New Books, Books To Read, Cozy Mysteries, Murder Mysteries, Best Memes, This Book, Author

#BookBeginnings The Curse of La Fontaine by M. L. Longworth - It's A Mystery Blog

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, […]

The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, by Faye Kellerman. This is the first in a large series of books. Interesting concept in this series and great mysteries. Got Books, I Love Books, Book Hangover, Ritual Bath, Good Movies To Watch, Word Pictures, Cozy Mysteries, First Novel

Answer to Whodunit 2: Faye Kellerman #Mystery Author - It's A Mystery Blog

The mystery author from last week’s Whodunit challenge #2 is Faye Kellerman. Her husband is New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman. He has written a series of books featuring detective Alex Delaware. Their son, Jesse Kellerman, is also a well-known author. This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. Faye’s first book, The Ritual Bath […]

Author Post: Dorothy Gilman Novels in the Mrs. Mystery Series, Throughout The World, Thriller, Plant Leaves, Novels, Author, Blog, Writers, Blogging

Author Post: Dorothy Gilman - It's A Mystery Blog

Dorothy Gilman (1923-2012) wrote children’s books under her married name, Dorothy Gilman Butters, for a number of years before starting the popular Mrs. Pollifax series. Gilman traveled extensively and used her experiences to send her protagonist to exotic locations throughout the world. The Mrs. Pollifax Series by Dorothy Gilman Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New […]

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#BookBeginnings Downfall by J.A. Jance - It's A Mystery Blog

Let’s look at the first paragraph of J. A. Jance’s Downfall for Book Beginnings on Fridays, hosted at Rose City Reader. Downfall* by J.A. Jance (*Affiliate link) Summary: Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has recently lost her mother and stepfather. Now she must investigate the death of two women at a local landmark, while at […]

#Amwriting October 15: Discovering Theme What Is Theme, Ian Rankin, National Novel Writing Month, Question Everything, Themes Themes, Mystery Novels, Feelings And Emotions, Fiction Writing, Are You The One

#Amwriting October 15: Discovering Theme - It's A Mystery Blog

Today we’re going to explore whether you need a novel theme for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). What is Theme? Theme is often listed as a story element, but what is it? The theme is the main or central idea of a novel. To say it another way, it is the key message or an […]

#Amwriting October 16: The Research Bear What Is Theme, Ian Rankin, National Novel Writing Month, Question Everything, Themes Themes, Mystery Novels, Feelings And Emotions, Fiction Writing, Are You The One

#Amwriting October 16: The Research Bear - It's A Mystery Blog

Research for a novel can be a real bear because it is critical to get the facts right for your readers, but too much can derail your writing completely. How much research do you need and when should you do it? Maybe you think you don’t need to do research at all. It’s fiction […]

#Amwriting October 17: Emotional Content What Is Theme, Ian Rankin, National Novel Writing Month, Question Everything, Themes Themes, Mystery Novels, Feelings And Emotions, Fiction Writing, Are You The One

#Amwriting October 17: Emotional Content - It's A Mystery Blog

If you have been following our NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) preparation series, it is time to consider your novel’s emotional content. The emotional aspects of novels can be complex and confusing, but if done properly, can lead to a hugely successful novel. Considerations When Writing Emotions and Feelings 1. Emotional Response of Readers Authors […]

This wasp might not look that spectacular. Especially while it is drinking nectar from an Arizona grape ivy flower. You might rethink that assessment, however, when you realize this wasp is capable… Ivy Flower, When You Realize, Wasp, Wild Flowers, How To Memorize Things, Memories, Assessment, Drinking, Arizona

Sharp Memories by Roberta Gibson | Hippocampus Magazine - Memorable Creative Nonfiction

You are four. The tops of meadow grasses and wildflowers brush your shoulders as you wander. Mid-stride, you yelp and look down...Read full story →

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike Book by Robert Galbraith. Crime fiction novel by J. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Book 1, The Book, Book Nerd, Good Thriller Books, Gillian Flynn, Beach Reading, Crime Fiction, Thing 1, Page Turner

Author Post: Robert Galbraith - It's A Mystery Blog

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling who best known for writing the Harry Potter books. Cormoran Strike series: Private detective Cormoran Strike lost his leg in Afghanistan, but that isn’t why he’s struggling. Instead, he’s had a run of bad luck. He’s broken up with his girlfriend, is down to one client, […]

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Author Post: Lisa Lutz - It's A Mystery Blog

Early in her career, Liza Lutz wanted to be a screenwriter. After selling one screenplay, things stalled. She first wrote The Spellman Files as a screenplay, but it was only able to publish it after turning it into a novel. After some success as a mystery author, Lisa now writes for the HBO series The […]

Author Post: John Sandford Novels in the Prey series John Sandford, Make More Money, Thriller, Mystery, Novels, Author, Reading, Blog, Writers

Author Post: John Sandford - It's A Mystery Blog

John Sandford (real name John Roswell Camp) started out as a journalist. After a distinguished career, including winning a Pulitzer, he decided that he could make more money writing novels. It turned out to be a good choice. You can find out why he chose to write under a pseudonym for the Prey series and […]

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Tucson Festival of Books 2018: Bright Spots and Broad Stokes - It's A Mystery Blog

I’ve just returned from the Tucson Festival of Books 2018 and I’m a combination of exhausted and euphoric. What an awesome event! In case you’ve never heard of it, the Tucson Festival of Books is held on The University of Arizona® campus. It celebrates southwestern U.S. books and authors (for the most part, there […]

The mystery seeds from last week were from a daffodil, Narcissus sp. Gardeners usually plant daffodils as bulbs, but the plants also make seeds. The seeds form in capsules. Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones, Daffodils, Mystery, Writer, Seeds, Garden, Plants, Action

#BestsellerCode100: Writer's Review of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - It's A Mystery Blog

Let’s take a look at the next book on The Bestseller Code 100 list, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, from a writer’s perspective. Be sure to visit Karen’s review from a reader’s perspective as well. This post contains spoilers. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (*Amazon Affiliate link) Lovely Bones is a perfect novel […]

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#amwriting 5 Reasons to Write Short Stories - It's A Mystery Blog

I have been churning out short stories lately and my favorite editor asked me why I was doing short stories rather than working on a novel. I told her that sometimes it pays to focus on short stories. 5 Reasons to Write Short Stories 1. They are short and not as much of […]

Book Beginnings on Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader . Every Friday we share the first sentence (or so) of the book we. John Hart, Gmo Facts, Rose City, What Book, Book Memes, First Novel, Best Friends Forever, Before Us, Any Book

#BookBeginnings The Horse Whisperer - It's A Mystery Blog

Today we have an older novel, The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans 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’re finished add your URL to […]