M.C. Beaton (a.k.a. Marion Chesney Gibbons) Early this year, I was saddened to learn of the death of one of my favorite authors, M.C. Beaton. I’m not alone. Beaton (real name Marion Chesney Gibbons) was a prolific writer whose mystery novels rank among the most popular of the genre, both in book sales and library … Continue reading Is M.C. Beaton a Cozy Mystery Writer?
There is a difference between solitude and isolation. One is connected and one isn’t. Solitude replenishes, isolation diminishes. – Henry Cloud I think, if you have enough inner resources, then you can live in isolation for long periods of time and not feel diminished by it. – Aung San Suu Kyi When you’re obligated to … Continue reading Getting Along in a Time of Social Distancing
On a Facebook page for cozy mysteries, a reader commented that she unsubscribed from other cozy lists because she was tired of fluffy dogs or knitting grandmas solving murder while the victim is forgotten in the quest to find the killer. “Oh, look! Another dead body.” Yawn. “Guess we should find out whodunnit.” I was … Continue reading What Did You Expect from a Cozy Mystery?
Can I just say that the weather outside of my window is absolutely gorgeous? After an early summer of temperatures creeping into the upper-90’s or low-100’s with high humidity, I have awoken over the past few days to the coolness of 70 degrees. I celebrated the mild temperatures by throwing open my windows and inviting … Continue reading The Seasons: Do They Mean Anything?
I’m not a person who likes picking up a book in the middle of a series. I enjoy meeting our sleuth in Book One, getting invested in their world, and watching how they evolve over time. That’s why this book review is a twofer. I just finished reading Edited Out by E.J. Copperman, but since … Continue reading Book Review: The Mysterious Detective Mysteries by E.J. Copperman
Last week on a gloomy afternoon, I curled up in my reading chair and dove into the pages of a book. Ice cold raindrops trailed down the window as I switched on the lamp beside my chair. I was miserable after running errands in the freezing rain and didn’t feel like reading a grocery list, … Continue reading Why does reading make me feel better?
Books, books, everywhere…. I shamefully admit that the books in my “To Read” stack are piling up. But I did finish The Dead Ringer, the 29th installment in the Agatha Raisin series by M.C Beaton. In The Dead Ringer, the Cotswold village of Thirk Magna, renowned for its medieval church of St. Ethelred, is all … Continue reading Book Review: The Dead Ringer by M.C. Beaton
Not to get too personal, but how do you like to read? Do you prefer a paper and binding book? An e-reader? A tablet or phone? And where do you like to read? Curled up in a chair? Stretched out on the floor? At the end of the day, do you like to read in … Continue reading Is a Little Bedtime Reading Bad for You?