R.I.P. Marion Chesney Beaton

R.I.P. Marion Chesney Beaton

This Scottish ball of fire known as M.C. Beaton was the prolific author of two popular mystery series starring her creatively-named detectives Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth.  I began reading her after being given an Agatha Raisin novel several years ago, and I...
Just Chilling

Just Chilling

Winter inspires me.  During a season in which many people feel grey and colorless, trapped and isolated, I feel peace.  I enjoy the forced slow-down, the quiet solitude.  In spring, there is the pressure to perform, to look alive, to bring forth, but in winter, there...
Spring Thoughts

Spring Thoughts

Spring is the time for new beginnings and, I hope, endings (of novels) that lead to eventual book birth. It made me think of poetry about spring. Here is one of my faves. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud  I wandered lonely as a cloudThat floats on high o’er...
The Tapestry Room

The Tapestry Room

In Duel, I base my fictitious estate, Hampstead Hall, on the very real estate of Great Fosters in Surrey, England. Once a hunting lodge of Henry VIII, this Tudor mansion and estate is now a hotel. The Tapestry Room is one of the luxury hotel rooms, but it used to...
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