Saturday, May 17, 2014


Stumbled across this review on the Virginia is for Mysteries on the Barnes and Noble page:

"The next time you explore Virginia’s landmarks, you’ll be looking for dead bodies under bushes, on gravestones (not under them), at the beach, even in the trunk of your own car—if you dare to read these mysteries. These stories by fourteen members of Virginia’s chapters of Sisters in Crime speak in a variety of engaging voices. I have to admit to playing favorites—my top three (in the order they appear in the book) are: “Justice Delayed,” by Maria Hudgins, “Death Comes to Hollywood Cemetery,” by Vivian Lawry, and “Best Friends Help You Move the Body,” by Jayne Ormerod. Even if you read only these outstanding stories, you will have gotten more than your money’s worth." ~Anonymous

Monday, May 12, 2014

Beach Life: Something Fun for a Rainy Day

Trivia question:  What TV show premiered December 16, 1972 and featured a not-so-young mystery-writing sleuth?  If you said Murder, She Wrote, you would be off by almost a dozen years. (Jessica Fletcher made her screen debut September 30, 1984.)    
Guess again…
The Nancy Drew Mysteries?  Right decade (1977) but Nancy was a teenager--and not a writer.
Give up?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

It's the annual Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda Maryland this weekend, and I'm heading that way.  First time for me, but I've been envious of friends and fellow writers who have been heading that way for years.  It's a conference dedicated to the COZY Mystery, which you know is exactly my cup of tea.  I am SOOOO excited!

AND....(drum roll please...) I'm moderating a workshop:  "Tales with Tails--Mysteries Involving Animals"  The famous authors are Sparkle Abbey (a writing team of Anita Carter and Mary Lee Woods), Jessie Chandler, Waverly Curtis and Laura Morrigan.  So if you are at the conference please join us at 11:45 a.m!

But this trip has also had me thinking of my writing career, where it's been (languishing), where it is (improving) and where I want it to go (can you say "NYTBS List, baby"? ha ha ha)  And part of those thoughts had me thinking about this blog.  It started out with some really great posts about beach life.  Not sure when I got away from that, but my plan is to get back to it, talking about all things beachy, to include books that are great to read while relaxing on the sand.  

An example of my blog's "roots" is "Beach Bling--Beach Wagons" and can be found here

So with beach season just around the corner, get ready for more Life's a Beach blog posts!