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Let the Music Play

I had already decided to make January a theme month on the blog, and to once again make it Short Story Month, with the goal to read a short story every day. 930 more words

Books I've Read

Something like a guitarist

I came across an article on Facebook recently about a listing of the all-time great guitarists. These are subjective discussion starters (or perhaps argument starters depending on your level of passion). 355 more words



I just started working with a new editor on the follow-up to Ark City Confidential. From one of her earlier e-mails she wrote:

“I enjoy your writing style and the tight control you have on writing.” 302 more words


Good Reads Review: The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the first word to the last, The Black Dahlia grabs you, drags you down into the murky underbelly of police corruption and old money grudges, and won’t let you go until you’re covered in filth and feel at least partially responsible for the death of Elizabeth Short. 497 more words

Living Conditions

Oct 2017 - The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

One of the most famous unsolved murders in the US – The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy brings to mind the 1940’s/50s film noir feeling.  James Ellroys fictional account of what could have happened to the want – to – be starlette Elizabeth Short feels seedy as we explore the underbelly of the City of Angels in the late 1940’s. 262 more words

Oct 2017 - The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

A very macabre subject for our October read indeed.  The Black Dahlia aka Elizabeth Short’s most horrific unsolved murder!  James Ellroy spins a tail of ‘what may have happened’ to the young raven haired beauty from the East who landed in the City of Angels hoping to become a starlet. 349 more words

Historic College Park Book Club

In Loyalty to Our Kind*

In Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Hercule Poirot solves the stabbing murder of wealthy American businessman Samuel Ratchett. The victim is killed on the second night of a three-day trip across Europe on the famous Orient Express, and the only possible suspects are the other passengers in the same car. 1,049 more words

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