Turning to Mysteries: The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

The Crossing Places by British writer Elly Griffiths is the first book in her Ruth Galloway mystery series. Ruth is a 39-year-old professor of forensic archeology who lives alone with her cats in a remote area of England called the Saltmarsh, which was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants. Ruth loves sequins and bling but always … More Turning to Mysteries: The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

Win By Not Losing

In my April newsletter, I described the Trivial Pursuit game that we played (unsuccessfully) during our recent three-week Brazilian cruise. The winning team got the big prize, and the remaining nine teams entered the playoff round to see who would come in second. Our ten-person team was in dead-last position. Each team could bet anything … More Win By Not Losing

Turning to Mysteries: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by best-selling author Paula Hawkins is not an easy read. Each of the first chapters is told from the point of view of a new character, and I found myself flipping back to the beginning as I read through the book, trying to remember who everyone was. Plus, the book keeps jumping back … More Turning to Mysteries: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Travel Tips: Brazil

I just got back from a three-week Brazilian cruise, starting in Buenos Aires, Argentina and then traveling north along the Brazilian coast to the Amazonian city of Manaus. Along the way we stopped at Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, Salvador de Bahia, Ilhabela, Natal, Fortaleza and Santare̒m. It was a terrific trip! I’ll give some … More Travel Tips: Brazil

Turning to Mysteries: The Sorbonne Affair by Mark Pryor

In The Sorbonne Affair by Mark Pryor, American romance writer Helen Hancock discovers a spy camera in her Paris hotel room. Former FBI profiler Hugo Marston, now head of security for the American Embassy, is sent to investigate. Soon an embarrassing video featuring Hancock and one of her writing students is posted to the internet. As Marston … More Turning to Mysteries: The Sorbonne Affair by Mark Pryor

Turning to Mysteries: Vineyard Victims by Ellen Crosby

Ellen Crosby’s mystery Vineyard Victimshas just been nominated for a Mary Higgins Clark award! This is Crosby’s eighth book in her Wine Country Mystery series, featuring Lucie Montgomery as the owner of a Virginia-based vineyard. Lucie is forced off a rain-slicked road by former presidential candidate Jamie Vaughan. He crashes into the gates of the Montgomery … More Turning to Mysteries: Vineyard Victims by Ellen Crosby