In August I visited the Finger Lakes region of New York. The 11 lakes, gouged out by glaciers years ago, are located in a triangle between Syracuse, Rochester and Elmira-Corning. The mountainous area is known for its beautiful scenery as well as museums, historic sites and over 100 wineries. The Finger Lakes climate is perfect for producing … More Money Grab Visits the Finger Lakes
Camino Island by John Grisham has a more mellow tone than his usual thrillers. There is a theft. There is a murder. There are investigations by the FBI, the local police and the insurance company, which is on the hook for paying compensation for Princeton’s loss. But there’s not the tension, the drama, or the breakneck … More Turning to Mysteries: Camino Island by John Grisham
Exchange Traded Funds, or ETFs, seem to be everywhere these days. They are a low-cost, tax efficient way to invest. They reduce your risk versus investing in a single stock. They can provide ready access to many asset classes, especially for the smaller investor. In my novel Money Grab, I wrote: Clients these days are convinced … More What is an ETF?
For fans of the Masterpiece Theatre television series Downton Abbey,nothing is more thrilling than a visit to Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England, to see the house where much of the series was filmed. As we pulled up the graveled drive, the distinctive opening notes of the Downton theme song played in my head. The Herbert family has owned … More Money Grab Visits Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle
Can you make money by investing in a company with no profits? A company that is burning through its cash? A company that keeps issuing new debt to cover its losses? In Money Grab I wrote about Hawthorne Medical, a fictional start-up biotech company that was not making any money, was still in cash-burn stage, but whose … More Tesla Burns Cash as Stock Soars
Today is National Read a Book Day! To celebrate, I recommend you try The Switch by Joseph Finder. I’ve been a Joseph Finder fan ever since Company Man and High Crimes. A New York Times best-selling author, Finder is known for writing fast-paced plots with high levels of intrigue. In The Switch, Finder explores a situation that … More Happy National Read a Book Day!
Instead of reviewing a mystery this month, I wanted to share with you a wonderful blog that I have followed for the past few years. It’s called The Gracious Posse and is written by Ellen Buoyer and Alison Fauls, who have been Richmond residents for 25+ years. The tagline for the blog is “celebrating inspired living with … More Recommended Reading: The Gracious Posse
BIG thanks to Maggie King for giving MONEY GRAB a shoutout in her latest blog post! You’ll love this action-packed financial whodunit. Frances Aylor is an author to watch—as is her sleuth, the resourceful and feisty Robbie Bradford.
July 2017 marked the 200th anniversary of the death of English writer Jane Austen (1775-1817), famous for her novels Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion. In them she focused on the daily lives of country residents in Georgian England, highlighting the social mores of the time and the immense pressure on young women to marry well, … More Money Grab Visits England
In The Lost Order, Steve Berry follows his signature style of opening with an historical event – a fire at the Smithsonian in D.C. in 1865 – and then brings the action into the present day as former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone struggles to find billions in missing Confederate gold before the bad guys can get … More Turning to Mysteries: The Lost Order by Steve Berry