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

Chautauqua, New York

Let’s escape from the snow and cold of January by viewing some summertime pictures of Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York, which I visited a few years ago. Each summer, this beautiful lakeside resort offers nine weeks of thought-provoking presentations on religious, social and political topics. The topic for the session I attended was healthcare. At 17 … More Chautauqua, New York

Turning to Mysteries: Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Y is for Yesterday is the last book in Sue Grafton’s Alphabet series. There will be no “Z,” since Grafton died in December. Along with many other Grafton fans, I was greatly saddened by news of her death. I have read every Grafton book, starting with A is for Alibi. Her detective, Kinsey Millhone, was a very likeable … More Turning to Mysteries: Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton