Kate White, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, gave an inspirational talk recently in Richmond, sharing such nuggets as “don’t believe everything you think,” “own your excellence,” “don’t lose fabulous opportunities,” “you don’t have to be 100% right,” and “ask for what you want.” Energetic and personable, White gave examples from her own work experience to illustrate her … More Turning to Mysteries: Even If It Kills Her by Kate White
British writer Anthony Horowitz cleverly combines fact and fiction as Horowitz becomes a character in his own mystery,The Word is Murder. Former detective Daniel Hawthorne, who is investigating the death of a woman who planned her own funeral and then was murdered six hours later, hires Horowitz to assist him and to write Hawthorne’s memoir. … More Turning to Mysteries: The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
This month my featured author is Maggie King, who lives in Richmond, Va. and is a fellow member of Sisters-in-Crime and James River Writers. A graduate of Elizabeth Seton College and Rochester Institute of Technology, Maggie worked as a software developer, retail sales manager and customer service supervisor before turning her skills to writing mysteries. Her style can … More Turning to Mysteries: Murder at the Moonshine Inn by Maggie King
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
Louise Penny is the author of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels, a mystery series set in the fictional city of Three Pines in Canada. In A Trick of the Light, artist Clara Morrow finally receives recognition for a lifetime of work by having a solo show at the Muse̒e d’Art Contemporain in Montreal. At a party in … More Turning to Mysteries: A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
I Know a Secret by New York Times best-selling author Tess Gerritsen is the latest in the Rizzoli & Isles series, made into a popular television show featuring Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. I was a big fan of Rizzoli & Isles and never missed an episode. In this book, Rizzoli and Isles investigate … More Turning to Mysteries: I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen
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
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!