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Dean James
Author of the "Cat in the Stacks" mysteries as Miranda James
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Unless you've been hibernating under a particularly commodious rock the last few weeks, you have probably seen some mention in social media of British singer Adele. Her latest release, Adele 25, came out this past Friday. In less than a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at My Weblog
Over the past two years I have dealt with considerable change in my life, and I am thankful to have survived it all. That change consisted of the loss of a job, ten months of unemployment, a move from Texas... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at My Weblog
Our guest today is Kay Finch, who has recently published her fourth novel, but the firs t in a delightful new series featuring an aspiring mystery writer and a mysterious black cat named Hitchcock. Black Cat Crossing (Berkley Prime Crime)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at My Weblog
Our guest today is Elizabeth Foxwell, Managing Editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection and editor of the critically acclaimed series, McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction. She has recently published an anthology of the writings of American women who served... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at My Weblog
My "treasures on my shelf" blog about Victoria Holt drew some great comments, and I thought I would follow that with a recommended reading list for those who might want to do some retro-reading of my favorite romantic suspense novels.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at My Weblog
I've written here before about discovering mysteries with Nancy Drew when I was around ten. A couple of years later, I read my first adult mystery, a copy of The Shivering Sands by Victoria Holt that one of my aunts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at My Weblog
Georgette Heyer (1902-1974) is known to aficionados of Golden Age detective fiction as the author of twelve mystery novels, but to a much wider audience she is perhaps better known as the author of historical romances set chiefly in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at My Weblog
I have written many times about the influence of Nancy Drew in my life, and Nancy was the first series character whose books I collected. Before I encountered Nancy Drew, I don't recall having the impulse to own books. We... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at My Weblog
In my last blog I talked about the task of moving my extensive book collection when I relocated from Houston to the Jackson, Mississippi area. Today I thought I would talk about some of the treasures on my shelves, books... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at My Weblog
I could easily talk about the books I've read over the years that have moved me; for example, the first book that broke my heart, Charlotte's Web. Instead, I'm going to talk about the physical act of moving books. In... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at My Weblog
Today we have a special guest, Carolyn Haines, in celebration of her latest release, Bone to Be Wild, the 15th in the Sarah Booth Delaney series, just released by St. Martin's Press/Minotaur. Carolyn also writes ghost stories as R B.... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at My Weblog
Ruth Rendell, who died recently at the age of 85, was one of the greatest crime writers of her generation, along with the late P.D. James. Rendell's first novel was published in 1964, and her final book will be released... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at My Weblog
In Mississippi when I was growing up -- lo these many years ago -- people set a great store by good manners. Children were taught to respect their elders, people didn't show up to parties they weren't invited to, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at My Weblog
I am one of the many writers (probably in the majority) who do not make a living as full-time writers. I have a day job -- I am a medical librarian. In my position I am in charge of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at My Weblog
The news earlier this week that singer, songwriter, and activist Lesley Gore had died put me in a reflective mood. Though I was not quite four years old when she burst onto the scene with "It' s My Party," she... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at My Weblog
by Dean James. Since 2000 I have published twenty novels, thirteen of which are set in Mississippi where I was born and reared. During the writing of those novels I lived in Texas, and the Mississippi that I was writing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at My Weblog
I moved to Houston, Texas, in 1981 to attend graduate school at Rice University. I didn't expect I would remain in Houston once I earned my degree. To my great surprise, however, I ended up living there for thirty-three years.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at My Weblog
Every small Southern town has them – those indomitable women who run all kinds of organizations, from garden and bridge clubs to charitable agencies. Often they come from the town’s oldest families, generation after generation of club women who oil... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at My Weblog
One of the recent memes on Facebook is listing ten books that have stayed with us over the years. I was tagged in the game, and this is the list I posted: Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White Little Women, by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at My Weblog
The way publishing works these days, being dead is no impediment to being published. New books featuring established characters by dead authors are published on a regular basis. A sample list of these dead authors includes V.C. Andrews, Robert Ludlum,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at My Weblog
The late Agatha Christie is known the world over, having been published in over forty languages and having sold several billion books. Most readers know her, of course, as the creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Miss Marple... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at My Weblog
I've written before of the influence Nancy Drew has had on my reading and writing. She also whet my taste for travel through the adventures she had over the years, both in the United States and abroad. Nancy traveled to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at My Weblog
The English novelist Mary Stewart died recently at the age of 97. She had a long and distinguished career, beginning with the publication of her first novel, Madam, Will You Talk?, in 1955. Her debut established the hallmarks of her... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at My Weblog
Today I spoke to a women's literary organization in LaGrange, Texas, in a dual role. I talked about my own books, but as an employee of Murder by the Book in Houston, I gave quick reviews of a number of... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at My Weblog
I spent twenty consecutive years in school, earning three degrees in the process, including a Ph.D. in medieval history. Then my graduate fellowship ran out, and I had to join the ranks of the gainfully employed. Since that time, 1985,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at My Weblog