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Catriona McPherson
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Lot of travelling going on this week: I’m on a UK blog tour to celebrate the launch, on Thursday, of DANDY GILVER AND A MOST MISLEADING HABIT. And I’m also on a flight to Edinburgh right now (or maybe I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at My Weblog
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Catriona is currently finishing a thriller and a Sisters in Crime Report and getting ready to go to Britain in two weeks' time to launch a mystery and attend Harrogate, so she has stepped aside to let a real investigator... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at My Weblog
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It's almost time for the only class I teach in the whole year again. One day every June, I go down to University of the Pacific creative writing conference and think of something more useful to say than the honest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at My Weblog
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I got two out of three right on the Memorial Day Challenge yesterday: wear white linen - yep; drink iced tea - nope (see mug above); and, most important of all, start closing your car windows when you park so... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at My Weblog
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I've never been in a bookclub. Poor Cinders. But I've been the guest of many, many bookclubs who're reading one of my books - three this week as a matter of fact - and a girl can dream. The Bookends,... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: This is a well-titled guest blog. Not only does standing next to petite Cathi Stoler make me feel like a plough ox, but on paper the long and the short of it that we have nothing in common:... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at My Weblog
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Welp, it finally happened. I want to write a book about someone who's a writer. And that's the beginning of the end, isn't it? Like when stand-up comics start telling jokes about hotel showers, or bands write [see title of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at My Weblog
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“It’s an honour to be nominated” has earned its clichéhood honestly:- it’s true. And all five of the Mary Higgins Clark nominees this year feel especially honoured to be on the shortlist for this award. Why? Well, in our own... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at My Weblog
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That is, I’ve got a book coming out on Friday. It’s book five in this strand and book seventeen in my life and . . . it’s still exciting. (Full disclosure, I’m writing this last week before I go to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at My Weblog
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(. . . actually accomplish not much at all at The Ugliest House in California.) I know I've posted before about my deep, sincere and abiding love for Calamity Jane? (I dream of writing a historical series set in 1860s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at My Weblog
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This is Toni's day but she, very sadly, has had to go to a family funeral so I've decided to step in and finish yesterday's rant. Only I'm not ranting today. Instead, I thought I'd talk about high tea. There's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at My Weblog
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This blog has been coming for a while. For so long, in fact, that a bit of it is obsolete because Dame Maggie Smith covered it in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel when she channelled her inner Dowager Duchess... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at My Weblog
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Images to go with words have been on my mind recently, because last week not one but two jacket designs came in. (I asked if I could show them today. No deal. ) But as well as that, pictures have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I'm delighted to welcome my friend and Sister (in Crime) Susan Shea here to Fatal Acres today. I've been a huge fan of Susan's Dani O'Rourke series of mysteries, since I bought her debut when we met at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at My Weblog
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And it would resound yours too if you'd put away the Burns Supper that was absorbed at my house on Saturday night. I started haggis prep on Thursday, grating suet and boiling offal and generally getting quite Macbethy. Now, in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at My Weblog
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For twenty eight Decembers, my beloved and I have been decorating our student flat, own flat, cottage, farmhouse and now Ugliest House in California with Christmas trees standing in buckets of stones. Then this year, while dumpster-diving, I found two... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at My Weblog
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It's been quite a year round this way. Busy, beset with surgery and injury, missing some of the components that make other years great (like weekends, holidays (in the vacation sense), and Bloody Scotland) but last Monday the end was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at My Weblog
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Twice in the last two days it has hit me that I really am at home here now. I was in the supermarket yesterday and the thought struck that I could pick up the ingredients for the green bean casserole.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: "When you invite someone to be a guest blogger and say the topic is a free choice,you never know what you're going to learn". If I had had a hundred guesses what Ellen Kirschman, a San Francisco based... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: We all love a good yarn, right? A mystery doesn't have to be about anything to grab us. But when you find a good grabby yarn that teaches you all manner of fascinating stuff about something new .... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I've heard people say that writing is hard and I always wonder what else they've tried: Mining? Psychiatric social work? But every so often there comes along a writer who really doesn't make it easy on themselves (awkward... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I hardly ever do this - but I couldn't resist it today. One: it's a fifth Tuesday and Hank and I usually take the four Tuesdays in a month turn-by-turn. Two: it's my last Tuesday as serving president... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: At one of the first US writer conventions I ever attended - Bouchercon St Louis? - I was introduced to Laura Disilverio and told that she was a retired air force colonel. I chatted but, honestly, I decided... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona Writes: This is exciting! We at Femmes Fatales have racked up a lot of miles on our collective writing journey and I for one sometimes feel like there's not much rubber left on the tires. So it's my delight... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at My Weblog
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Yep, it's both those times of year again at once. A - I've got a new book out today and I'm giving one away to a commenter (see below). But also B - Dumpster Diving in Davis, CA! After Christmas,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at My Weblog
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