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Catriona McPherson
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I've just returned from a book group visit, where the members were discussing AS SHE LEFT IT and one of the comments that struck me forcibly was "There are a lot of very bad women in this book." We talked... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at My Weblog
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Femmes Fatales welcomes Simon Wood. Catriona: I'm tickled pink to be welcoming Simon Wood to Casa Fatale today. I met Simon not long after arriving on these shores. I overheard the soaring, swooping vowels of a southern English accent at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Catriona There are as many Left Coast stories as there were people there; this is one. My adopted state of California put on a great show for a start. The Pacific was sparkling, the sun was shining, the seals... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at My Weblog
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It’s my great pleasure today to welcome Adam to Fatal Acres to talk about the research he does for his writing. Adam’s a true-crime writer – but wait! Before you shudder and leave – it’s not that kind of true... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Catriona In a recent posting I was bemoaning the fact that I’ve got to be a four season gardener these days, since California has no winter to speak of. (Thanks, by the way, to everyone elsewhere in the country... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Catriona In Fiddler On The Roof, Tevye says, in that growl that you hear through the soles of your feet, "I realise of course, it's no shame to be poor; but it's no great honour either." That's how all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: "In a particularly fine episode of that particularly fine cultural flowering Buffy The Vampire Slayerthe scooby gang find their worst nightmares coming true. Buffy's father rejects her and tells her she's the reason her parents divorced; Xander is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: It's my great pleasure today to welcome Terry Shames to Fatal Acres to talk about some of the eyebrow-raising questions she's had on her debut book tour (and some of the quick thinking she's needed to do to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at My Weblog
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Catriona says: "At my first Malice Domestic, for which I had offerred to moderate a panel (not actually knowing what that meant particularly), the pixies sprinkled me with some of luckiest dust of my life so far. The moderatees were:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at My Weblog
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I hesitate to steam in and blog on top of Donna's etiquette barnstormer from yesterday but a. this is sort of related and b. Donna's blog is still there, just a short scroll away. I've always made read-a-lutions. When I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at My Weblog
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I've always been a four-season gardener, only the four seasons used to be planting, enjoying, clearing up and dreaming. And the dreaming time - winter - was the best gardening season of all. My patch in Gallowy use to go... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at My Weblog
No one really wants to be in the position to write one – like no one wants to know the best way to get bubblegum off a wedding dress – but if you’re unfortunate enough to become an expert, you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at My Weblog
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Happy bookday to me (and Dandy)! Happy bookday to me (and Dandy)! Happy US publication day To Dandy Gilver and me! (Can you tell I’m baking, and that I’ve already been eating butter icing off the mixer whisks? ) Anyway,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at My Weblog
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by Catriona McPherson The first thing to say is that I don't actually believe in ghosts. (In fact, I don't have any supernatural beliefs at all. I've never come across anything that didn't seem best explained by science, coincidence, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at My Weblog
What started me off on this was sitting at the next table to a group of diners in the local steakhouse a week or two ago and hearing them order white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, chocolate mudcake and pecan and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2013 at My Weblog
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I know it doesn't have quite the same ring to it but, it was 102 degrees at 7pm on Friday night in Davis, CA, when I was hosting a launch party for my new book. That's my excuse for looking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at My Weblog
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Readers of this blog are used to a literary feast from the wonderfully talented Femmes et Frere. This week: hotdish surprise. Catriona has stepped aside for a one week (not-so-) special and allowed me, Neil, her husband, to give an... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at My Weblog
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It's flowers instead of words because words fail me this week. These are from my garden today, with love, to innocent victims of hate and heartlessness anywhere: Paradise All-american Beauty Rainbow Sorbet Moondance Perfect Love Passionate Kisses California Dreamin' Limoncello... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at My Weblog
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By the time you read this, I will be . . . in Colorado, at Left Coast Crime. (Dramatic opening, though, eh?) And it just occurred to me that it was exactly ten years ago - March 2003 - that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at My Weblog
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Don't get me wrong - I'm happy for the nominees and I cheer for the winners, but the actual ceremony is usually a sort of long postscript to the main event out on the red carpet as far as I'm... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at My Weblog
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Since I moved to California, people have asked if I'm English (answer: nearly), Swedish (answer: it's dyed), Irish (answer: close but no Guinness) and German (answer: huh?). No one has ever asked if I'm Scottish. In fact, a few have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at My Weblog
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It's that time of year again. I'm just about to knock off (unless that means "steal" or "impregnate"), break up (unless that means "get divorced") oh blimey I'm just about to stop work for a fortnight and hit the couch,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2012 at My Weblog
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Am I ever asking the wrong crowd? How depressing is it that this question still gets an airing? When am I going to starting answering some of these? But it was on my mind again after someone almost went to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2012 at My Weblog
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Actually it's not about the address, exactly, but who can resist a pun when it's a. right there b. clean and c. linked to Elaine's fab post from yesterday? Not me. It's really about the house. Hands up if you've... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at My Weblog
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For my introductory blog as a fully-fledged femme the fabulosi have set me some questions to answer. Here goes. Dana: You studied linguistics! What was your specialty and do those studies come into play in your novels? Yes, I did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2012 at My Weblog
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