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By Elaine Viets Want flowers for Valentine's Day? They'll be dead in three days. Chocolates will make you fat. Dinner at a romantic restaurant means a long wait and a harried staff. How about something you can enjoy forever for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at My Weblog
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I'm delighted Lori Rader-Day joined us on today's Femmes Fatales. Lori, the author of The Black Hour and Little Pretty Things, is a two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee and won the 2014 Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Her... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at My Weblog
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Recently, I met Los Angeles mystery writer Rachel Howzell Hall at the Mystery Writers of America National board orientation. I read Land of Shadows, featuring LA homicide detective Elouise "Lou" Norton. That novel deserved its starred review in Publishers Weekly.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at My Weblog
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Like "just a pinch of murder"? Let me recommend Leslie Budewitz's Spice Shop mysteries. Maybe you believe “It takes a village … to catch a killer.” You'll savor Leslie's Food Lovers’ Village Series. Leslie not only writes delicious cozies, she's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets A huge white blotch spread across the center of my cat's head in the CT scan on the veterinary radiologist's computer. Our cat Mystery had cancer. I knew it. I took a deep breath and forced out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at My Weblog
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The Femmes Fatales wish you and yours happy holidays. Here are a few photos from our album. Leigh and/or Toni L.P. Kelner and Sid the family skeleton, meet the Heat Miser and the Snow Miser from “The Year Without a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Don and I bought our Fort Lauderdale condo from a British ex-pat I'll call Rodney because that's not his real name. Rodney liked to brag how rich he was. Once we bought the condo, we figured why... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at My Weblog
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Some stories are so close to home, we don't recognize them. A stranger had to tell Jackie Minniri that her father's World War II story -- and the girl Jackie was named for -- would make a good book for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets In my family, Grandpa always carved the Thanksgiving turkey – and we kids were thankful. Sure, we had to sit at the kids' table. Yes, our parents told us, "Children should be seen and not heard." But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at My Weblog
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"I'm going to the Sex Olympics," my husband Don said. "You come home with a medal and you're a dead man," I said. "My editor assigned it," he said. Don is a reporter for the Forum newspapers in South Florida.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Angela Richman, the star of my new Death Investigator series, makes her debut in the new Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. "Gotta Go," a short story, opens in mythical Chouteau County, a "ten square mile pocket of white... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets I'm working this Labor Day weekend. OK, I'm not digging ditches, manning a counter at a convenience store or working as a security guard, the way my Grandpa spent his Labor Day. I'm working on my 15th... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets I scan recipes the same way pimply teenage boys drool over centerfolds. We know we don’t have a hope of ever enjoying these airbrushed delights. But I have my fantasies. I look at recipes that begin "take... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Florida Man Asks Public For Help Looking For His 18-Foot Banana Police Catch Florida Man Trying to Chew Off Own Fingerprints Florida Man Steals "32 Gallons" of Underwear Meet Florida Man, the Internet sensation. His Twitter account... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at My Weblog
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Beach read: Cool woman with Marcia Talley's hot new mystery, "Daughter of Ashes." A reader with a fine fur coat checks out Elaine Viets' latest Dead-End Job mystery, "Checked Out." Dunkin, who owns two Bob and Synae of Fort Lauderdale,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Your novel is published, the reviews are in, the mad whirl of book promotion, signings, blog tours, and book tours are finally over. Now what? Well, if you’re lucky, your novel will take on a life of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at My Weblog
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Elaine Viets The "Beach Body Ready" ads – the ultimate in fat shaming – created an international controversy. Protestors happily defaced them. Above is an example during the women’s World Cup. Fat shaming is big right now. But I’m seeing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets My tire blew out in the fast lane on I-95 near Davie Boulevard and 595, when I was heading for Miami in my ‘86 Jaguar, Black Beauty. Thank goodness it was a rear tire. I hung onto... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Appliances have special sensors to detect when a check arrives. The sophisticated ones know exactly the amount of the check. That’s why our fridge died on payday, a few months ago. We bought a good used fridge.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets At night, millions of Americans watch the news to think about the major issues of the day: What really happened in the Amtrak crash? Why won't Goldie Hawn tie the knot with Kurt Russell after thirty years?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Invitations to weddings, bar mitzvahs and graduations. Prescriptions and plane tickets. Bills and photos. These are just a few things that librarians find in books, some checked out by patrons and others donated to the Friends of... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at My Weblog
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Almost Here! By Elaine Viets Four more days and Checked Out, my new Dead-End Job mystery, will be published. I can’t wait for next Tuesday. Yes, this is my 14th Dead-End Job mystery, but publication day is still a celebration.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Three award-winning mystery writers – one Brit and two Femmes Fatales – are touring together, starting next Sunday, May 3. Frances Brody, Marcia Talley and I will sign in Baltimore and then the North Carolina Research Triangle,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at My Weblog
Barry, this is hilarious. I can picture everything -- including that poor dog. Thanks for this slice of paradise.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2015 on A Reflection on Windows at My Weblog
I had a situation similar to Marcia's: At a bookshop signing party, a reader was discussing my books with me when another author interrupted us and said, "Have you read my book?" and gave her spiel. We have since become friends. I realize now she had a serious case of "new author syndrome" but it was curable.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2015 on Maybe It's a Southern Thing (or Thang) at My Weblog