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By Elaine Viets I'm going back to the dark side, and I can't wait to tell you about it. Brain Storm, my first mystery featuring Death Investigator Angela Richman, will be published August 2. Death investigators work for the medical... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Coin collectors. That's what I thought you called people who saved Krugerrands, Singapore Lions, Chinese Pandas and other gold coins. Wrong. Real coin collectors call these people "hoarders." If you save rare dates, numismatic-quality coins or uncirculated... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets A good detective story needs a car chase. We all remember "Bullitt," with Steve McQueen's Mustang hurtling down the San Francisco hills. Michael Caine's crafty Mini Cooper mixup in "The Italian Job" is another classic. I wanted... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at My Weblog
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I'm not a fan of most house museums. I don't enjoying looking at rich people's art and old furniture. The Henry Clay Frick house in New York is supposed to be a fine small art museum. I marveled at Frick's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets NOTE: Some readers will find the following blog shocking, or at least unsporting. I'm confessing this so that people with my habit will know they are not alone. When you settle in with a mystery, do you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets Punched, pushed, stomped, ridiculed. That's bullying, and it happens to nearly one out of four students ages 12 to 18. The Website stopbullying.gov says 22 percent of students during the 2012-2013 school year were bullied. But it's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at My Weblog
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By Elaine Viets I'm a big fan of Sarah Michelle Gellar, especially her "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series. I didn't realize the vamp killer and I had something in common: We both clip coupons. Sarah told a reporter, "I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at My Weblog
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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 Feb 10, 2016 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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