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Marcia Talley
I write mystery novels set in the Chesapeake Bay region
Interests: Sailing the Chesapeake Bay, travel, knittting and reading.
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What Do You Do Out There? Friends who know us, and know our “out-island” home here in paradise, frequently ask: “What do you do out there for five months each year?” My neighbor, friend (both in the Bahamas and back... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at My Weblog
I don't think any of Agatha Christie's novels were more than 60,000 words; most of the Golden Age mysteries, in fact, seem to run around 180-200 pages max. When I bought the latest Galbraith for my Kindle, I wasn't aware until I saw it in a bookstore that it was 670-some pages. No wonder it was such a slog.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2019 on The Long and Short of It at My Weblog
Thanks, Laura!!
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2019 on My Pet Bird at My Weblog
A local birdwatcher has confirmed: a palm warbler, known locally as a Chim-chim.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2019 on My Pet Bird at My Weblog
I probably shouldn't comment as we are wintering in the Bahamas where a 'cold snap' means 69 degrees. At present, I'm reading a draft of Deborah Crombie's next mystery and feeling lucky to have mystery writers as friends!
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2019 on Winter is HERE! at My Weblog
We now have a pet bird. Whenever it flew into the cottage, at least at first, I’d try to catch it in a dishtowel and gently carry it back outside. But, the minute I turned my back, there it was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at My Weblog
I binge-watched Longmire. Also Orphan Black. Now that my novel's been turned in, I plan to catch up on Vera.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2019 on What Do You Binge Watch? at My Weblog
Pro Tip: Two weeks before you expect to hear back from your editor about the mystery novel you recently delivered is NOT the time to start a home renovation project! SeaLeggs, our crooked little cottage in Hope Town on Elbow... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at My Weblog
Debra, you are spot-on! Thanks for sharing your story with us. My Hannah Ives mystery series was orphaned twice, until she found a new home at Severn House. Keep writing ... is key. I love the idea of a reluctant chef!
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2019 on Why Writing Isn't a Solitary Process at My Weblog
Susan, ouch! At least I got paid!!
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2019 on The Worst Job Ever? at My Weblog
Over dinner last night, surrounded by family including my daughter, two sisters and assorted husbands and children, the talk turned from resolutions we'd made for the New Year that we probably wouldn't keep anyway to other topics. 'What was the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at My Weblog
Mother always said, ‘Identical twins run in the family,’ but until I dived, head-first, into genealogy research, I didn’t realize how true that was. My grandfather’s brothers, Warner and Will, were almost impossible to tell apart, except by close family... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at My Weblog
Thanks Art and Mark. It captures he theme of the book perfectly and is eye-catching to boot. Someone suggested I should get this as a tattoo. LOL.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2018 on Cover Reveal! at My Weblog
Readers may remember last year about this time I became deeply involved in researching my family history. Tangled Roots is one of the happy results. My research for Tangled Roots began with the obvious first step: I spit into a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at My Weblog
I voted! Thanks for taking my slot today, Joanna. I'm in deadline hell!! With a broken finger!
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2018 on Small Details at My Weblog
P.S. I just donated to Carnegie Library in MaryAlice's memory and my donation was matched!
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2018 on Mary Alice Gorman, 1944 - 2018 at My Weblog
Amen, Kate! And how fitting was her last Facebook post, urging us all to get out and VOTE!
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2018 on Mary Alice Gorman, 1944 - 2018 at My Weblog
To make a donation to Carnegie Library in Mary Alice's name, go to:
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I know! Pizza and wine and authors go so well together! And we'd stay at the fabulous Inn at Oakmont. I'm not sure when I started attending the Festival, but I must have gone over a dozen times, bring three or four authors along on a fabulous road trip. Lunch at Jean Bonet Tavern, Tea with the Librarians in Oakmont. Hundreds of people lining up for hours, even in the rain, to be among the first in the door. And because Richard and Mary Alice always seated us in alphabetical order, a goodly number of my author friends are in the R - Zs. I'm looking at you, Elaine Viets! And Victoria Thompson, and Wendy Corsi Staub,and Julia Spencer-Fleming, and Denise Swanson and ... and ... and.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2018 on Mary Alice Gorman, 1944 - 2018 at My Weblog
I'm still in shock. Thinking today about contributions in Mary Alice's honor -- ACLU for sure, and the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh where she was on the board.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2018 on Mary Alice Gorman, 1944 - 2018 at My Weblog
Sad news has reached me today about the sudden death of Mary Alice Gorman, founder and long-time owner with her husband, Richard Goldman, of Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA. I am stunned, and heartbroken. Mary Alice and Richard were... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at My Weblog
In these dark times, especially today, I find myself asking, “What would Florence do?” So I made 4 phone calls to key Senators and agreed to write 50 postcards. WWFD? Yup.
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2018 on Here Comes the Judge at My Weblog
I love the picture of Cousin Florence on her "Votes for Women" pilgrimage. Would you mess with that woman? I think not!!
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2018 on Here Comes the Judge at My Weblog
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about my first cousin twice removed, Florence Ellinwood Allen. In 1922, Florence was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court, making her the first woman to serve as a judge of the highest court of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at My Weblog
After a whirlwind three weeks, I am back home in Annapolis, Maryland, chained to my desk as I put the finishing touches on the 17th Hannah Ives novel, Tangled Roots. Husband Barry is helping by slipping thin food under the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at My Weblog