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Dean James
Author of the "Cat in the Stacks" mysteries as Miranda James
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It's that time of year again, when mystery readers start thinking about murder during the holidays... What is it about family get-togethers that make people want to kill? Whatever it is, it provides entertainment for mystery readers. My own recent... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at My Weblog
From all the Femmes Fatales... Happy Thanksgiving! And a Thanksgiving bonus from Donna: back in 2004, Dean James and Claudia Bishop co-edited a book of short stories called Death Dines In. They asked the contributors for "a meal, a murder,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at My Weblog
Today is a sad one in the mystery community. A highly respected member, Duane Swierczynski and his wife Meredith, have lost their beloved daughter Evie to leukemia. The mystery community in many ways is a small town, with many neighborhoods,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at My Weblog
My guest for today's blog is none other than Deborah Adams, the founding spirit behind the Femmes Fatales, lo these many years ago. She is the award-winning author of the Jesus Creek mysteries series, a wickedly funny group of books... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at My Weblog
We have all had experiences that have touched us deeply, moved us, sometimes in almost indefinable ways. Books, movies, places, people, experiences -- they all have the power to move us. I have been thinking about this recently, looking back... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at My Weblog
I think this post is probably one I posted several years ago, but given the discussion about cozies and their origins that seems to arise on a regular basis, I thought it bore re-sharing, with a few additions. For one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at My Weblog
Having been a fan of libraries ever since my father took me, aged eight, to the Elizabeth Jones Public Library in Grenada, Mississippi, to get my first library card, I thoroughly enjoy mysteries connected to libraries and to librarians. Kind... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at My Weblog
Over the years I've read thousands of mystery and detective stories, and I occasionally make lists of some favorites. I am sharing that list here, but I warn you that it is far from complete. There are many more I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at My Weblog
It's no secret that Georgette Heyer, queen of the Regency-era historical novel, is one of my favorite writers. Between Heyer and Jane Austen, I became fascinated by the period of English history known as the Regency. This was the period... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at My Weblog
I enjoy re-reading authors that I love, and one of these authors that I love, and one of them is the late Dorothy Gilman. Though she is best known as the creator of the redoubtable Mrs. Emily Pollifax, CIA agent,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at My Weblog
Having final finished the manuscript I thought would never be finished, I've had time recently to read and thought I would share the fruits of that reading. Particularly since I have read some excellent books (and in a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at My Weblog
Various memes pop up on Facebook constantly, and some of them have to do with personal quirks and/or unusual information about the person posting them. I've not yielded to temptation on Facebook, but I thought the idea an amusing one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at My Weblog
Until recently, I've not had kittens in the house for over twenty years. In that time my memory of kittenish antics faded, but with Bert & Ernie, the tuxedo brothers I adopted Thanksgiving weekend, I am finding those memories renewed.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at My Weblog
I learned yesterday of the death at 88 of mystery writer Marian Babson (1929-2017). Marian, born Ruth Stenstreem in Salem, Massachusetts, emigrated to England in the 1960s, I believe. She lived there the rest of her life. Beginning in 1971... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at My Weblog
I've had two cats for the past five-and-a-half years. Pippa and Toby. They are both now six-and-a-half, more or less. I thought that two cats was plenty. Pippa is a calico and quite the little princess. Toby is a large... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at My Weblog
The Femmes Fatales wish you all a happy Thanksgiving, and we are thankful to you all for your continued support! Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at My Weblog
I can't pinpoint when my interest in history first began, particularly my interest in the history of my family. I do remember as a teenager meeting one of my paternal grandfather's cousins who shared with the work she had done... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at My Weblog
The recent weather events with Harvey and Irma have brought back many memories of my own experiences with hurricanes from my years in Houston. Before I lived through Alicia in Houston in 1983, my only experience that I could recall... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at My Weblog
I write series books that follow the adventures of a main character or characters, along with the secondary characters who are a part of the main characters' lives. Though the main character is always the chief focus of the story,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at My Weblog
Yes, I kill people. To date, upwards of thirty. More to come, I hope. And of course I'm sure anyone reading this realizes that I'm writing about fictional characters being murdered. People who read my books already know this about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at My Weblog
I've written here before about how discovering Nancy Drew inspired my love of mysteries. Nancy led me to a host of other juvenile detectives, and I read as many of them as I could find. In the late 1960s and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at My Weblog
Visiting us today is one of the original Femmes Fatales, Julie Wray Herman. Julie and I have been good friends for over twenty years, and I have always been a fan of her writing. She wrote three wonderful mysteries for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at My Weblog
When I'm working on a book I don't usually read mysteries. What I read during the period of completing a manuscript varies, depending on whatever my mood might be. At present, during my downtime (usually a little while before bedtime),... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at My Weblog
One of the questions facing mystery writers is whether to write a series or to write stand-alones. The answer depends on several things: the preferences of the writer, the intended audience, and, to a certain degree, the marketplace. My preference... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at My Weblog
This past weekend I attended the Alabama Book Festival in the state capitol, Montgomery. Carolyn Haines and I did a panel together on cozy mysteries, moderated by our friend Tammy Lynn. This was only the second state book festival that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at My Weblog