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Cattriona: Does anyone feel they need a laugh? Or is life sunny enough already? Too breezy? Far too much like a bowl of cherries and in dire need of tempering with some gloom? That's what I thought. So here are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at My Weblog
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CATRIONA writes: Hank Phillippi Ryan, Carol Goodman, Tara Laskowski, Emma Rowley and I were all understandably thrilled to bits to be on the Mary Higgins Clark shortlist this year and immediately got in touch to talk about blogging, the ceremony,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: Well, this is exciting. Liz (aka Mary) is a longtime friend of the Femmes and has blogged here before about her Laurel Highlands mysteries - not to mention her adorable dog - but we're welcoming her back today... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at My Weblog
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Marion Chesney Gibbons died just before the turn of the year: a shock in the moment and a blow that is going to keep reverberating amongst her colleagues, friends and many many fans. I knew her a bit, having had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at My Weblog
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"The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter, It isn't just one of your holiday games You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter, When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES." T.S. Eliot... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2019 at My Weblog
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by Catriona Let’s get one thing straight. This is not the third new book I’ve had come out in three weeks. Okay? The last two were US releases and this one is in the UK. Totally different thing. Still, as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: When I invited Edith Maxwell to guest blog today, I had no idea we were in for a twofer. What a great idea for a blog post, when you've got two very different books coming out close together,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: It's my absolute pleasure to welcome Liz Milliron to Femmes Fatales today. Not only is she a sparklingly talented new(ish) voice in the crime fiction community (which is great, right? Because you can catch up with the series... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at My Weblog
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I'm back east. Waaaaaaaay back east - in Edinburgh, to be precise. Right now I'm sitting in the house where I was born, somewhere towards the top of this picture, on the southern side of the Forth, in a town... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: being a masochist, I like to listen to The Food Programme podcast from BBC Radio 4 while on the treadmill at the gym. Sometimes it's torture - the issue on street food and the one about frying are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at My Weblog
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It’s funny, but even though my next published book is number twenty five I still sometimes feel new at this game - lost, stuck, simply bewildered. But at other times, I do see that I’ve been around the block and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at My Weblog
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There are two times each year when I go completely over the top with food. One is Christmas, when my fridge becomes anaerobic from over-stuffing. The other is springtime when, despite all of last year's promises to grow one courgette... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at My Weblog
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I was reading an article earlier today, celebrating the period emoji, lamenting the still woeful experience of menstruating girls and women around the world and celebrating the improvements that have been made. It's worth a read: here. And it got... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at My Weblog
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Rosa "Doris Day", in the garden yesterday I had a blog set up for today, but I yanked it yesterday to pay tribute to the incomparable Doris Day. If you love her, you'll understand how wretched I feel that a... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at My Weblog
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by Catriona Malice Domestic - a celebration of traditional mystery - takes place in Bethesda, MD, this Friday to Sunday, and a fair few of the Femmes are headed that way. In fact, look at this: Yep, Femme Donna is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at My Weblog
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I had a book come out yesterday - SCOT & SODA - the second in the Last Ditch series, about a Scotswoman in Calfornia, fighting crime and kale. So far, the reviews have been kind: "imaginative, frightfully funny ... clever... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at My Weblog
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This Saturday night in a banquet room in a hotel in downtown Vancouver, BC, the Lefty awards for best mystery novel, best first mystery novel, and best historical mystery novel are going to be yearned for, fought over, grudged and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at My Weblog
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I've written twenty six novels. (Three of them aren't published yet, if anyone's counting.) And a handful of short stories. Two sitcom scripts that went into development and never came out again. More blog posts than there are weeds in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at My Weblog
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What’s harder? Naming characters or naming pets? I’m having an awfy job finding the right name for two characters in the WIP. It’s so bad I’ve given them both two names each. They don’t call one another by their real... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at My Weblog
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By Catriona My book buying embargo (until I've read at least half of what's on my TBR shelf, or until Left Coast, whichever comes first) is beginning to bite. So a weekend of libraries seemed perfect. It kicked off at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at My Weblog
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Now that our Thanksgiving food comas have worn off and the Black-Friday+Shop-Small-Saturday+Cyber Monday frenzy has died down, we Tuesday Femmes took some time to reflect on our favorite holidays and recommend some holiday reading with accompanying food and drink suggestions,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at My Weblog
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. . . now there's an opener, eh? The end of this particular quote is nothing to do with Groucho Marx or institutions, though. Robert Louis Stevenson, one of Edinburgh's most illustrious and beloved writers, said marriage was "a step... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I've never had a guest-post title I agree with more. I want a tiara too! (It's a similar feeling to when MC Beaton told me she had just got a new opera cloak because her old one was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at My Weblog
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It's getting to the time of year - summer a faint memory behind us and Christmas* a faint prospect ahead, that short breaks start to seem like a great idea. And what could be better than a short break in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I'm delighted to be hosting Cynthia Kuhn today. I read her debut The Semester of Our Discontent shouting "YES!" every few pages, and upsetting the cat, because Cynthia really gets to the heart of academia in a way... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at My Weblog
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