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Catriona McPherson
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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 7 days ago 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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Catriona writes: It's a big day at Femmes Fatales today. We're welcoming our newest blog sister. (Well, I say "welcoming"; it might feel more like badgering to the newbie herself, since the rest of us old lags each chose a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: It's my deep pleasure to be welcoming to Fatal Acres today someone I know a bit and like a lot but usually have to admire from afar because all we ever get a hot minute at Malice -... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Catriona McPherson of the Femmes Fatales. I didn't know whether to cheer or spit at the news that Central Park, NYC, is about to welcome its first statue of a woman. (A real woman, that is; as opposed to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I'm always happy to hang out with Eileen Rendahl (aka Lillian Bell), in person, in books, or in blogs, but I'm especially glad to welcome her as guestblogger today. I'm not American and I didn't live here in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I'm at the beach. And, as luck would have it, Jessie Lourey and Shannon Baker are on a blog tour. So Femmes Fatales is the lucky recipient of quite simply the best, most lightbulby and least precious blog... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at My Weblog
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By the time you read this, I will be . . . in South Dakota. We're going out for a bit of a drive, the scientist and me. From California to Boston to Florida and back. And if doing it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: It's the second Monday of the month (last night, as I'm writing this) which means I'm just back from the pub quiz. One of the questions was: What city is the brightest in the world? We were divided... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at My Weblog
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I've had a slightly awkward relationship with the 4th of July in the eight years since I got here. For a start, we lost that one so why am I celebrating? And it's summer so the fireworks can't start till... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: The only decision easier than "Will I have the author of PICKED OFF (Henery Press, 5 June) as my guest at Femmes Fatales, when her new book comes out?" was the choice of topic. Linda Lovely (yes, really)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Catriona McPherson of the Femmes Fatales. Bit of a trek coming up this summer as I head out on a twenty-nine state excursion, driving from California to Massachusetts (OMG - it just took me seven count them seven pre-coffee... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at My Weblog
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I know, I know. There's big stuff happening all over the world and even if there weren't we should choose our battles and/or chill and/or let it go. Namaste. But. I find annoyed people more entertaining than almost anything else... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at My Weblog
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BSP warning. (You get a free pass for promotion the week a new book’s out, right? I hope so.) Well, SCOT FREE, came out on Sunday. It’s the first book I’ve written set in California and the jacket is .... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at My Weblog
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Forgive me the nearest thing I've ever written to clickbait, only I was listening to a BBC R4 Food Programme on comfort food while sweating and puffing through half an hour on the cross-trainer and coming up with this top-five... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at My Weblog
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I've been asking around about unreliable narrators recently, taking soundings about whether to ... out a bit of Louise Penny's quote on an upcoming book. And was there ever a more princess problem than that? "Boohoo, poor me, I don't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at My Weblog
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Calling all punctuation experts! Are you a stickler? Do you love nothing more than a properly-placed semi-colon? Can you help me with some speech marks in a book I want to love? Because at the moment the punctuation marks in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at My Weblog
So the Golden Globes nominations are out and yes Lady Bird and Three Billboards were both great. But also . . . it's Christmastime so I went, with friend and fellow-crimewriter Kris Calvin to see THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at My Weblog
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This last Remembrance Day (UK)/Veterans' Day (US), people were posting pictures of parents and grandparents in uniform all over social media, and telling tales of their service. So I thought I'd share the story of my grandad, James "Mac" MacDonald... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at My Weblog
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It's the last Tuesday of the month and so it's the Tuesday Femmes in conversation: Hank, Catriona and . . . for the first time . . . our brand-new Femme, Alexia Gordon. Hmmm, last day of October. Whatever will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: It's my absolute pleasure to be welcoming our guest at Fatal Acres today. Ellen Byron's mystery-writing career started with a bang: she won the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic grant for unpublished writers - "the Malice grant" - and,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at My Weblog
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And so October arrives. It's my favourite month: my birthday is in October; Bouchercon is very often in October; my parents arrrive in California to start their month's visit in October (today!); and, of course, Halloween. The whole month is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at My Weblog
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Femmes and Friends, you've caught me on the hop today. After a weekend at Bloody Scotland, I got up at the crack of dawn and hit the road for Yorkshire, en route to London. Just about to flake out completely... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at My Weblog