In 1994, writer Abigail Padgett published Child of Silence, the first in a series of mysteries featuring Bo Bradley, a child protection advocacy investigator – who just happens to have bipolar disorder (or manic depression, as it was more commonly called back then). The series continued through four more books – Strawgirl, Turtle Baby, Moonbird Boy, and The Dollmaker's Daughter. (All are still available as ebooks.)...more
I wrote the other day about my addiction to podcasts, namely, Serial. And since I can never stop at just listening to one thing or reading one thing, I put together a list of books for other podcast fans.
Jugs, a cat with gleaming green eyes who can broadcast his thoughts to his guardian. Bingo, a chubby feline based on the author's adored cat, Boomerang. Miss Marple, a savvy cat who enjoys napping in the Haven't Got a Clue bookstore. Merlot, Chablis and Syrah, three delightful felines who star in the Cats in Trouble series....more
Dear Miss Marple, We love how you use the wisdom of your garden, a wonderful metaphor for growth and discovery, to help solve tangled, often multigenerational village mysteries. You once described a puzzle of deception in At Bertram’s Hotel: “It is like when you get ground elder really badly in a border. There’s nothing else you can do about it—except dig the whole thing up.”...more
Dear Miss Marple: As a humble reader and ardent follower of your many successfully solved mysteries, your travels, and your evolution in popular culture as a “force to be reckoned with”—I must ask: How do you do it? ...more
“Chant of Death is a remarkable piece of storytelling: grounded in the real and the observable but connected as well to the magical and the ineffable. Diane Marquart Moore and Isabel Anders are rare intelligences in the world of mystery writers. They have woven a tale that is at once a traditional mystery with nods here and there to the best of the writers in the genre....more
Recently, New York Times best-selling author Lorna Barrett sat down to chat about mysteries, readers and why her series is so enormously popular.
Q. The Booktown Mysteries are enormously popular and readers love Tricia Miles, the owner of the Haven't Got a Clue bookstore. Is there a "real" Tricia Miles who served as the inspiration for this delightful character?...more