Abigail Padgett and Her Bipolar Heroine

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


Cindy Chow wrote this great review of A Premonition of Murder, book 3 in my Dream Club Mysteries for Penguin-Random House....more

If Tombstones Could Talk, NaBloPoMo, Day 11

"Policy of Truth" ...more

7 Books to Read If You're Devastated that 'Serial' Has Ended

 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. ...more
I'm hooked on Serial too! Thanks for the recommendations!  Can I make another one? There's a ...more

Mystery Madness: Veronica Mars and other obsessions

On twitter I admitted that I am a Mystery Geek....more

I Can't Resist a Mystery with a Cat

  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
@ElaineFaber  @ElaineFaber  I hit send too soon! Meant to say that Thumper sounds llike quite ...more

THREE Dear Miss Marple ...

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

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."
--Mark Twain.more

ONE Dear Miss Marple ...

 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

Follow my Reasons for Living series on Twitter.com

“For the supreme gift of ...more

Chant of Death: Interview with mystery writer and poet Diane Marquart Moore

“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

See Diane Marquart Moore's latest release, Silence Never Betrays, ...more

New York Times best-selling author Lorna Barrett Knows How to Commit the Perfect Murder

    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