Category: Book Talk
Discussion: The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. The Murder at the Vicarage was Christie’s very first mystery to feature her [...]

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Discussion: 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

“A man strangled a woman!  In a train.  I saw it.” Mrs. McGillicuddy – 4.50 from Paddington Elspeth McGillicuddy was not a woman usually given to hallucinations.  But when she witnesses a woman being strangled on a train, no-one believes her.  With no other witnesses and no corpse, she turns to the one person who can help, but how can [...]

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Agatha Christie Book/Film Club Activities

Masterpiece Mystery Book & Film Club Agatha Christie ACTIVITIES In Agatha Christie’s novels, party games often have a lethal outcome. Hallowe’en Party introduces two such pastimes: “Snapdragon” and “Bobbing for Apples.” A third game, “The Flour Game,” is also described. Consider adding one or more of these diversions to your gathering, be it held on All Hallows Eve or any [...]

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Agatha Christie Book/Film Club Discussion Questions

Masterpiece Mystery Book & Film Club Agatha Christie DISCUSSION QUESTIONS For her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie wanted her detective to be “someone who hadn’t been used before.” Thus, the fastidious retired policeman Hercule Poirot was born—a fish-out-of-water, inspired by Belgian refugees she encountered during World War I, in the seaside town of Torquay, where she [...]

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My BEA pics – 2011

Was trying desperately not to have to upload these pictures for all to see, considering I was melting at the convention and my hair is slicked back making me look like a creepy used car salesman, but here goes.  There are only four.   This first one is of Tony Hawk and myself. I waited over an hour on line [...]

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Where have I been…

It’s been a while since I have blogged regularly. Not for lack of great books, but because of a blogging slump. Well that has been cured! The medicine? A little event names BEA. Maybe you have heard of it? My slump wasn’t lifted because of the free books or because of a day off from my standard obligations. My slump [...]

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Is there a Medicine Man in the house

Bloggers and Readers – I want to know what you do when you are in a reading funk. What inspires you to start picking up books again and enjoy your reading time? Share this:

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Books on my bookshelf 4/4/11
My TBR list 4-4-11

In order to keep myself in line, I am posting what’s on my bookshelf every week. I won’t get through all the books each week, but it will be intersting to see how I advance through them.  So here is my first week: Share this:

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Publisher and Agent and Editor AND Manager??

I found the following tweet in my stream the other day. I was going to ignore it because, well, it was just a tweet.  But I had just spoken to @SwiftInkEditor about this exact issue. Here is the tweet: I’ll take a few #askeditor #askagent #askpub questions while I am waiting for the medicine to kick in. #writing #publishing #books [...]

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“Scars” is being challenged and I am giving away 3 copies
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Scars is being challenged at Boone County Public Library in KY. This makes me sad and angry. Preventing any teen or reader from reading a book that might help them, might speak to them, seems so wrong to me. See complete article here. ABOUT THE BOOK: Kendra, fifteen, hasn’t felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood [...]

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Can I borrow your Kindle book please?

Ever since Kindle announced its “lend” feature, new sites have been popping up for just that purpose.  The lastest one being Lendle. With sites like Lendle and cropping up, and them not being affiliated with Amazon, the lending process is being stretched. You visit their sites, find the book you want, borrow it, read it, and it is automatically [...]

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Are we getting too sensitive about reviews?

Earlier this week we saw as an author had a meltdown and called out two book bloggers for not liking her book. But what makes a review unprofessional? The following review was posted on Amazon and several are saying it’s unprofessional and even rude. I’m going to give Jane one more chance after this, but if the third book is [...]

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