Maple Syrup Murder, a Review


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The name of Lemon’s sleuth is Ida Noe, a fact which our heroine finds irritating since, as many people  point out, her name sounds rather similar to that overused phrase, I dunno. And since she’s never married, it’s a burden she’s had to bear all her life.

As you have perhaps guessed, Maple Syrup Murder features humor as well as mayhem within its pages. But when faced with a friend who she believes is being framed for the murder of a maple sap reviewer, Ida stiffens her spine and goes to work to prove the town’s darling young policeman wrong. Of course in a tourist rich spot like Cider Island, murder is not on the merchants’  list of top attractions. So the pressure is on everyone to get this case solved

Maple Syrup Murder is a lark, and I’m sure readers will be looking forward to future installments.


Saturday Promotion Day for Authors


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Today and every Saturday through the rest of the year, writers are free to post details of their books here. To do so, just tell us a little about your book and provide a link to a retail outlet in the comment section. Let us help you get the word out. Only post one book per week, please.

Thanks for reading, and if you’re a fiction writer, may all the words you produce today be golden.

Smiles, Smiles, Smiles


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As an author, I’m frequently writing about people smiling. Of course, I can’t constantly write ‘he smiled.’ That would be boring, and being boring is a cardinal sin for fiction writers.

As an alternative, I might write ‘he grinned,’ or ‘his lips turned upward at the corners,’ or some other version of lips pulling apart and showing teeth… or not. But are all grins, smiles, smirks, and laughing lips equal? Of course not. So what, specifically, do these different versions of the humble smile really mean?

To pursue that question I recommend reading this series of blog articles on smiles by Sinay Tarakanov. Mr. Tarakanov writes a blog dedicated to understanding what our bodies are saying. Not only is his entry on smiles interesting, but as a fiction author I found all of his articles enlightening.

Thanks for reading this entry, and if you’re a fiction writer, may all the words you produce today be golden.


A Rainy Day Murder Nearing Completion

murder-1This all happens as Hetty finds herself struggling to solve a string of nasty murders. Only this time, the challenge comes in a big city where private lives aren’t as easily accessed as in a small town with its nonstop flow of gossip.

But Hetty Fox is nothing if not resourceful. And she can usually be counted on to ferret out the truth no matter where she happens to be.

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The Hangman’s Daughter, a Review


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A midwife has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a child, but the hangman doubts she’s guilty. It goes against everything he knows about her. But can he find the killer before he’s required to begin torturing her to win a confession?

The story is set in Bavaria in the mid-1600s,  For a helper in his search for the real killer, the hangman  has a young physician, who believes there’s more to being a doctor than the less than scientific approaches of the past. The good doctor also has an eye for the hangman’s daughter.

The hangman’s daughter, meanwhile, likes the young doctor back but there’s a problem. In Bavaria in the 1600s, a hangman’s daughter can only marry a hangman’s son.

I can’t call this a cozy mystery. This is, after all, the story of a hangman. But it is a good read with interesting characters and details of a profession you’ve probably not known much about before.  In addition to providing a compelling mystery, the book also contains some internal graphics that are well worth the viewing.