Friday, December 13, 2019

R: EVERYTHING CRIME FROM A – Z


Reviews

Reviews are based on taste and preference. What one person dislikes, another person loves. If someone dislikes a book, that doesn’t make it a bad book. On the flip side, if someone loves a book, that doesn’t make it a good book.
A reviewer may say they didn’t like the book because it was too humorous and they prefer serious works. Reading that, I’d jump on the book because I love humor.
When I leave a review for a book, I try to say why I liked the story. It gives the next person something to hang their hat on. If I don’t like a story, I don’t ever leave a negative review because I don’t think it’s fair to bash someone’s hard work. For instance, there’s an author my mother loves (I won’t name names) whom I detest. And we love/hate her for the exact same reason—she’s super heavy on description. I prefer more dialogue than description in my reading. Does that make her a bad author? Not at all. She’s a best-seller.
Several years back, a book came out where the author didn’t use any quote marks to indicate dialogue. That method totally took me out of the story since I had to go back constantly to see if someone was talking or if it was someone’s thoughts or if it was description. I spent too much time trying to understand rather than enjoying the story. I was thoroughly confused after a couple of chapters and never finished. Did this mean it was a bad book? Nope—he’s a best-selling author.
Why are reviews so important for an author? Well, Amazon ranks your book partially based on the number of reviews. Newspaper reviews help authors get on the best-seller lists, etc., etc. Unfortunately, it’s the ‘famous’ authors (the ones who don’t need it) who get the publicity.
So help an author out—if you like a book, give it a review, especially if the author isn’t a best-seller and doesn’t have a lot of reviews. It can be short with just a mention or two of what you liked. You don’t realize how much they’d appreciate it.





Sunday, December 8, 2019

Q (5): EVERYTHING CRIME FROM A – Z





Quiz


Quiz #5


Duos: Match these pets to their sleuth owners to their authors

(No googling—try to see how many you can match up before you peek J)



Miranda James    MacKenzie Sullivan   Eddie (cat)
Diane Kelly         Geri Sullivan              Brigit (K9 dog)
Linda Barnes       Inspector Chopra        Whiskey (cat)
Laurie Cass          Jaine Austen            Ganesha (elephant)
Waverly Curtis     Carlotta Carlyle      Pepe (Chihuahua)
Eva Gates             Stephanie Plum          Diesel (cat)
Laura Levine        Lucy Richardson        Prozac (cat)
Vaseem Khan       Charlie Harris           Red Emma (parakeet)
Janet Evanovich   Minnie Hamilton        Charles (cat)
Evelyn David       Officer Megan Luz     Rex (hamster)








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Miranda James/Charlie Harris/Diesel

Diane Kelly/Officer Megan Luz/Brigit

Linda Barnes/Carlotta Carlyle/Red Emma

Laurie Cass/Minnie Hamilton/Eddie

Waverly Curtis/Geri Sullivan/Pepe

Eva Gates/Lucy Richardson/Charles

Laura Levine/Jaine Austen/Prozac

Vaseem Khan/Inspector Chopra/Ganesha

Janet Evanovich/Stephanie Plum/Rex

Evelyn David/Mackenzie Sullivan/Whiskey




Monday, December 2, 2019

NEW RELEASES


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NEW RELEASE FROM JENNIFER OBERTH:




New Ella Westin mystery - #6 in the series






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RE-RELEASE FROM ELLIE OBERTH:








2nd Edition Published December 1, 2019
New Cover, New Publisher






Fun, light-hearted reads

Get them today!





Thursday, November 28, 2019

Q (4): EVERYTHING CRIME FROM A – Z





Quiz


Quiz #4


Geography: Where in the world is each series set?
(No googling—try to see how many you can match up before you peek J)




1. Millenium series                                               a. Cuba
2. Dr. Hoffman mystery series                            b. Iceland
3. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series        c. France
4. Lavender Ladies Detective Agency series      d. India
5. Yellowthread Street mystery series                 e. Spain
6. Darko Dawson mysteries                                 f. Turkey
7. Hamish MacBeth mysteries                             g. Wales
8. Thora Gudmundsdottir series                          h. Denmark
9. Hat Shop mysteries                                          i. Australia
10.Reverend Mother series                                  j. Egypt
11.Phryne Fisher mysteries                                  k. Canada
12.Baby Ganesh mysteries                                  l. England
13.Guido Brunetti mysteries                               m. Africa
14.Aimee Leduc Investigations                           n. Ireland
15.Kati Hirschel Istanbul mysteries                     o. Italy
16.Constable Evans mysteries                             p. China
17.Inspector Alvarez mysteries                           q. Scotland
18.Department Q series                                       r. Germany
19.Amelia Peabody mystery series                      s. Finland
20.Havana Mysteries                                           t. Sweden







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1/t, 2/r, 3/k, 4/s, 5/p, 6/m, 7/q, 8/b, 9/l, 10/n,
11/i, 12/d, 13/o, 14/c, 15/f, 16/g, 17/e, 18/h, 19/j, 20/a



Saturday, November 23, 2019

Q (3): EVERYTHING CRIME FROM A – Z




Quiz



Quiz #3


Cozy Duos: Sleuth/Profession Matchups

Match the amateur sleuth up with their ‘real-life’ profession

(No googling—try to see how many you can match up before you peek J)



1. Stephanie Plum                      a. K9 police officer
2. Flavia de Luce                        b. puzzle lady
3. Teddy Bentley                        c. baker
4. Hannah Swenson                   d. postmistress
5. Megan Luz                             e. novelist
6. Lena London                          f. bookmobile librarian
7. Stacy Graysin                         g. reporter
8. Andy Carpenter                      h. chef
9. Cassie Miller                          i. ballroom dance instructor
10.Lucy Stone                            j. lawyer
11.Cleo Watkins                         k. ghosthunter
12.Olivia Paras                           l. zookeeper
13.Jessica Fletcher                     m. child
14.Cora Felton                            n. bounty hunter
15.Emily Andrew-Miceli           o. writer’s apprentice
16.M. J. Holliday                        p. tour guide





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1/n, 2/m, 3/l, 4/c, 5/a, 6/o, 7/i, 8/j, 9/d, 10/g, 11/f, 12/h, 13/e, 14/b, 15/p, 16/k


Monday, November 18, 2019

Q (2): EVERYTHING CRIME FROM A – Z


Quiz

Quiz #2

(No googling—try to see how many you can answer before you peek J)



  1)  Who is called ‘The Skeleton Detective’?
a.    Jesse Stone
b.    Gideon Oliver
c.    Travis McGee
d.    Tom Barnaby

  2)   Which mystery writer created Miss Jane Marple?
a.   Robert Ludlum
b.   Agatha Christie
c.   Mary Higgins Clark
d.   Dorothy L. Sayers

  3)  Who is the love interest of Lord Peter Wimsey?
a.   Kay Scarpetta
b.   Julia Ogden
c.   Joyce Barnaby
d.   Harriet Vane

  4)  What was author Dick Francis’ profession?
a.  Jockey
b.  Horse trainer
c.  Bookie
d.  Race track manager

  5)   Under what pseudonym did Agatha Christie write romances?
a.    Patricia Highsmith
b.    Mary Westmacott
c.    Val McDermid
d.    Ruth Rendell

  6)  Who wrote the Perry Mason novels?
a.   Erle Stanley Gardner
b.   Jeffery Deaver
c.   Mickey Spillane
d.   Dennis Lehane

  7)   Who was the archnemisis of Sherlock Holmes?
a.   Professor Zoom
b.   Lex Luther
c.   Professor Moriarty
d.   Dr. Watson

  8)  What does J.B. stand for from Murder She Wrote?
a.   Jessica Bernadette
b.   Jennifer Bianca
c.   Jennifer Bridget
d.   Jessica Beatrice

  9)   Who was Agatha Christie’s 2nd husband?
a.   Max Mallowan
b.   Bill Pronzini
c.   Dominick Dunne
d.   Michael Connelly

 10)  What was the name of the detective in G.K. Chesterton’s mysteries?
a.   Brother Cadfael
b.   Rabbi David Small
c.   Father Brown
d.   Father Townsend

 11)  Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee wrote under what pen name?
a.   Ian Fleming
b.   Elmore Leonard
c.   Alfred Hitchcock
d.   Ellery Queen

 12)  Who continued the Nero Wolfe novels?
a.   Jeffery Deaver
b.   Robert Goldsborough
c.   J.A. Konrath
d.   G.K. Chesterton

 13)  Who wrote the U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens series?
a.   Harlan Coben
b.   Tom Clancy
c.    Elmore Leonard
d.    Raymond Chandler

 14)  Who wrote the Detective William Murdoch mysteries?
a.   Maureen Jennings
b.   P.D. James
c.   Sara Paretsky
d.   Kerry Greenwood

15)  Who wrote the Eddie Shoes mysteries?
a.   Louise Penny
b.   Tana French
c.   Sue Grafton
d.   Elena Hartwell



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Answers:

1/b, 2/b, 3/d, 4/a, 5/b, 6/a, 7/c, 8/d, 9/a, 10/c, 11/d, 12/b, 13/c, 14/a, 15/d



Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Q (1): EVERYTHING CRIME FROM A – Z


Quiz


Quiz #1

DUOS: Author/Sleuth Matchups
(No googling—try to see how many you can match up before you peek J)



1. Lee Child
2. Agatha Christie
3. Lori Rader Day
4. Marcia Muller
5. Robert Ludlum          
6. Janet Evanovich
7. Dan Brown
8. Ellie Oberth
9. Sharyn McCrumb
10.Marcia Clark
11. A.A. Fair
12.Elena Hartwell
13.Michael Black
14.Victoria Thompson
15.Sara Paretsky




                                           
 a.  Anna Winger
b.   Jazz Kincaid
c. Jason Bourne
d. Elizabeth MacPherson
e. Stephanie Plum
f. Eddie Shoes
g. Sarah Brandt
h. Ron Shade
i. Sharon McCone
j. Rachel Knight
k. V.I. Warshawski
l. Bertha Cool & Donald Lam
m. Jack Reacher
n. Tommy & Tuppence Beresford
o. Robert Langdon



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1/m, 2/n, 3/a, 4/i, 5/c, 6/e, 7/o, 8/b, 9/d, 10/j, 11/l, 12/f, 13/h, 14/g, 15/k