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Is LA still the capital of noir fiction?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John McFetridge Sep 6, 2010.

Crime (Fiction, that is) Goes Global
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Erich R. Sysak Jul 19, 2010.

101 Things To Do Before You Die (For crime writers)
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna Carrick May 31, 2009.


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Kansas City, Missouri
About Me:
Mystery writer whose debut novel, In the Dismal Swamp, was released in June 2008 by Avalon Books. I enjoy photography, reading, food, and of course, murder.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
The Unquiet Night & Hush, It's a Game by Patricia Carlon
Fuzzy Navel by JA Konrath
Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellman
Maiden Rock by Mary Logue
The Dragon man by Garry Disher
Anything by Dennis Lehane, William Kent Krueger & Dorothy Simpson
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Law & Order SVU
The Public Eye starring Joe Pesci
Mystery Encore Channel
History Channel

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101 Things To Die Before You Die (For Crime Writers)

The list is finally done. Thanks to all those who encouraged me and stopped asking, "Is it done yet? LOL

101 Things to Do before You Die (for mystery writers)

  1. Write a minimum of 500 words a day, every day of the year, every year, until you die.…


Posted on May 20, 2013 at 5:49am

Poison - A Murder Method Dying A Slow Death

I've always had a special place in my heart for murder by poison. But in the past couple of decades, poison seems to have fallen out of favor (except as a weapon of bioterrorism, involving mass deaths of hundreds or thousands).


I'm thinking more along the lines of the traditional mystery favored by writers like Agatha Christie where the victim was often a rich relative who had outlived their usefulness. The…


Posted on May 1, 2013 at 2:30pm

101 Things To Do Before You Die (for Mystery Writers)

When I started this list 3 1/2 years ago, I only had 30 items on it. I'm glad to say the list has grown quite a bit since then. Perhaps in 3 more years, it will be complete. Until then, here's the current list, updated with working links. Enjoy, and have fun with it!

101 74 Things to Do before You Die (for mystery writers)

  1. Write a minimum of 500 words a day, every day of the year,…


Posted on November 19, 2012 at 12:34am

The Search For H. P. Lovecraft

Where in the World is H.P. Lovecraft?

Dorchester Publishing, which recently sold it's list of book titles to, has a problem. They're trying to contact some of their authors so they can return the publishing rights. They've enlisted you, the reading public, to assist. So check out this link and review the list to see if anyone you know is on it. Among the authors who are missing in action are Robert Louis Stevenson and H. P. Lovecraft. I wish them luck in their…


Posted on November 10, 2012 at 6:26pm

Beat The Heat With These Cold-Blooded Killers

If you're looking forward to autumn after a scorching summer, get ready for the cooler weather with some icy tales of murder by Mary Logue, Vicki Delaney and Tess Gerritsen.

Mary Logue continues the Claire Watkins series with…

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 5:39am

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At 12:34am on November 26, 2008, Vicki Delany said…
In the mail!

BTW, Valley of the Lost isn't a psy. suspense. My earlier novels Scare the Light Away and Burden of Memory were, but Valley is the second in a small-town police procedural series.

'Fraid I don't know Roger.

At 3:28pm on November 25, 2008, James Roberts said…
As a matter of fact, I did! Derlth founded The Arkham House largely to publisher Lovecraft's work shortly after Lovecraft's death.
At 5:29am on November 24, 2008, Vicki Delany said…
I got your message in my outlook mail box, but couldn't find the original in crimespace. strange. Anyway, yes, I'd be happy to send you an ARC. Please let me know your postal address.
At 3:11am on August 18, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Patrick,
Thanks for accepting a friend request from this fellow cozy author.
At 12:30am on June 27, 2008, Jeannie Faulkner Barber said…
Hi there Patrick. Thanks so much for adding me as a friend. I'd love to swap ideas as well as writing any time. I read your blog and I'm definitely the newbie. LOL. I'd love for you to check out my website and sign the guestbook some time. I'm VERY open to suggestions! glad to be part of this group.
At 8:35am on April 4, 2008, Morgan Mandel said…
Good luck on your release in June.
Morgan Mandel
At 10:07am on March 28, 2008, Rich M Carroll said…
Saw you at Erik's page and the mention of Lovecraft immediately put you into the 'cool' section
At 11:11pm on March 24, 2008, Bethany K. Warner said…
No, there are no lie detectors involved with my interviews. I'll put you on my list and be in touch! (It's all done through e-mail, so really, it's pretty painless...)
At 10:30am on March 20, 2008, Jane Cleland said…
Hi Patrick -- Yes, I write cozies. Hope to meet you at one of the upcoming events!
At 3:27am on March 19, 2008, Sue Dawson said…
The ...Velvet Claws book is available online from All Book Stores (think that's keyed in ok). Copies as low as $4.99 but much higher if you want an earlier hardover editon. If I remember correctly , a first edition was even listed.

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