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New York City
About Me:
Writer, Commissario Cenni series, set in Umbria, Italy, published by Soho Crime. Married 26 years to Miguel Peraza, a figurative painter; two cats: Rachel and LoMein. Taught English literature and writing at the City University of New York for five years and, later, worked as a systems engineer for various telecommunication companies, including Bell Labs and AT&T. Miguel and I lived in Spain off and on in the 1980's. In 2001 we moved to Italy, first Venice and later Assisi. We're back in New York City but may return to Italy in the near future if the euro/dollar exchange improves. But I suspect that's wishful thinking!
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Books And Authors I Like:
To name just a few: Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Barbara Pym, Jean Rhys. For crime, P.D. James, Michael Dibdin, Patricia Highsmith, Colin Dexter, Gianrico Carofiglio, and all Soho Crime writers.
John LeCarré is a favorite, and of his novels, "Smiley's People." Of books read recently, I particularly liked Joseph O'Connor's "Star of the Sea."
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
TV: Vicar of Dibley, Prime Suspect, Boston Legal, Seinfeld, Mash, As Time Goes By.
Favorite movies are comedies, including Some Like it Hot, His Girl Friday, most light comedies from the 1930's and early 1940's, including all Gary Grant/Irene Dunne movies. The Belles of St. Trinian movies with Alistair Sim, and most of the black and white British comedies, including "Kind Hearts and Coronets." Some of Mel Brooks movies, including "Young Frankenstein" and "The Producers." I prefer the original "To Be or Not To Be," with Jack Benny and Carol Lombard. "Fanny and Alexander" and "My Life as a Dog" are two movies that we like to watch again and again. "Laura" and other noir movies made in the 1940's. Almost any movie filmed in black and white.

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At 4:40am on August 18, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Grace, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 6:20am on January 1, 2008, Camilla Trinchieri said…
Apart from the lousy typos, my e-mail address is Pease forgive the sloppiness. Ciao Camilla,
At 6:19am on January 1, 2008, Camilla Trinchieri said…
Grace-I'm so sorry. I just read your comment form August. If it's not too late I'd love to help with the Italian. I don't know how this system works. I usually get an email notcie that someone has left a comment/ I dind;t get one about your comment. Why don't you e-mail me directly at Ciao. I hope I'm still in time to help. Happy New Year. Camilla
At 9:19am on December 31, 2007, Cara Black said…
Happy new year Grace...are you in Italy?
At 8:15am on October 24, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Hi Grace and Greetings: Just to let you know that my New Orleans noir mystery, The
Beatitudes, has received 5 starred reviews! I am donating all royalties to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation to help rebuild the public libraries. I have posted Chapter I on my blog Please read and if you like it, help rebuild a library for NOLA. Thank you Lyn LeJeune
At 8:47am on August 31, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
For those with whom i've had more than token exchanges, I need to let you know that crimespace has become strangely warped as of late, at least as regarding getting messages to me. If frustrated and in need, try instead. Thanks.
Grace, how goes the dead body business?
At 11:19am on August 27, 2007, Newt Love said…
While in college, I worked as a chaufer for the Brophy family on top of the hill in La Jolla, CA. The family tree was from Utah, if I remember. Any relation?
If a author writes a novel in the forest, and nobody reads it, did it make a sound?
I'm newt, slithering from the shallow end of the gene pool, into the open ocean. Sharks are likely to eat me before the salt water kills me, but who wants a quiet life?
At 9:50am on August 17, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
Evidently my last comment got folded into negative cyberspace. Here it is again. You should not be concerned about your body losing hair from radiation premortem. Normally this happens, but Harold McClintock, an employee of Westinghouse at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington, absorbed one hundred times the normal lethal dose of radiation during an accident involving the explosion of an ion exchange column for separating Americium. He survived, pointing out that some people have very robust immune systems, and polymerase repair mechanism for ionized DNA. McClintock did not lose his hair, either.
At 12:54pm on August 15, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
While we're discussing means of preserving corpses we shouldn't forget the preChristian European sport of offing your enemies and chucking them into peat bogs. There they have remained anaerobically for a couple of milennia. Tannic acid has helped keep them in very good shape, even soft tissues.
At 11:12am on August 14, 2007, colin cotterill said…
hello grace,
how are you. not off to italy til november. i've been practicing eating spaghetti without getting it down my shirt. hope you're well. cc

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