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About Me:
I am the author of eight published non-fiction books, including "Alzheimer's for Dummies," one cartoon book and "The Precincts of Midnight," a cozy mystery that I recently published electronically in my store on ebay; see the link below. The heroine's name is Ivey Hunter; hence my Crimespace moniker. I am hard at work on the second book in the series now, "Old Gobblamanchy Road." I am also the publisher of the "After Midnight" anthology series which just published its first title, "Shadows After Midnight," 10 spooky short stories. "Murder After Midnight," 10 mystery short stories, is soon to follow.
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Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
The Alphabet Murder Series by Sue Grafton
The Cat Who Series by Lilian Jackson Braun
The Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters
The Southern Sister Series by Anne George
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis (not a mystery; just hysterically funny)
Anything by Agatha Christy
The Sherlock Holmes Series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, Strangers on a Train, The 39 Steps, The Birds, (see a theme developing here?) To Catch a Thief.

Monk, Hercule Poirot on A & E, Tom Selleck's Jesse Stone movies on CBS...used to like CSI but recently stopped watching; just a little too gruesome for me now.

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From Non-Fiction to Fiction...and Back Again

I have been long absent from these boards. In my last post, I told of working on a novel, "A Good Plague." It has occupied the better part of my time for more than a year. The manuscript has taken some dizzying turns. After a particularly intense period of working on it almost non-stop for 48 hours, taking out some 15,000 words, totally rewriting the opening chapter, and writing about 10,000 new words, I fell asleep. When I awakened, I opened the file and started working again, so intent on… Continue

Posted on March 23, 2009 at 3:30pm

How William Faulkner Dragged Me Into the Sordid World of Writing

One sultry New Orleans afternoon when I was a young, impressionable and still quite innocent girl of eleven, I stumbled upon a ragged copy of William Faulkner's Sanctuary in a dim corner of the New Orleans Public library. A quick glance convinced me this was not something the prissy librarian would allow little me to take home to mom and dad; I spied the word "bastard" on the bottom of page nine, and the same character said the same word four more times on page ten.

I tucked the book… Continue

Posted on March 23, 2009 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Buried Deep

"Hello" to all my Crimespace friends. Hope everyone is doing well.

Just a quick post to bring everyone up to date. I have been buried deep, working on a sci-fi medical thriller called, "A Good Plague," all about a bio-engineered vaccine. Naturally, it all goes horribly wrong, and my heroine has to sort out everything and save the world. It's based on real science that also went horribly wrong but in a completely different way. It didn't make kabillions of dollars for its developers… Continue

Posted on March 27, 2008 at 11:45am

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At 2:58am on August 13, 2009, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Pat,
Thanks for befriending this mystery author here, too!
- Beth
At 4:33pm on August 11, 2009, Mike MacLean said…
Thanks for the welcome P.B.
At 2:07pm on July 28, 2009, Debbi Mack said…
Regarding Janet E., I think I've probably said it all--for good or ill. :)

I actually didn't mention all the stuff I liked about Stephanie Plum--all the Jersey stuff, the blue-haired ladies packing heat and Stephanie's family (esp. Grandma Mazur, of course).

One thing no one pointed out was how different the first book was from the others. It was a bit darker, I thought, with less emphasis on the romance angle.

I think my favorite was Book 2, because of Grandma Mazur's obsession with funerals and the great, over-the-top comic feel it had.

The romance storyline has grown stronger with each book. I noticed at Book 4 that it was basically a romance novel with some comic mystery in it. That's when I started getting a bit less enchanted with the series, but kept at it until Book 6. That was it for me.

Oh, well. Fun while it lasted, but the series has run its course with me.
At 3:48pm on August 10, 2007, Regina Williams said…
Hi Pat, just wanted to say hi. Looking foward to the next "After Midnight" series.
At 11:34am on April 26, 2007, Mary Saums said…
Hi, Pat - nice to hear from you! It has been ages since I read Lucky Jim. I'm a big fan of British humor, especially PG Wodehouse.
At 10:57am on April 16, 2007, John Foxjohn said…
Thanks Pat for your compliment on Journey of the Spirit. I appreciate it and understand that you can't be at the book launch.
At 1:53am on April 6, 2007, CT said…
Just wated to say Hi from Downunder
At 3:25pm on April 5, 2007, Luella Turner said…
Weird time? You bet. I love it. Now I can stay up all night cause I'll bet when I hit add chatter...it'll tell me it's only 2:30 in the afternoon...that give me another five hours till Bill O'Reilly comes on and I get really, really ticked off.
At 5:54pm on April 4, 2007, Daniel Hatadi said…
You might have to search a bit, but there should be a Brandy Alexander up already.

At 6:16pm on March 28, 2007, Daniel Hatadi said…
Hey there, P.B. The times here are all set to Australian, because that's where I'm from. It's a known problem and there will be a fix so that times are displayed as local.

Just thought I should let you know. :)

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