Mary McFarland
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Geezer Lit? For Boomers and a "Limited" Audience or Is It Mainstream?
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I found a great press and wanted to share the link with everyone here on CS.  It's  The reason I'm…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Caroline Trippe May 12, 2018.

Would You Celebrate National Critique Partner(s) Day in 2012?

Last year, when I finaled in the Golden Pen, I privately felt like I owed more than I could ever repay to my wonderful CP.  When my writing was sloppy, she nailed it, and she never flinched from…Continue

Tags: CP, Day, Nt'l, Celebrate, Partner

Started Aug 15, 2011

Wrestling with the pace of the beast - how do you balance thought versus action?
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I finished my latest mystery and felt good that I'd been able to keep it at 90,000 words (my first novel was (until revised) 110,000 words.  When I went back to revise my draft I realized I'd…Continue

Tags: novel, the, Pacing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary McFarland Aug 14, 2011.

How do you get trial transcripts without breaking the bank?
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Researching a true crime novel and learned there are hundreds of pages of transcripts.  My options are: 1.) Read the law library's hard copy - in the law library since they can't be checked out  2.)…Continue

Tags: for, Novels, Transcripts, Cost, Crime

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary McFarland Jul 24, 2011.


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Mineral Springs, Ohio
About Me:
I have just finished my second novel, a mystery, called A Fire in God's Bathtub. My first suspense novel placed third in the Golden Pen, 2010. I'm using 2011 to begin querying agents.
I Am A:
Writer, Critic
Books And Authors I Like:
Connely, Kellerman, Lippman. Ellery Queen. Gerritsen - Bone Garden and The Keepsake. Trevor Howard's "Anatomy of a Murder," everything by Stieg Larson, and I'm in love with The Lock Artist.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Glades. Criminal Minds. Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Mary McFarland's Blog

Keeping CrimeSpace authors enertained with reviews of our authors'  work.  For a review of Beth Groundwater's cozy, Deadly Currents, use this link.  Buzzard Bone Review for July/August - Beth Groundwater's Deadly Currents





Posted on August 8, 2011 at 11:05pm

Nice "thanks" from Steve Hamilton on my review of The Lock Artist

I review because I think we need serious, powerful reviews to help promote mystery and suspense writers.   So when I received Stephen Hamilton's really great thank-you, I was thrilled.  It's great to have my review appreciated. 


Interested in the review?  It's at




Posted on June 22, 2011 at 11:41pm

The Danes Murders by Pat Haley

The Danes Murders I've written a review of The Danes Murders, a true crime novel by Patrick Haley.  Want to learn a little more about how you write, what tropes and writing schemes you rely on?  I'm looking for more true crime, mystery, and suspense novels to review.  My reviews are not cursory, topical, or based on what I like or dislike.  They're put together based on an in-depth analysis of how you actually write. The…


Posted on May 22, 2011 at 6:12am

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At 10:17pm on August 22, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Yes, Eddie Vega's idea not to just have the journal but the interactive social site was a very good and timely one.  Why not go to the webpage and start a discussion!


If you have your own site let me know and we can link up. Thanks,




At 10:14pm on August 22, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Hi Mary,


The contest is closed for the first issue, but there will be another forum for Issue 2.  We got six or seven well written responses that went in the issue.  the layout is just about done.  Still on target for September 1.


I just read In the Heat of the Night for the first time (though I'd seen the film), wow is it good.

There are some submission guidelines on the Noir Nation website if you've got something for issue 2.  Would love to have a comment from you!



At 9:45pm on July 24, 2011, Noir Nation said…


I've been back in the US for a week seeing to the tornado damage on the family cotton farm in Limestone County Alabama.  I'm back in the saddle now.  Would love to hear from you. -Alan
At 4:10pm on July 6, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Mary, since you are in the US, if you wanted to submit work to Noir Nation you would need to send it to the North American editor Cort McMeel at:  <> let him know you heard about it via CrimeSpace.

At 4:04pm on July 6, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Hi Mary,  the discussion on the forum about social commentary in crime fiction has gotten quite a lot of responses.  This has inspired us at Noir Nation to add a new section to the first issue of Noir Nation wherein writers opine on the following question: Must crime noir have a moral point?  The word limit is 300 to 500 words. Include short bio, and photo. There is a $25 honoraria, payable on publication. Best five get published in Issue No. 1. Send to


-- Eddie Vega, Noir Nation editor in chief
At 5:28pm on July 4, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Hi Mary,


I've been offline a few days finishing up a job I've been at ten years, and in crunch time for Noir Nation.  So don't have time to respond to everyone.  Yet.


However, consider Bare Knuckles Press as a publisher, the editors are all literary guys, MFAs and all that, but who see the whole crossover Nabokov thing we discussed on the Forum.  They get it.  The first round of books comes out in September, will be looking for more then. 



At 4:55am on July 2, 2011, jack everett said…
I note you like to review mystery novels would that include Medieval mystery as we have Back of Beyond coming out in October with Oak Tree Press? We also have our own blog just started on which we intend to review odd novels and invite guests: maybe we guest for each other. My e-mail is and my website
At 4:48am on July 2, 2011, jack everett said…
Thank you kindly Mary I need all of the friends I can get.
At 8:11am on February 16, 2011, Richard Godwin said…
Hi Mary thanks for accepting. Best, Richard.
At 1:55am on February 16, 2011, Mark Porter said…

Hi Mary, thank you for the acceptance. The profiler series sounds fascinating.


Take care. Mark



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