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Best books? Says who?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by B.R.Stateham Nov 17, 2009.


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Washington, DC
About Me:
Mystery/suspense author of The Heat of the Moon (Agatha Award winner, Best First Novel of 2006), Disturbing the Dead (2007), Broken Places (early 2010).
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen, A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine, everything by Thomas H. Cook, Giles Blunt, and Jess Walter
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
TV: Life, House, Monk, The Closer, Damages, all the Law & Order shows, the original CSI
Movies: The Usual Suspects, Mystic River, There Will Be Blood

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Characters Who Haunt Us

(Cross-posted from Poe's Deadly Daughters)

I can’t get the girl out of my mind. I worry about her. I want to know what happened to her after the book ended.

Throughout most of Elizabeth George’s Missing Joseph, I found the 13-year-old character Maggie Spence exasperating in the way a lot of teens are. Lying to her mother, sneaking out to rendezvous with a boy she was forbidden to see, engaging in sex long before she was capable of dealing with it emotionally. I… Continue

Posted on November 13, 2009 at 7:55am

Who makes money on Kindle books?

Cross-posted from Poe's Deadly Daughters.

The Amazon Kindle has broadened the market for books, and Kindle rights are making the same amount of money for publishers, and in many cases the authors, as the print editions. So why are publishers worried as they watch Amazon conquer the e-book market?

I’ve read a lot on this subject lately, but an article by Rachel Deahl in the May 11 Publishers Weekly did the best job of explaining the conundrum publishers… Continue

Posted on May 27, 2009 at 12:41am — 3 Comments

Readers in a Rut

[Cross-posted from Poe's Deadly Daughters.]

“I stopped enjoying her books years ago, but I still buy them and read them.”

“His last half-dozen books have been poorly written and boring – but I can’t seem to stop myself from buying them, even though I know I’m going to hate them.”

How many times have you heard people say this sort of thing? How many times have you seen similar statements posted on DorothyL? How many times have you admitted to buying books by… Continue

Posted on May 9, 2009 at 4:59am — 6 Comments

"Ripped from the headlines" plots & people

Sandra Parshall

[Cross-posted from the Poe's Deadly Daughters blog]

I know a woman who could be transferred to the pages of a novel exactly as she is, to become a marvelously twisted character. She would be a plausible killer because of her unmatched talent for holding a grudge and her relentless vindictiveness. She would make an even more believable victim because everyone who knows her longs to be rid of her.

I’ll probably use her in a book sooner or later.… Continue

Posted on April 10, 2009 at 1:06am — 6 Comments

Why are so many people in prison?

Sandra Parshall

Did you know that one out of every 31 adults in the U.S. is either in prison/jail or on supervised release from incarceration?

That startling statistic is in an article by Senator James Webb of Virginia that appeared in last Sunday’s Parade Magazine. I don’t usually regard this newspaper supplement as a source of sociological wisdom, but Webb’s piece is worth every citizen’s attention. Reform of the criminal justice system and our overburdened prisons is… Continue

Posted on April 3, 2009 at 1:24am — 31 Comments

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At 10:39am on December 4, 2009, RONALD FEASEL said…
please add me my requests full
At 2:37pm on September 8, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Sandra
I see your posts on Dorothy L, and it's good to put a face with your name now.
At 3:18am on August 26, 2008, Maggie Bishop said…
Hello Sandra,
Thanks for all the work you do with Sisters in Crime.
At 5:32am on January 12, 2008, Richard Madelin said…
Thanks for the invite, Sandra. Best wishes, Richard.
At 5:00am on January 12, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
Hi Sandra,

Thanks for adding me to your friends list. Your books look very interesting. It's always a pleasure to be in touch with another mystery author. I loved the pics of your cats on your website. I'm more a doggy man myself as youcan see from my photos, but I'm an animal lover in general, and your two frineds look quite delightful. I'm glad they allow you to take care of them, as do my dogs, who were all abused before coming to live with us.

Hope to hear more from you.

At 4:57am on January 12, 2008, ruth said…
Hi Sandra, thanks for the invite.

Interesting you have listed To Kill a Mockingbird among your favourites. I am reminded now, that I first read this book while at school and can recall the profound effect it had on me - thanks for triggering that memory.
At 8:36am on September 5, 2007, Cheryl Norman said…
I'm glad I found you on CrimeSpace! I'm rather new and feeling my way around.
At 2:06am on September 2, 2007, Jackie Houchin said…
Thanks for the invite, Sandra. I visited DC last June with my granddaughter's 8th grade class. (That was an experience!) It was the second time in DC for me. I love the place and will look forward to reading your book. Added your blog to my "favorites" list, as well. Aslo I just rented the audio version of "To Kill a Mockingbird." It should be interesting listening.
At 1:27pm on August 30, 2007, joe miller said…
Hi Sandra,
Thanks for the invite.
At 11:59am on July 26, 2007, Krystal Waters said…
Thank you for adding me to your friends list. Kris

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