Death of A Crabby Cook, Reviewed

For a fast paced, action packed, food and fun filled cozy murder mystery, grab a bite of Penny Pike’s new DEATH OF A CRABBY COOK. It’s a jam-packed buffet of poison puffs, bisques, and brews, red herrings, and kooky characters, with a generous slathering of suspense and sprinkling of sweet romance. The story is set…

Reasons To Take A Hand-Gun Safety Class

According to David Montero, staff writer for the Orange County Register,* last February the Orange County Sheriff, Sandra Hutchens loosened the restrictions on concealed-weapon permits in the county. In the four months since, over 5,448 O.C. residents have applied for a concealed weapon permit, and the half-dozen licensed county instructors have been very busy. Self protection, a job requirement, and 2nd…

“Wonder-Car: the Tale of Revving Rudy” Reviewed

Author and illustrator Jennifer Salmassian, has created a fun and informative little read-to-me or early-reader children’s book about a 1932 Model “B” coupe. It’s a feel good story that personifies one of Henry Ford’s basic early automobiles with the winsome personality of an “average Joe.” Salmassian shows Rudy’s beginning on the assembly line.  She compares…

“Inkslingers Ball” reviewed

INKSLINGERS BALL, Sheila Lowe’s fifth Forensic Handwriting Mystery, grabs your attention from the opening scene. The phone rings at 2:33 a.m., and Joel Jovanic, Lead Homicide Detective with the LAPD, must leave girlfriend Claudia Rose’s warm bed to investigate a chilling crime; the brutal death of a young teenage girl. You can sense his horror…

My Tried (and Sometimes True) Interview Techniques

In my last blog I wrote about where I got my ideas for the articles and profiles. I started out by getting the assignments from my (newspaper) editors. Then I began seeing possibilities for my own stories everywhere i.e. in Starbucks, at bookstores, or on the street.I followed up on referrals from friends and information I…