Review: American Angst

American Angst

I couldn’t help myself, I had to read American Angst by Laurel Osterkamp, a story about two cousins-in-law, Lucy and Robin Bricker. I’d met them before—I’d read and loved The Holdout, Starring in the Movie of My Life, and Blue State—so I was looking forward to hearing more from them. I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed, and I was […]

Guest Post, Jerold Last: The Iranian Connection

Body in the Bed Cover

A warm welcome to the author of extraordinary mysteries, Jerold Last, whose latest novel, The Origin of Murder was recently published. He finds storyline and character in unusual places, most of all, in the rustling of his South American memories. Hence, his guest post: The Iranian Connection The Uruguayan economy, as was the Argentine, was mainly based on beef, […]

I Might Not Make It Without Him

Old Law Tenements

This is an excerpt from Brandy’s monologue. It’s gone through a few edits and it’s still a little green around the gills. Brandy is thirteen, the named character in Missing Brandy, a work in progress. Me? I’m an everyday kind of teen with curls so tight on damp days they stick to my scalp and I can feel them […]

A Sympathetic Smile

Kent Street at Sunset, Greenpoint, Brooklyn_ChrisGoldNY (Flickr) - Version 2

Here’s an excerpt from Missing Brandy, a work in progress. It’s the story of a thirteen-year-old’s abduction. In this scene, the POV is indirect, told in the third person by one of the antagonists. Henry’s Story, Part One Before Stuart’s death, it all seemed so easy. Henry’s life had been perfect then. Now it was […]