A Pacy Thriller, A Likeable Maverick


   … One client                             … One secret                                                 …One betrayal     Tom Claver’s debut novel, Hider/Seeker, is a pacy thriller about a likeable maverick who bites off more than he can chew when he comes to the rescue of a wealthy battered wife.                        She needed to disappear, he knew how.   Harry […]

Pets in Fiction

Meet Mr B

Meet Mr. Baggins I don’t know about you, but I need my pets, two cats who are pushing eleven years old. These days they sleep a lot. But eight years ago when my husband died, they were there for me, big time, along with my family and friends, of course. Matter of fact, they are part of my […]

A Ride on the Petite Ceinture

Train circulaire au départ de la gare de Ménilmontant

From 1852 until its partial abandonment in 1934, the petite ceinture was a circular connection between Paris’s main railway stations within the fortified walls of the city. In 1874 when Serafina was sent to Paris to investigate the death of a countess, it was a good way to get around Paris, especially during high traffic times. In […]

Serafina and Rosa Discuss Calumny


Seated on clouds in the heavens, two immortals talk of calumny: “What’s this word?” Rosa asks, handing me her newspaper. “Calumny,” I say. “It’s a lotion, no?” “Not exactly,” I say. “It’s false and malicious misrepresentation of the words or actions of others, calculated to injure their reputation; libellous detraction, slander.” “You make it sound […]

Review: Nefarious, The Blackwell Files

Nefarious by Steven F. Freeman

Nefarious: The Blackwell Files by Steven F. Freeman is a riveting military/techno thriller with multiple storylines that are skillfully intertwined. With the first flip of the page, I was hooked into the action and the characters in this intriguing novel. When the story opens, the main character, Captain Alton Blackwell, a skilled cryptologist and war […]