Monday, March 27, 2017

Interview with James and Livia Reasoner

PAUL BISHOP ~ WRITER: THE REASONERS’ WHY ~ JAMES AND LIVIA REASONER: JAMES AND LIVIA REASONER ON WORDS AND PUBLISHING 

Winners of the 2017 PEN Literary Awards

Here are the winners of the 2017 PEN Literary Awards

Antiques Frame -- Barbara Allan

Barbara Allan, as we all know, is the husband-and-wife writing team of Barbara and Max Allan Collins, and Antiques Frame is the latest entry about their antiques-dealing sleuths, the mother-and-daughter (sort of; it's complicated) team of Vivian and Brandy Borne.

Readers of earlier books in the series will recall that Vivian and Brandy have, in addition to their antiques business, a reality TV series.  The first season's a success, though the ratings are tailing off.  That's not good news, and the even worse news is that Camilla Cassuto, the wife of police chief Tony Cassuto, Brandy's main squeeze (it's complicated), has come to town, opened her own antiques store, and started appearing at every auction being filmed for the reality series, where she consistently outbids Vivian and Brandy for the items they want.

And then Camilla is murdered.  Brandy's prints are on the murder weapon.  There's a perfectly logical reason why, but soon Brandy finds herself in jail with a Top Dog she helped put there earlier.  

The books in this series are told mostly from Brandy's first-person point of view, with Vivian being allowed limited participation (one chapter), but this time, because of the circumstances, Vivian gets more space, which suits her just fine.  Me, too.

Once again the Collins team puts together a fast-moving and frequently hilarious mystery concoction that's not as cozy as you might think it's going to be.  The solution is particularly satisfying and twisty, and I really enjoyed the two surprises that Vivian announces at the very of the novel.  They have nothing to do with the mystery, but they do indicate an intriguing direction for the next book in the series, one that I look forward to with eager anticipation.

How Chuck Berry’s Cadillac and His Guitar Came to the Smithsonian

How Chuck Berry’s Cadillac and His Guitar, Maybellene, Came to the Smithsonian

Song of the Day

Sing Sing Sing - Benny Goodman - YouTube:

Sticking Around: The La Brea Tar Pits

Sticking Around: The La Brea Tar Pits

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I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Mathematician Emmy Noether Should Be Your Hero

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Bruno Fischer, Fools  Walk In, Phantom Books (Australia), 1958

I Miss the Old Days

Forgotten Glamour at Mermaid City: Girls would come from as far as Tokyo to audition for the chance to be a Weeki Wachee mermaid in the 1960s. They performed to sold-out crowds; half a million people a year came to watch their dazzling underwater shows, including the King himself, Elvis Presley. They took etiquette and ballet lessons and they were treated like royalty wherever they went in Florida.

The Fixers

Atlas Obscura: When stars needed something to be swept under the rug, they summoned these guys.

New Poem at The Five-Two

The Five-Two: Kimo Armitage: NUCLEAR GIFT: MRS. KEITLYN KONOU FROM BIKINI ATOLL TALKS ABOUT HER JELLYFISH BABIES

Forgotten Hits: March 27th

Forgotten Hits: March 27th: "Happy Together" by The Turtles finally hits the #1 spot as The Beatles' "Penny Lane" falls to #4.  (After a huge leap from #11 to #3, "Happy Together" inched its way to the top, stopping at #3 and #2 before finally hitting #1).  The Mamas and the Papas are right behind it as "Dedicated To The One I Love" climbs a notch to #2.  "There's a Kind Of Hush" by Herman's Hermits does the same thing , crawling from #4 to #3.

Mythconceptions About Animals

Mythconceptions About Animals

Sunday, March 26, 2017

11 Collectible Facts About Hot Wheels

11 Collectible Facts About Hot Wheels

Song of the Day

Ray Stevens- "Everything is Beautiful" - YouTube:

14 Notorious Female Gangsters in History You Wouldn't Want To Mess With

14 Notorious Female Gangsters in History You Wouldn't Want To Mess With

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10 Mysterious Ancient Buildings

Listverse: When people in the ancient world found gigantic ruins, they often described them as Cyclopean—as if only mythical Cyclops could have built such things. We tend not to go in for such legendary explanations today, but plenty of mysterious buildings from the past are still provoking debate. We may not know who built them, or even why.

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Lee Roberts (Robert Martin), Little Sister, Phantom Books (Australia), 1954

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Who Was the Best Huckleberry?: One Doc Holliday actor stands above the rest.

Tabloid roundup

Tabloid roundup: Obama's real birth certificate, a spy in the White House, murder charges for an aging star, and more!

An interview with Paul Bishop

Men's Adventure Magazines: An interview with Paul Bishop: veteran detective, writer, editor and action/adventure maven…

Saturday, March 25, 2017

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Police called to South Euclid Taco Bell due to dispute over 'Fire' or 'Mild' sauce  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

He Should Have Used a Gub

Man wearing leopard print robe and Crocs used a hairbrush to rob McDonald’s 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

UT establishes the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting | Arts & Culture: Two worthy sports writers will be selected this year as the inaugural winners of the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting. The fact that the award named after the legendary Fort Worth sports writer known for bleeding TCU purple is based at the University of Texas doesn’t make it Dead Solid Perfect, but maybe that’s Life Its Ownself.  

Hat tip to Art Scott.

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Welcome to Houston, the Armored Car Robbery Capital of the World  

Hat tip to Deb.

I Want to Believe!

Idaho woman blames Bigfoot for crashing MOSCOW, Idaho - An Idaho woman claimed her Wednesday crash into a deer on Highway 95 caused by Bigfoot.

Books for Sale: Marv Lachman

Mystery Fanfare: Books for Sale: Marv Lachman: Mystery Readers Journal columnist Marv Lachman is selling many of the books (about 5,000) from his 60 years of mystery collecting. This includes Hardcovers, Paperbacks (many of which are paperback originals), Sherlockiana, Short Story Anthologies, Reference works, and Biographies. If interested, please get in touch with Marv at the following e-mail address (copy and omit spaces)

Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures

Atlas Obscura: The macabre collection of Jacques Sirgent, an expert scholar on the undead and all of their trappings.

Song of the Day

Grateful Dead - Truckin' - YouTube:

10 Mysterious Hidden Texts

10 Mysterious Hidden Texts

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I Miss the Old Days

Smoking Banana Peels Is the Greatest Drug Hoax of All Time: They called it mellow yellow.

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Joe Barry, The Triple Cross, Phantom Books (Australia), 1954

16 Incredible Pictures That Show Just How Much NYC Has Changed

16 Incredible Pictures That Show Just How Much NYC Has Changed

Fran Lebowitz: By the Book

Fran Lebowitz: By the Book: I’ve read all the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. He wrote many of them, but not enough for Fran.

Lola Albright, R. I. P.

Hollywood Reporter: Lola Albright, the charming actress with the smoky voice who sang and starred on TV's Peter Gunn and was spurned by the back-stabbing Kirk Douglas in the classic 1949 boxing drama Champion, has died. She was 92.

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

10 Essential Supernatural Mysteries