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A stack of eight mystery and crime fiction anthologies is displayed on a wooden surface. From top to bottom, the books are titled 'Put Out the Lights and Cry', 'Day of the Dark: Stories of Eclipse', 'Malice, Matrimony, & Murder: A Multi-Author Anthology', '2021 Bould Awards: Short Story Anthology', 'Masthead: Best New England Crime Stories', 'Mid-Century Murder,' 'Cozy Villages of Death', 'Destinations: Mystery!', and 'Cooked to Death: Cold Cut Files'. Each book spine shows different colors and fonts, with some featuring graphic elements such as a silhouette of a person or decorative borders. These anthologies are collections of short stories that explore various themes of mystery, crime, and suspense, written by multiple authors and compiled into single volumes.

What I’m Reading, In No Particular Order (May 2024)

Ellen Crosby, Dodge and Burn, 2024. The fourth in Crosby’s Sophie Medina thriller series about a former international press photographer who tools around DC on her mint green Vespa solving crimes. Crosby also writes the Wine Country Mysteries, set in Virginia. Tana French, The Hunter, 2024. A first-class mystery set in Ireland exploring family ties…

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Afternoons in New Orleans

Don’t you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn’t just an hour—but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands—and who knows what to do with it? Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire I found this quote painted on the wall in the entrance to Gallier House, a…

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New Orleans Botanical Garden

During my recent visit to New Orleans, I visited the Botanical Garden in City Park several times, both to photograph the gardens and attend an early evening Motown concert in the Pavilion of Two Sisters. The Botanical Garden dates from the original WPA-funded rose garden, planted in 1936. The art deco influences of the period…

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The Garden at Lavender Cottage

In What the Artist Left Behind and the Jericho stories, the center of Lizzie’s life is her home, Lavender Cottage. This is a detailed description I wrote, which I deleted from the book.

A spruce hedge screened the yard from adjoining properties. It sloped downhill toward a stone retaining wall, with steps into Juliet’s section of the yard. A perennial border lined the top of the wall, showing remnants of daffodil foliage mixed with the lush new foliage of iris and day lilies.

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I’ve been carrying around the characters of Lizzie Christopher and Nick Cameron for years. They’ve aged, worked in their respective professions, married spouses and had children. In my novels, they are both widowed, meet, and tentatively start merging their lives. During a major birthday year, I finally created a Word document, labeled it Chapter One,…

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Labor Day 2014

Colleges are in session and the leaves are starting to turn. On Labor Day, I always think of the restaurant job I had on Cape Cod during my college summers. I did much of my morning prep work at a picnic table on a screened porch adjacent to the walk in refrigerator. A large horse…

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Guest Blog Posts

Many of my most popular blog posts are posted on other sites. If you’re looking for a collection of my previous posts, you’ll find a comprehensive list below.

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B.K. Stevens Mysteries & First Two Pages