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Report from Paris

We chose to live in an unglamorous quartier on the border between Paris’ 9th and 10th arrondisements for a few weeks because it forms the nucleus of the next Martin mystery.  I had decided months ago that Clarie, who will … Continue reading

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The Real Paris?

Did you ever have one of those books on your shelf, one you just had to buy and been meaning to read for years? On my shelf that book was the Roissy Express: A Journey Through the Paris Suburbs (1994) … Continue reading

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Writers’ Other Lives

My life as a fiction writer is new. In fact, as I learned at a recent visit to Janet Rudolph’s Mystery Salon in Berkeley, others, besides me, have trouble calling themselves “writers” when they have spent most of their lives … Continue reading

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Depicting the Small Midwestern Town

I just finished reading Lorrie Moore’s acclaimed novel, The Gate at the Stairs, and noted that, once again, small towns take a big hit, as boring, monochromatic places you want only to leave. Moore does, however, mitigate this judgment by … Continue reading

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