Author Stieg Larsson never realized the global impact he made with the three detective novels that made up his Millennium Trilogy, published posthumously.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest sold more than 63 million copies in 48 countries and made him the second best-selling author in the world in 2008.

Four years earlier, the Swedish […]

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FlashBack Friday Newsletter #12

FlashBack Friday

Welcome to FlashBack Friday

Today, a quick recap of:

Blogs of the Week Selected Tweets Selected Facebook posts


Sunday, May 5

Ross Macdonald, Master of Mystery Fiction: Gritty novels about the idle rich, their wayward children, and family secrets.

Monday, May 6

The Legend of Misery Hill: The ghost of Tom Bowers roamed the site of the mine he worked, scaring others away before the legend turned deadly.

Tuesday, May 7

StoryTeller’s 7 -A […]

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The Secrets We Keep

Secret Societies

When I was growing up in a small town in Ohio, a few of us in my neighborhood started a club.

The membership qualifications, or even purpose escape me now. All I remember is that membership was open to a select few.

Secret handshakes, and whispered passwords, were part of the ritual of belonging.

A Clubhouse of Paper and Cardboard

The guy with the biggest yard happened to have an actual clubhouse at the back […]

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Paul Wornham’s “The Philanthropist’s Dan$e”

Author Paul Wornham

Most of my blogs are devoted to stories, events, and characters of the 19th century, and the American West. But, every now and then, I try to squeeze in reviews about novels in other genres and timeframes I’ve enjoyed.

I recently read Paul Wornham’s indie-published novel, The Philanthropist’s Dan$e. As far as I’m concerned, Paul smacked his debut novel out of the park.

And, I’m not the only one who thinks so. Of the more […]

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