Saturday, May 30, 2009


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PBS MYSTERY! kicks off a new season in June, and we will be talking about the new episodes at

Upcoming Broadcasts – Mark Your Calendars!

“Six by Agatha” – Sundays, June 21 to July 26, 2009 on PBS (check local listings)

With grey cells firing and knitting needles clicking, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple make their triumphant return to PBS in “Six by Agatha,” a half dozen whodunits by the greatest mystery author of all time. David Suchet (Henry VIII, The Way We Live Now) reprises his signature role of the Belgian private eye who cracks cases with the help of his “little grey cells,” and award-winning actress Julia McKenzie (Cranford) debuts as the newest grandmotherly sleuth.

Hercule Poirot:
“Cat Among the Pigeons”—Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 9pm
“Mrs. McGinty’s Dead”—Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 9pm

Miss Marple, Series IV:
“A Pocket Full of Rye”—Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 9pm
“Murder is Easy”—Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 9pm
“They Do it With Mirrors”—Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 9pm
“Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?”—Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 9pm

MASTERPIECE and will give you access to experts connected to each of our programs. Post your questions and participate in the discussion! This month features Mystery Scene Magazine editor and co-publisher Kate Stine for “Six by Agatha” the week of July 5.

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Learn More About “Six by Agatha”!
Among the web goodies you’ll find - an interview with “Hercule Poirot” himself, David Suchet, as well as interviews on “The Female Detective” with noted mystery writers Sue Grafton, Faye Kellerrman, and Tess Gerritsen.

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BN.COM Mystery Book Club in June

Wendy Corsi Staub and Marshall Karp will be visiting the Mystery Book Club in June to discuss their books.

Author Keith Gilman will be visiting on June 9, authors Kelli Stanley and Rebecca Cantrell will visit us on June 16 and we may have more surprise visits this month.

The Garden Book Club in June

Our featured books for June are already generating some discussion. Join us!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What were the first mysteries you read?

A lifelong mystery fan, I can still remember the book that started me on this journey: The Secret of the Old Post Box.  

Shortly after that I discovered Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Cherry Ames, the Hardy Boys, Judy Bolton, Beverly Gray and then, ta da!, Agatha Christie.  Mary Stewart, Dorothy Eden and Evelyn Anthony led me to the more romantic mysteries and my current love of romantic suspense.

I recently tracked down copies of these two early favorites.  They aren't quite as good as I remembered, but what memories of childhood are?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Cute animals (I like raccoons)

The raccoon comes to my deck every night.  He taps on the patio door and my cat goes out to play with him.

The other picture is really old, from when I lived in England.  Benjie, our neutered male cat, thought he was the mother of our Dutch rabbits, Lennon and Thumper. 

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day in Cincinnati, Part 4 (reverse order)

Spring in Cincinnati, Part 3 - Mother's Day

Two of these pictures are weeds, but I still like them.  I keep part of my backyard wild, for this reason.

Spring in Cincinnati, Mother's Day, Part 2

Pictures from my yard: spring has sprung!

Spring in Cincinnati, Mother's Day 2009

Some pictures from my yard.

Took more pictures of the TBR bins/shelves today

The TBR Pile and (a few other books) Revisited

These were taken awhile ago; since then, I've read a lot of these, and added a lot more.  Now I'm getting "organized:" I've split the pile into four big bins and a small bookcase, by genre!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009 Garden Book Club feature for May: A ROSE BY ANY NAME Garden Book Club feature for May: THE ENGLISH ROSES Mystery Feature for May: HER ROYAL SPYNESS by Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen will be visiting the Mystery Book Club at starting Monday, May 18th.  Join us! Mystery Book Club Feature for May: OUT OF TIME by Samantha Graves

Samantha Graves is visiting the Mystery Book Club for the first two weeks of May.  Stop by today and say hello!