Author Archives: dorothyjames

About dorothyjames

Welsh-American writer, German scholar, translator, traveller.

A Natural Death

Returning to my blog  after some  years away, I am publishing  a personal post on the death of my sister, a bridge over my recent silence. This is a blog about mysteries, about murder mysteries, and so, in its way, … Continue reading

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Review of Ben Miller: River Bend Chronicle. The Junkification of a Boyhood Idyll amid the Curious Glory of Urban Iowa

Absent from blogging for months, I am returning to My Place for Mystery with  a review of a fascinating memoir by a fine writer who is investigating his own past. One review on this blog that has consistently created a … Continue reading

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Talking to Sally Spedding about “Cold Remains”

Chilling suspense thrillers seem to be increasingly popular among readers of crime fiction.  They move in a world that is a far cry from the novels that introduced me to murder mysteries many years ago, the novels of Dorothy L. … Continue reading

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Back to the Chilling World of Sally Spedding: “Cold Remains”

“Who reads such chilling thrillers as Sally Spedding’s?  Mysteries that do not fit into any one standard genre but skirt the edges of several: crime novels, yes, but also horror novels, paranormal,  historical, they will not be categorized. Sally Spedding … Continue reading

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Interview with David Swinson

David Swinson, author of the new genre-bending detective novel, A Detailed Man, talks to us here about his novel, and opens up connections between his own life as a police detective and the complex portrait of Detective Simeon of the … Continue reading

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Review of “A Detailed Man” by David Swinson

“That’s the life of a detailed man.  You never have anything of your own. Everything’s borrowed. Even the time.” Detective Simeon is this detailed man.  The author, David Swinson, has himself worked robbery and homicide details.  Some readers may wonder … Continue reading

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Excursus into the Paranormal with Aaron Paul Lazar

[Parts of this article first published as Book Review: Healey’s Cave by Aaron Paul Lazar and  Book Review: Terror Comes Knocking by Aaron Paul Lazar on Blogcritics.] Aaron Paul Lazar is a writer of popular country mysteries. He is a … Continue reading

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