Tuesday, September 26, 2023


I often see Vintage Typewriters at the Flea Market and Estate Sales. They're really cool. I learned to type on my mother's already vintage typewriter, so vintage typewriters are close to my heart. 

Vintage Typewriters I've come across at Flea Markets.

Sunday, September 24, 2023


Midwest Mystery Conference, November 11, 2023, 9:00-5:00p

Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan, 2nd fl, Chicago, IL
Formerly Murder and Mayhem in Chicago

The Midwest Mystery Conference is a bi-annual event featuring some of the Midwest’s top mystery/crime writers and a few of their friends, too. This event is perfect for crime readers and librarians hoping to find new books to read and aspiring crime writers hoping to learn about the mystery community and writing and publishing careers. With a single track of panels and keynote conversations, the Midwest Mystery Conference is a great opportunity to connect with your favorite authors, and meet a few new ones!
The venue is fully accessible and registration includes a tote bag full of books and goodies!


8:30a-9:15a: Check in / Registration

9:15a – Opening remarks from Midwest Mystery Conference organizers Dana Kaye, Lori Rader-Day, and Tracy Clark

9:30-10:15a – Starting with a Bang: Thrillers

  • Jen Collins Moore, moderator
  • Tracy Clark
  • Tori Eldridge
  • Mindy Mejia
  • Nick Petrie
10:30-11:15a – Murder Among Friends; Cozies

  • Julie Hennrikus, moderator
  • Juneau Black (Sharon Nagel and Jocelyn Cole)
  • JC Kenney
  • Mia Manansala
  • Mindy Quigley
11:30a-12:15p – First-Time Thrills: Debuts

  • Tracy Clark, moderator
  • Lina Chern
  • Cindy Fazzi
  • Rebecca McKanna
  • Kate Robards
12:15-1:45p – Lunch on your own or with Sisters in Crime Chicagoland and Cheryl Head 1:45-2:30p – The Inside Buzz on Audiobooks

  • Eleanor Imbody, moderator
  • Amy Deuchler
  • Anne Marie Lewis
  • Shaina Summerville
  • Marcus Zarco
2:45-3:30p – The Past Isn’t Even Past: Historicals

  • Susanna Calkins, moderator
  • Dianne Freeman
  • Cheryl Head
  • Anna Lee Huber
  • Mary Winters
3:45-4:30p – From Inside the House: Psychological/Domestic Thrillers

  • Keir Graff, moderator
  • Sean Doolittle
  • Carol Dunbar
  • Lori Rader-Day
  • Tony Wirt
4:30-4:45p – Closing remarks from Dana, Lori, Tracy

Thursday, September 21, 2023

LUPIN: PART 3: October 5 on Netflix

The long wait is over. Lupin, Part 3 arrives on Netflix October 5.  

From Netflix:

France’s most wanted gentleman thief is on the run, but he’s heading back to Paris when Lupin returns for Part 3 on Oct. 5. In the trailer for the new volume, we see Assane Diop (Sy) planning his most intense — and probably most insane — heist yet. The master of disguise is not afraid of danger, and this stunt is a 12 out of 10 on the danger scale. 

When we last saw Assane, he was on the run from the police. While he may have successfully revealed a major insurance fraud perpetrated by mega-rich entrepreneur Hubert Pellegrini (HervĂ© Pierre) — the man responsible for framing his father and sending him to prison years ago — that wasn’t before Hubert framed him for a murder. Now the most wanted man in France, Assane decides it’s better for his son, Raoul (Etan Simon) and ex, Claire (Ludivine Sagnier), if he falls off the radar for a bit. 

But while in hiding, Assane can’t stand  the suffering his family must endure because of him, so he returns to Paris to offer them a crazy proposal: leave France and start a new life elsewhere. But the ghosts of the past are never far away, and an unexpected return will turn his plans upside down.


Sorry for this late announcement. Sad news. 

James Henry “Harry” Hayman, 82, passed away on June 15, 2023, after a six month battle with glioblastoma.

Obituary Note from Shelf Awareness: James Hayman

James Hayman, who wrote the McCabe & Savage police procedural mysteries that sold more than a half a million copies and were published worldwide, died June 15.

The six McCabe & Savage books featured Portland, Maine, police detectives Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage. The first in the series, The Cutting, appeared in 2009. The next five were The Chill of NightDarkness FirstThe Girl in the GlassThe Girl on the Bridge, and A Fatal Obsession, which appeared in 2018.

Hayman had a long career in the advertising business, including more than 18 years at Young & Rubicam, where as senior v-p/group creative director, he led creative development of TV and print advertising for clients like the U.S. Postal Service, Procter & Gamble, Lincoln/Mercury, J&J, and the U.S. Army. In 2001, he moved to Portland and a few years later, he decided, as he put it, "that if I didn't start writing the suspense thriller I'd been itching to write for years, I probably never would."

Hayman was also a ghostwriter and editor of corporate books, white papers, and bylined articles.

James Hayman: A Short Bio of the Author and His Hero from his website:

Like McCabe, I’m a native New Yorker. He was born in the Bronx. I was born in Brooklyn. We both grew up in the city. He dropped out of NYU Film School and joined the NYPD, rising through the ranks to become the top homicide cop at the Midtown North Precinct. I graduated from Brown and joined a major New York ad agency, rising through the ranks to become creative director on accounts like the US Army, Procter & Gamble, and Lincoln/Mercury.

We both married beautiful brunettes. McCabe’s wife, Sandy dumped him to marry a rich investment banker who had “no interest in raising other people’s children.” My wife, Jeanne, though often given good reason to leave me in the lurch, has stuck it out through thick and thin and is still my wife. She is also my best friend, my most attentive reader and a perceptive critic.

Both McCabe and I eventually left New York for Portland, Maine. I arrived in August 2001, shortly before the 9/11 attacks, in search of the right place to begin a new career as a fiction writer. He came to town a year later, to escape a dark secret in his past and to find a safe place to raise his teenage daughter, Casey.

There are other similarities between us. We both love good Scotch whiskey, old movie trivia and the New York Giants. And we both live with and love women who are talented artists.

There are also quite a few differences. McCabe’s a lot braver than me. He’s a better shot. He likes boxing. He doesn’t throw up at autopsies. And he’s far more likely to take risks. McCabe’s favorite Portland bar, Tallulah’s, is, sadly, a figment of my imagination. My favorite Portland bars are all very real.