I spend a lot of time researching the past, usually random details. It’s hard to find specific research on exactly how folks were celebrating America’s national holiday back in the 1950s. But newspaper articles, old television shows, and those who remember, all confirm the same thing: not much has changed. (And why should it?) Back … More 1950s 4th of July Celebrations
At the authors panel I attended earlier this month, we were asked why we had chosen to write mysteries in a specific era. There are several reasons why I chose the 1950s, not all of them very interesting. But in short, it’s an era that had more colorful charm than grizzly forensics. Since I’m all … More Why did I set my series the 1950s?
Mysteries of an old Map: Streets extending into Puget Sound, streets that never existed. … More Magnolia’s Fantasy Streets
Seattle once had a neighborhood called Ross. As the city evolved, the name was lost, but my old map still shows streets overlapping the water. The Wedgewood Historical Society was nice enough to explain what happened: When the Army Corps of Engineers built the Ballard Locks a 100 years ago (and the waterway which connects Lake … More Seattle’s Ghost Streets
Bearing in mind that suspense and mystery or not synonyms, they often go together especially in motion pictures. So my suspenseful list (in no particular order) of the best 1950s mysteries goes like this: To Catch a Thief– with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, what’s not to adore? The Trouble with Harry– dark comedy with … More Best Movie Mysteries of the 1950s
I volunteered with some friends to usher a local theater show. Laughter on the 34th Floor is a comedy about a pack of wacky comedy writers in 1950s New York. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy being an usher. The white shirt with back pants combo reminded me of my college job, … More me, as an usher