Random Penguin Goes Ninja for Claws of the Cat

Monday, July 15, 2013

Back in January, Random Penguin paid a visit to Susan Spann’s house in California. He hung out with the fish in her aquarium and met her cat, Oobie. More importantly, he heard about her mystery novel, Claws of the Cat, and developed a serious case of hero worship for the main character, Hiro Hattori. “Perhaps I, too, could become a Ninja,” thought Random Penguin. “Though I could never be as smart or…

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Deb Susan Asks: Jogger or Corpse?

For a mystery author, the conflict usually starts before the novel and expresses itself – unpleasantly – as soon as the book begins. My family calls this “jogger or corpse.” When you read a mystery novel or watch a detective show on TV, the opening scenes often show a person engaged in mundane activity. She’s running through a wooded park. He’s brushing his teeth while watching the morning news. This…

Thursday, December 13, 2012
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