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Time. In crime fiction time is the essence of detection. If Whositz says “I was sleeping with my mistress when my wife was murdered” the first thing the detective on the case will do is verify that alibi. If Whositz is seen leaving his mistress’ house by the back alley in time to get home,…

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The sky is not the limit.

Another of Marshall’s entries in the series he calls “Power of Place,” this one involving looks through the geographical lens at maybe not the first countries or locations you might think of when you think of our planet’s future. There are some surprising discoveries. Saudi Arabia is investing heavily in alternative energy and, following in…

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In 2009 I was asked to answer the Book Brahmins Questionnaire on Shelf Awareness. Never hard to get me talking about books I love, so I did, and here are their questions and my answers, lightly edited. On your nightstand now: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. I was raised in…

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The M.J. Murdock Trust, a great Friend of Storyknife, sent a film crew up to Alaska last year (2021) to talk to the people involved in projects they have funded here. An aside on the Murdock Trust–it was started by a guy who sold Piper airplanes, and the Trust donates to projects in the states…

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I love the acknowledgements pages in historical novels, like the ones in Jim Benn’s Billy Boyles series. It is where the writing rubber meets the road; i.e., where the writer reveals where fact and fiction diverge (or don’t) in the narrative that precedes them. So here are the “notes and acknowledgements” from Disappearance of a…

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Alex Verus has evolved from a minor diviner who runs a shop where he sells crystals and crystal balls to tourists to a powerhouse mage who steps easily between real life, the Elsewhere and the Shadow Realms

The 12th and final book in Benedict Jacka’s Alex Verus series comes out tomorrow*, in what I’m certain will be a slam-bang finish to this urban fantasy buckle-and-swash. Here’s my review of Forged. *FYI, I’ll be out of contact for the day. Here in the next to last book, author Benedict Jacka is showing some…

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So now is the time when I start chumming the waters for the new book. It’s the second novel in my Eye of Isis series, which is set in Alexandria and Egypt in the time of Cleopatra. The first book, Death of an Eye, opened in May 47 BC. Caesar and Cleopatra have returned from…

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Hobo Jim

Hobo Jim died today. Back in the day (2002, I think) I had the privilege of writing about him in Alaska magazine, and this is how I’m going to remember him. THUNDERFOOT by Dana Stabenow There are lots of reasons to go to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer every year.  Turkey legs and crab…

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Time. In crime fiction time is the essence of detection. If Whositz says “I was sleeping with my mistress when my wife was murdered” the first thing the detective on the case will do is verify that alibi. If Whositz is seen leaving his mistress’ house by the back alley in time to get home,…

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