Look! Winners! And a Few Other Things

Congratulations to Jacqueline Seewald and Theresa de Valence

who won copies of Shades of Murder by Lauren Carr

and to Barbara, winner of Murder in Devon by Maggi Andersen!!!


In the world of Isn’t This Just the Coolest Thing? comes news of three Girl Scout badges in criminal investigation I wish I could have earned when I was in Scouting oh so many years ago, the Detective, Special Agent and Truth Seeker badges—


Now, don’t you wish you could get one of these?


Lizzie Borden took an Ax

And gave her mother forty whacks

When she had seen what she had done

She gave her father forty-one.

Lizzie Borden—she’s one of those notorious folks we just can’t forget about and true crime lovers salivate over any new morsel of information about her alleged crimes. Since I’m one of those true crime fans, I can tell you I was enthralled to hear that her lawyer’s journals had been discovered and that they apparently shed some light on Lizzie’s relationship with her father, Andrew, who may not have been as mean-spirited as he was portrayed during her trial. The journals haven’t been fully studied yet, pending preservation, but I hope somebody will write a book about them before too many years go by.



Are you a fan of the Armand Gamache mystery series by Louise Penny? Here’s a cool audio clip of Trick of the Light

(turn on your audio volume thingie)—



To see some really nifty (and sometimes weird) bookshelves, check this out—



RIP, Maurice Sendak

June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012