A Lot of Work for a Little Snow [GUEST POST]

Wintertime at the Monastery
Sometimes the smallest detail creates the largest amount of work for an author, like trying to pick the perfect time for a setting to have snow. E.M. Powell explains in this guest post regarding her new novel, The Monastery Murders. (Photo by Paul R. Robinson, Flickr)

Whenever we pick up a book by one of our favorite authors, we may not realize just how much research went into writing a certain character, choosing a setting, or crafting a particular scene, especially when the author does her job as seamlessly as historical mystery author, E.M. Powell. Reading her latest novel, The Monastery Murders, she excels at luring us into the story’s disarming setting and made us ask: How did holiday traditions differ way back in 1176 and how does she utilize these details to build suspense? Thankfully she explains in today’s guest post. Enjoy! —J&H

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Notting Hill Turns Deadly In Deborah Crombie’s ‘Garden of Lamentations’ [REVIEW]

hand in grass

When a woman is found dead in a Notting Hill garden, Gemma James is on the case in Deborah Crombie’s Garden of Lamentations. (Photo by Davidoff A, Flickr)

Two of Scotland Yard’s best detectives become embroiled in cases the complicate their personal lives in disturbing ways. Will they be able to solve these deadly mysteries before it is too late? Find out in Deborah Crombie’s latest novel, Garden of Lamentations. Read more of this post