Review--Ripper

Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, and Colonel Mustard sit this one out as the patients of Indiana, a practitioner of alternative remedies in The Holistic Clinic, a tower of alternate lifestyle, shuffle back and forth, complaining of everything from arthritis and asthma to cancer and PTSD.

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Review--The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick, with her novel The Girl Who Knew Too Much, has updated West Coast, inter-War period romance crime drama with a female protagonist and a plot so genuinely true to the genre that she earns a place for herself beside such greats as Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep) and Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon). 

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The Redders & the Bluers
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Pride & Prejudice

I gain confidence enough to jump genres.

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The one that got away

She is the one Dale and I proposed to marry.

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Wood Boats ain't nothin' but work.

Beauty does have a place on Betty Jane's (née The King and I) deckhouse floor where my dog likes to be.

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This is a Southern boat, suh.

Rafter Clyde

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Bare-Naked Mornings upon Dew-Beaded Decks

We take a deep breath, as deep as will go. 

It is only just now that we can sure know.

We breathe in that smell, the smell of a boat

Of oil and mahogany that we know so by rote.


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Getting Started

Dale is in the kitchen, making coffee from the sound of his prattle which always accompanies its brewing. The computer on my desk is making promises in advance that I will, in a few months, deliver River Queens: An American Journey, a finished hard-bound book. I am standing alone at the foot of the bed when I say, "Well, here we go."

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