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video 2019-02-28 21:17

Clapton and "Blackie" -- Old Love ... for those who enjoy Peter Grainger's D.C. Smith novels.


For everybody else: this song, but just as soulfully performed by Smith himself, provides the final note of An Accidental Death.  And Grainger clearly had this sort of performance in mind when writing that passage ... just listen to the guitar solo (beginning ca. 3:25).

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video 2016-05-08 04:22

Has anyone watched Houdini & Doyle?  I guess it  aired on ITV in the UK,  it just started on FOX in the US and on Global in Canada. 


I really enjoyed it,  great acting, great plot and I wish there were more shows like this on TV.

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video 2015-05-06 11:47
Rules - Cynthia Lord
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
The Pleasure of My Company - Steve Martin
Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior - Temple Grandin,Catherine Johnson
The Asperger's Adventure: The Quest for a Cure That Went Wrong - Kyle Robertson
Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant - Daniel Tammet
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's - John Elder Robison

Thanks to some major and majorly annoying computer glitches, I was late getting this posted for Autism Awareness Month... but here I discuss the stack of books I read through on the topic. 

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video 2014-06-27 06:16

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is my new favorite thing. i 'heart' this show so much! and it's based on a series of books, you say? *drools*

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review 2014-06-25 21:16
Forevermore (Pat O'Malley Mysteries) (Volume 1) - Jim Musgrave

First Place in the 2013 CLUE Book Awards for Mysteries, Suspense and Thrillers. Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2014.


What if Edgar Allan Poe did not die in Baltimore as a drunk in the gutter? What he were, instead, murdered?


In post Civil War New York City, Detective Pat O'Malley is living inside Poe's Cottage in the Bronx. O'Malley is haunted by Poe one night, and the detective finds a strange note. As a result, O'Malley decides to prove that Edgar Allan Poe did not die in Baltimore from an alcoholic binge but was, instead, murdered. O'Malley quickly becomes embroiled in a "cold case" that thrusts him into the lair of one of the most sinister and ruthless killers in 1865 New York City.


Jim Musgrave's Forevermore is a quick read in four acts that will keep your mind razor sharp trying to solve the mystery of Poe's murder. Pat O'Malley must first find out how to become intimate with females before he can discover the final clue in this puzzle of wits, murder and romance.


˃˃˃ Mini-Mystery in the Manner of Poe

"If any literary work is too long to be read at one sitting, we must be content to dispense with the immensely important effect derivable from unity of impression for, if two sittings be required, the affairs of the world interfere, and everything like totality is at once destroyed." Edgar Allan Poe


˃˃˃ Kindle Book Review (Carol Piner)

I adore Edgar Allan Poe and when I started Forevermore by Jim Musgrave I thought, "Oh no...another book about how bad Poe was." Was I in for a marvelous shock! The author, Jim Musgrave, envisioned a young man who admired Poe, even lived in his cottage, and wished to find out what Poe died of, why and who was responsible for the death of the dark poet.


Delving into Poe's life just before he died, Patrick O'Malley began his quest into Poe's death. The search for the truth led him to many famous writers such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who hated Poe. John Anderson, the owner of a tobacco shop, who violated a young woman who worked for him, is another. She was the famous "Mary" from one of Poe's novels. O'Malley was told Anderson paid Poe to write the tale to avoid suspicion regarding her death. Oddly enough, John Anderson lived in Sleepy Hollow made famous by the tale of the "Headless Horseman". Other famous names were sprinkled throughout this mystery. Literary references ran rampant and Musgrave was adept at making them fit into his tale.


You will also be introduced to the low life. McKenzie, who became a protector, was head of the Plug Uglies. I'll let you read the book to find out what that means. I also met a certain Madame who introduced O'Malley to heights he had never attained before. You will find Joshua Reynolds a person who could have been the subject of Poe's worst visions.


There is no generally accepted reason for Poe's death. Some said alcohol, some dementia and others believed diabetes. We know he died in Baltimore in the gutter, dressed like a bum. Mr. Musgrave weaved a wonderful tale and came up with a perfectly believable reason for not only how Poe died, but also why he died like a bum. He was killed. If you want to know by whom, you will have to read the book.


˃˃˃ Portland Book Review

Most historians uphold that literary legend Edgar Allan Poe died from complications to his crippling alcoholism. But private detective Pat O’Malley believes otherwise. He believes that Poe was actually a victim of murder. In Forevermore, O’Malley sets forth on a mission of danger and romance to uncover the truth behind the demise of his old friend and one of America’s most important authors.

Source: emrepublishing.com/Forevermore
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