The people of Davis, California don't think so, as The New York Times reports this week. Their police department is returning the Pentagon's gift of a "mine-resistant, ambush-protected" motorized tank (MRAP).
This nimrod didn't compare my adult thriller to any other book in my Nick Hoffman mystery series, but wholly inappropriately compared it to a children's self-help book. And reached a conclusion 100% at odds with what actually happens in the novel and what it means.
For six years we had a wonderful marriage. However, before he died, not only did he leave me traces along the way for his departure, he left me with a deed on how I was to live through the years without him.
This time the mystery is manifold: Who is drowning these young women, where did the women come from, who (or what?) is leaving threats (or promises?) on the deck of Lacey's houseboat, what is Mark Joesbury up to -- and does a mermaid really exist in the waters of the Thames?
Are you raising an aspiring super-sleuth? Is the young reader in your life a code-cracking, baddy-busting, fiend-foiling, eagle-eyed P.I.? Then look no further because this round up includes some of the most quick-witted kid detectives of children's literature.
In case you missed it, ABC's Whodunnit was an exciting and fun (albeit campy) crime solving reality drama that debuted this summer. Each week, contestants scrambled to solve a fictional "murder," the demise of the latest eliminated contestant.
Knowing the book was written by the author of the mega-successful Harry Potter books did change my perspective -- but just a bit. There are certainly some notes that will be familiar to anyone who read the adventures of Harry & Co.
Heading somewhere far off means running smack into a spectrum of new sights, new sounds, new tastes. But along with these comes the inevitable oven-fresh batch of eye-rolling, mind-blowing, completely incomprehensible Mysteries of Travel.
I love historical fiction. A writer takes what is known about a place in time or a character from the past, and then transports the reader further and deeper into what are the blood and guts of the past.