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I am able to answer most questions concerning the origin of the English mystery and police procedural. I also enjoy classic American detective stories(i.e. Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker, Sue Grafton). I also boast a sizable collection of techno-thrillers (i.e. Tom Clancy, Dale Brown) and global conspiracy novels( Robert Ludlum) as well

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I was a Library Associate for close to thirty years for the Richmond Public Library with my expertise being Readers Advisory. I actually wrote a mystery story once which was not published but was an enjoyable undertaking


I was a freelance Book Critic for the Richmond Times Dispatch for 12 years ( submitting 122 reviews during that period. I also wrote book reviews for an independent local publication, Style Weekly, for three years and composed approximately 25 reviews.


I received a BA in English Litrature with a minor in Linguistics from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1976.

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2015-05-07 mystery books set Botswana:

Dear Kristine:        Unfortunately most mysteries set in Botswana are part of a series, so stand alone books are very sparse.        The ones I have found are these which I will suggest:       The Other

2015-01-24 Detective Stories Writers *:

Dear John:        I still have some new authors in my infinite bag of tricks. See if you might like some of these which i will recommend. Incidentally I have all of the Mission Impossible CDs because I

2015-01-23 Detective Stories Writers *:

Dear John:        Actually your request is not that difficult and i believe I can come up with several possible writers which you may enjoy.         Randy Wayne White is a former fly fishing guide from

2014-07-25 Martha Grimes/Richard Jury Novel:

Dear Preston:        The ending of The Deer Leap was a cross between enigmatic and contrived.Unfortunately after the evil and psychotic Ruth Lister met her demise,it was Carrie Fleet, who I was happy to

2013-05-11 A book about money:

To david:       This was an intriguing question which did have me stymied at first in all honesty. However, i believe that i have found the title of the novel which you are searching for. The author's


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