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Trixie Beldon and me

By Sally Carpenter I don’t remember how old I was at the time, but one Christmas my parents gave me the first two Trixie Beldon books, “Secret of the Mansion” and “The Red Trailer Mystery.” Since then I’ve gone on … Continue reading

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Mystery of the Muppets

How the Muppets inspired my current work-in-progress. Last year I checked out the DVDs of “The Muppet Show,” first season, from the library. I hadn’t paid much attention to the show when it first aired, but I had the urge … Continue reading

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Just one more plot hole

by Sally Carpenter Even the best writers don’t always get it right. Last year I purchased the complete “Columbo” DVD set—every episode from the 1968 pilot through the final case in 2003. The quality of the writing was superb, with … Continue reading

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When a book festival isn’t so festive

The fact that the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is America’s largest literary event doesn’t necessarily make it the best. Each year my Sisters in Crime chapter rents a festival booth where members can sell their books. I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Worldviews of mysteries

By Sally Carpenter What does that mystery say about its author and readers? All mysteries are written with a particular worldview; that is, the story takes place in a certain type of setting with characters of a certain ilk. If … Continue reading

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Thou Shall Not Kill

By Sally Carpenter Looking for a different way to bump off the victim in a mystery? I found some effective methods in the Bible. Yes, the good book describes humans with all their warts and foibles in brutal honesty. Later … Continue reading

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The mystery of the Peanuts’ parents

By Sally Carpenter I grew up reading the “Peanuts” comic strip in the newspaper, but I never thought much about the characters until I recently watched “The Peanuts Movie” and something struck me. Where are the parents? In the nearly … Continue reading

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