Book Review: The Paper Detective

by E. Joan Sims A Book Review by Jackie Houchin I enjoyed the first third of the book like any other cozy mystery where the protagonist is a mystery writer writing under the pseudonym of a man. When her editor said a well-known magazine was willing to pay a lot of money to interview the…

Book Review: The Red Zeppelin

by Jack Trebly, narrated by Angela Dawe An Audiobook Review by Jackie Houchin I totally enjoyed The Red Zeppelin by Jack Trebly!  What an unusual cast of characters, and what an extraordinary setting! It reminded me of Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” or her “Murder on the Orient Express” except this murder mystery did…

Our Aging Woes and God’s Faithfulness

An Essay by Jackie Houchin  From head to toes Are my body’s woes. But my spirit knows– That it’s blessed and beneficial. For where God’s discipline goes Repentance, then forgiveness Are what His “rod” bestows. I might never have thought To lean on God, were it not For these annoying and debilitating foes. — me…

Book Review: X Marks the Spot

 by Sean Deffely A Book Review \by Jackie Houchin X Marks the Spot by is a very clever mystery involving kidnapping and murder in the Manor House of the very rich Mayhew family, in which all six of the adult children’s names begin with the letter X. Once you get these names straight, the story becomes…

Book Review – A Dead Man in Trieste

by Michael Pearce, narrated by Clive Mantle An Audiobook Review by Jackie Houchin It’s the early 1900’s in Trieste. There is trouble at the British consulate when Lomax, the main man there disappears. The powers that be in the Foreign Office send Sandor Seymour, an East End immigrant policeman in London to investigate the disappearance.…

Memoir: What it is/What it isn’t

A GUEST BLOG BY ALISON WEARING of Memoir Writing, Inc. “I think it’s so much easier to define memoir by what it’s not…Memoir is not a chronological recitation of a life. It’s not therapy. It’s not an accusation. It’s not a boast. It’s not fiction. It’s not gossip. Memoir is a search to understand the…

Book Review: El Deafo

by Cece Bell A Graphic Novel Book Review by Jackie Houchin I didn’t realize when I bought this book that it was a “graphic novel” – not written in paragraphs, but in comic boxes, cartoon characters, and speech bubbles. I was disappointed at first, but decided to give it a try. I opened and read…

Book Review: Murder Backstage, A Joseph Haydn Mystery

by Nupur Tustin A Book Review by Jackie Houchin Nupur Tustin’s 4th Joseph Haydn Mystery, MURDER BACKSTAGE, is as astonishing and well written as the first three, if not better. She knows the history and blends fact and fiction together so well that you believe it all. In this mystery, Joseph Haydn is involved in…

Book Review: Bidding For Revenge

by Victoria Tait A Book Review by Jackie Houchin Author Victoria Tait has written another entertaining installment in her Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series. In BIDDING FOR REVENGE, Dotty gets plenty of practice bidding for antiques as well as considering a few revenge scenarios, including what “she” would like to do to a certain arrogant…