What is your favorite mystery podcast?

Reading is still my number one favorite pastime. But when I’m on a long walk or in a doctor’s office waiting room, I love to put in my earplugs and listen to an interview of a mystery author.

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I recently discovered a search engine for podcasts that you might not know about: https://www.listennotes.com. This is a neat website that allows you search for podcasts by subject, title, or author.

One of my favorite podcasts features interviews with the authors who write mysteries: “It’s a mystery podcast” hosted by Alexandra Amor. https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/its-a-mystery-podcast-alexandra-amor-award-bsEQ27h5Fk9/. Another which features author interviews is “The Cozy Corner with Alexia Gordon”:https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-cozy-corner-with-alexia-gordon-alexia-o4zmT6N1g0I/

Maybe you prefer to listen to podcasts of actual mystery novels such as some of the classics like Agatha Christie. Then you might want to try The Classic Tales Podcast: https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-classic-tales-podcast-bj-harrison-Lev39AF8UMZ/.

So tell me, what is your favorite podcast?

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It’s @me today

Readers often ask: is there anything or anyone in your books that is taken from real life? Well, yeah: I was a private pilot.

That’s me, taking a ride on a fun day at Lincoln Park Airport, New Jersey

Yes, that’s correct. Bill and I owned a Cessna 172 in which I earned my private pilot’s license. The year I did that, I set a goal of landing at every private airfield in New Jersey. I would take a picture near a sign that identified the airport.

Me again, at Millville Airport in the southern end of New Jersey.

Bill learned to fly when he was a teenager and owned several small planes before we met. At some point, we decided to buy a Cessna 172 and hence began my flying lessons. I soloed at Lincoln Park Airport on what is usually described as landing on a “pencil” because the runway is narrow.

You may have noticed that in the Star O’Brien books, Lorcan is a pilot and owns a Piper. I drew upon my flying experiences to write the flying scenes in the book.

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An Irish Blessing for March

Let’s begin this first day in March with an Irish blessing.

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. May happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.

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What’s your favorite first line?

I’m excited! Hank Philippi Ryan, bestselling and award-winning author, is the guest speaker at my Sisters in Crime chapter (Citrus Crime Writers) meeting this afternoon. (Don’t worry, we aren’t meeting in person; we’re all on zoom).

Bestselling and award-winning author, Hank Phillippi Ryan

Ryan’s speaking topic is compelling first lines! And, she will provide feedback to those of us who are brave enough to share one of our first lines. Do I dare? Me, who suffers from imposter syndrome? Yes, I’m going to do it! I’m going to risk looking silly or stupid. I’m not going to be my usual shrinking violet, just keeping my mouth shut all the while wishing I could stand confidently and shout my first line to the world.

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What is your favorite first line? Mine is “Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again” from Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.

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Did St. Valentine Have Irish Roots?

St. Valentine may not have had Irish roots but nowadays his remains are rooted in Dublin, Ireland. Yes, that’s correct. In the 1800s an Irish Carmelite priest requested Valentine’s remains to be exhumed and moved to Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland. And, the pope agreed. So….it’s official. Valentine, the heart of hearts, has a place in Irish hearts.

St. Valentine shrine Whitefriar Street Church

Happy St. Valentines Day.

Until next time, keep the love going, Martha.

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