Clara Maynard's blog

Baltimore Blues

Tess Monaghan, a former Baltimore Star reporter, is unemployed now that the newspaper has closed. When her rowing buddy, Rock, becomes the primary suspect in the murder of a local attorney, she agrees to investigate. Baltimore very much comes alive and the character of Tess Monaghan is likable and interesting. Baltimore Blues is the first novel in the Tess Monaghan series and well worth reading. 

Volunteers Needed!

Help someone gain a skill they can use for almost anything. Aldine Branch
Library is seeking volunteer tutors to help adults improve basic reading and
writing.

A training session will take place at the library on Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. Afterwards, tutors will schedule once or twice weekly meetings
with a student to work on phonics and word patterns using materials provided
by the library, meet daily life needs such as reading for work or to read to
children, or reading for pleasure or inspiration.

The training workshop is free and there are no requirements to volunteer,
other than an interest in reading and three hours per week to help someone
learn to read.

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Dinner and a Show!

I love to have dinner parties, and have always wanted to do a murder mystery dinner party.

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Snow and Murder

I had written earlier about Laura Joh Rowland’s Sano Ichiro series, set in ancient Japan, featuring a samurai detective. The Snow Empress is next in the series, and in it Sano travels to the Ezogashima area in search of his missing son. It’s great to read about the native tribes that live in the area, and to enjoy the mystical touches Rowland puts in this novel....

Is Your Family Weird Too?

In The Spellman Files, Izzy Spellman’s crazy family owns a San Francisco PI firm . Her teenage niece tails people for fun, her uncle disappears on lost weekend benders, and her mom and dad give her no privacy at all. She’s had enough and vows to quit the family business. But before she leaves, her parents ask her to solve one more case....

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