FL Car Insurance Basics

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If you’re a resident of FL and want to operate a motor vehicle, the state requires you to have car insurance. There are minimum coverage amounts that you must carry for property damage liability and personal injury protection, but most people supplement these with additional coverage. Mandatory FL auto insurance… Read more »

Welcome to Cleveland, Bouchercon!

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Bouchercon, as some of you may not know, is an annual International Conference of Mystery Writers, readers, and friends.  It’s held in a different city each year, and I’m very proud that this year it will take place in Cleveland, Ohio. Hard to believe the convention is less than three months away!… Read more »

What’s In a Name?

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It’s more or less my habit to come up with fairly unusal names for the characters in my books. How many of you out there actually know somebody named Milan Jacovich (besides, of course, the real Milan Yakovich, my friend and dentist after whom I named the character)? In my… Read more »

Never Forget a Face

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When I’m invited to speak at a library or an organization, the first thing I do is scan the crowd for a face, or faces, that seem somehow interesting to me. It doesn’t have to be a beautiful one, but it must be an attention-grabbing face, one with a secret… Read more »

2018 Begins

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Thank you everyone for the Happy New Year wishes. I hope you’re right. I got hundreds of “Happys” LAST year, and 2017 really turned out to be a stinker for me. There was not much “happy” involved. There were a FEW good points: I’ve got my health, considering that the… Read more »


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It’s important that EVERYONE goes to see the film TRUMBO. The work of Bryan Cranston in the title role is breathtaking—but that’s not really what’s important. The bizarre workings of the United States Congress back in the late 1940s so completely reflects the kinds of things the Congress is doing… Read more »

Happy Anniversary to me (Again)

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Yesterday was a big day for me, although I spent it quietly writing and watching a great movie I’d not seen before. It was the twenty-fifth anniversary of my moving to NE Ohio. That’s a quarter of a century,and it’s a huge chunk of my life. Born and raised in… Read more »

Just In Time For Christmas

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Just in time for the holidays—and after the holidays, too—I am offering for sale—many of my hardcover editions that are no longer in print, including some first-printing Milan Jacovich and Saxon books. You can find these Milans, Saxons, stand-alone novel, and a Christmas novella elsewhere with their original covers, but… Read more »

Time for a giveaway…

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While waiting for the upcoming publication of the 18th Milan Jacovich Mystery, Ashtabula Hat Trick, you can enter the contest below for a chance to win a collection of three hardcover Milan Jacovich Mystery books: Win, Place, or Die Whiskey Island The Cleveland Creep