REVIEW: THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE by Valerie Martin

I am fascinated by tales of the ocean, mysteries of the sea (I even have an interest in cryptozoology).  The ocean is just so vast and for centuries uncharted.  It was the greatest adventure anyone could embark upon.  But even with maps and coordinates and best laid plans, ships disappear.  What’s significant about the Mary…

REVIEW: MASTERMIND by Maria Konnikova

I’ve read all the books, watched all the movies and the TV episodes. My sister and I were even Holmes and Watson one Halloween. I try to apply his logic in my daily life — mostly just for fun. And still I have not been able to determine how Sherlock survived the Reichenbach Fall (a…

31 Days of Halloween — October 21, 2013

Then come the sudden swirl round of the wind, the blistering gale from the south-west, the dragging anchor, the lee shore, and the last battle in the creaming breakers. The wise mariner stands far out from that evil place. On the land side our surroundings were as sombre as on the sea. It was a…

Conan Doyle Interview, via The Paris Review

I saw this clip about a year ago while visiting Edinburgh.  I went to a fantastic exhibit at the Surgeon’s Hall Museum that was on Dr. Bell and his student Doyle.  It was wonderful and fascinating.  I’m so glad The Paris Review found and posted it. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Speaks “It was only in the…

REVIEW: THE FAIRY RING by Mary Losure

I have always loved this story – a story within a story, really.  It speaks so much of the times and the psychology of an era.  I was a teenager, though, before I learned about the Cottingley Fairies.  I do wish I’d had a book like this to read when I was young. The book…