If you like the romance and charm of a classic film, my Double V Mysteries, set in New England in the late 1940s and early 1950s, will remind you of an era when dramatic stories were elegant, subtle, and even a grim walk down a dark alley might unexpectedly lead to the glamour of evening dress and a champagne cocktail. Juliet and Elmer, an heiress and an ex-con, become partners in crime-solving...and more. Enter a world of Mid-Century style and take a back seat in a sleek 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan for a fast ride to lose those mugs still tailing them.
My new book Christmas in Classic Films will be a collection of essays on yuletide favorites (and some lesser-knowns) with photos, and I'll keep you posted on when you can pre-order and get a jump on your gift-giving.
I have an upcoming talk on the 1930s New Deal-era Chicopee Falls Post Office mural by Ernst Halberstadt for the Chicopee Historical Society at the Chicopee Public Library on April 20, 2022.
I have an upcoming talk on the story of three men involved with the Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts, during the Civil war, for the Chicopee Public Library on June 15th. Their story is partly told in my book The Ames Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts - a Northern Factory Town's Perspective on the Civil War. (See the non-fiction page on this website.)
I'm currently working on the next book in my mystery series "Double V Mysteries" where Elmer and Juliet travel to the Boston area in the late summer of 1951 to unravel a bizarre mystery that reveals to be more sinister with each clue. And go for dinner and dancing to Vaughn Monroe's orchestra out at his place, The Meadows, in Framingham, where he hosts a live radio show program called Camel Caravan, sponsored by Camel Cigarettes. I'd tell you what they had to eat, but that would be a spoiler and I know how you hate those.
Recorded replay of Zoom presentation on BESIDE THE STILL WATERS:
Friday, December 3, 2021.
Here is a link to my recorded Zoom talk with photos and maps on the historical background of my novel Beside the Still Waters for the Amherst Historical Society of Amherst, Massachusetts, for those of you who were unable to join us.
The novel, a family saga, is about the four towns that were demolished to create the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts in the 1920s and 1930s. The story is about community and the loss of community, and how our hometowns make up a big part of our family heritage and our personal identities. Photos and map images accompany the talk.
Here's the link:
Author Talk - Beside the Still Waters - Amherst Historical Society
I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for reading...