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News from Left Coast Crime 2016, Phoenix, Arizona, Feb 25 to 28th

Mesdames Jane Burfield, M. H. Callway and Melodie Campbell joined several fellow Canadian crime writers in Phoenix, Arizona for this year’s Left Coast Crime conference. Phoenix offers  southwest architecture, fiery Texmex cuisine and sunny, 75 degree weather – what’s not to like! Frozen Canadians … Continue reading

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The Mesdames Walk the Talk – #3

M. H. Callway: The Mesdames have tried many different – and some unusual – venues to get our names out there. Mmes Joan and Cathy Astolfo both have friends involved in community and dinner theatre. Mystery plays, like Agatha Christie’s … Continue reading

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Mesdames on the Move–February

On Jan. 21st the Mesdames of Mayhem were out in force to support their colleague, Mme. Joan O’Callaghan at the launch of her late husband’s book, Maverick Publisher. Joan O’Callaghan endured several sleepless nights worrying about everything from whether the … Continue reading

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Meet the Mesdames, D.J. (Dorothy) McIntosh~ by Joan O’Callaghan

Authors, teachers, business-women, and so much more… Our own Joan O’Callaghan presents a series of interviews with each of our Mesdames. D.J. (Dorothy) McIntosh left her professional job to carve out a career as an author. It took almost ten … Continue reading

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Meet the Mesdames, Rosemary McCracken ~ by Joan O’Callaghan

Authors, teachers, business-women, and so much more… Our own Joan O’Callaghan presents a series of interviews with each of our Mesdames. Born and raised in Montreal, Rosemary McCracken has worked on newspapers across Canada as a reporter, arts writer and … Continue reading

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Meet the Mesdames, Lisa de Nikolits ~ by Joan O’Callaghan

Authors, teachers, business-women, and so much more… Our own Joan O’Callaghan presents a series of interviews with each of our Mesdames. Lisa has a great passion for mystery, crime and short stories and is thrilled to be invited to join … Continue reading

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Meet the Mesdames, Catherine Dunphy ~ by Joan O’Callaghan

Authors, teachers, business-women, and so much more… Our own Joan O’Callaghan presents a series of interviews with each of our Mesdames. A National Newspaper Award winner for feature writing, Catherine Dunphy was a staff writer at The Toronto Star, Canada’s … Continue reading

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Life is like a book of chocolates ~ Guest blogger Lisa de Nikolits

Life is like a book of chocolates. Yeah, I know, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense! But bear with me and let me explain. I am a bookaholic and a chocoholic and it occurred to me the other … Continue reading

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BOOK COVERS: AN ART EXPLOSION! ~ M.H. Callway

Greetings Readers! Technological revolution causes a paradox in impacted businesses: a rapid crumbling of seemingly impregnable bastions of commerce coupled with the birth of flourishing new enterprises. The proliferation of the e-book has led to a huge demand for book … Continue reading

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Standalones vs. Series ~ Vicki Delany

There are, basically, two types of mystery novels: standalones, in which characters appear once, never to be seen again, and series, in which characters feature in book after book. As a reader as well as a writer, I am torn … Continue reading

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