Sam McRae Mystery #2


I knocked on a few more doors. Either no one was home or they weren’t answering. I considered what Duvall had said about the barriers to finding information in this neighborhood. He’d given me Little D’s number. I could probably afford to use him…

This is a reprint of a column I published back in February 2010. Take it for what it’s worth.

Lately, I’ve been having trouble wrapping my mind around the idea of reconciling ambition with Zen.

Most of us know what ambition is, so I won’t go into a lengthy explanation…

This is a reprint of a column I wrote and posted online in January 2010. I remember writing this and thinking, “This is nuts.”

In a recent book called The Paradox of Choice, author Barry Schwartz argues that we are faced with too many choices today. The paradoxical part is…


I left the courthouse without running into anyone I knew (or, if I did, I never saw them) and returned to the office in a daze. The look on Ray’s face after I hit him and the satisfaction of bringing him to his knees ruled my thoughts. …

This movie was adapted from a book by Graham Greene, who co-wrote the screenplay with Terence Rattigan. I read the book a few years ago and mainly remembered what a little shit the main character, Pinkie, was. And that description’s being kind.

He is, in fact, quite the little shit…

My next guest on the Crime Cafe podcast will be Anne Laughlin, who’s provided an excerpt for your reading pleasure from the book with the cover below.

So folks, this is it! The final month of Bad Fortune Cookies 2020!

Let’s go for it, shall we? 🙂

December 2020

12/1/2020 #336 You will have a large family. Especially if they eat nothing but donuts every day.

12/2/2020 #337 A good time to start something new. …

Hi! Today, I’m reviewing What’s Yours is Mine by Tom Slee. You can’t really see the cover, but you get the idea, I think. …

Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash

One thing about making a career in writing-there are no guarantees of great success. Of course, a lot of it depends on the kind of writing you do. If I were to, say, focus on copywriting, I’d have a much better chance of doing quite well, financially and otherwise.


Debbi Mack

New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including the Sam McRae Mystery series. Screenwriter, podcaster, and blogger. My website:

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