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Welcome to This Awful/Awesome Life! My name is Frances Joyce. I am the publisher and editor of this magazine. We'll be exploring different topics each month to inform, entertain and inspire you. Meet new authors, sharpen your brain and pick up a few tips on life, love, entertaining and business. Enjoy and please share!

The ABC's of Mystery Writers Quiz

In honor of the Kinsey Millhone Mystery Series by Sue Grafton, we’ve selected mystery authors for every letter of the alphabet. Your job is to match the book title to the author who wrote it. Take our quiz and find out if you know the ABC’s of mystery. Answers are on the last page of this month’s issue,            


Sarah Andrews                                ____________________________________________                                           

Lilian Jackson Braun                       ___________________________________________

Agatha Christie                                 ___________________________________________                           

Annette Dashofy                             __________________________________________                           

Janet Evanovich                              ___________________________________________                                           

Gillian Flynn                                      ___________________________________________                                           

Tess Gerritsen                                   ___________________________________________                                           

Dashiell Hammett                           ___________________________________________           

Michael Innes.                               ___________________________________________

P.D. James                                          ___________________________________________                                           

Jonathan Kellerman                       ___________________________________________           

Laura Lippman                                  ___________________________________________                                           

Ross Macdonald                               ___________________________________________                                           

Fuminori Nakamura                       ___________________________________________                                           

Joyce Carol Oates                            ___________________________________________                                           

Sara Paretsky                                     ___________________________________________                                           

Ellery Queen                                     ___________________________________________                                           

Ian Rankin                                           ___________________________________________                           

Julia Spencer-Fleming.                 ___________________________________________

James Twining                                  ___________________________________________                                           

Arthur W. Updike                            ___________________________________________                           

Elaine Viets                                        ___________________________________________           

Patricia Wentworth                        ___________________________________________                                           

Qui Xiaolong                                      ___________________________________________                                           

Seishi Yokomizo                                __________________________________________                                           

Anthony E. Zuiker                            __________________________________________                           


1.       The King is Dead – An Ellery Queen Mystery

2.       I Know a Secret – A Rizzoli & Isles Mystery

3.       Through the Evil Days – A Clare Ferguson & Russ Van Alstyne Mystery

4.       Whodunnit? Murder on Mystery Island

5.       The Wedding Guest – The Alex Delaware Series

6.       In a House of Lies – featuring Inspector Rebus & Malcolm Fox

7.       The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern – The Cat Who…Mysteries

8.       Death at the President’s Lodging – An Inspector Appleby Mystery

9.       Twisted Twenty-Six – A Stephanie Plum Mystery

10.   The Drowning Pool – A Lew Archer Mystery

11.   Murder on the Orient Express -  A Hercule Poirot Mystery

12.   The Murder Room – An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

13.   The Breakaway House

14.   Fair Game – A Zoe Chambers Mystery

15.   The Double Eagle- featuring the art thief, Tom Kirk

16.   The Thief

17.   The Murder in Honjin

18.   The Maltese Falcon – A Sam Spade Mystery

19.   Fallout – a V. I. Warshawski novel

20.   The Girl in the Cellar – A Miss Silver Mystery

21.   A Fair Maiden

22.   Sharp Objects

23.   Bone Hunter - an Em Hansen Mystery

24.   Death of a Red Heroine – A Chief Inspector Chen Cao Mystery

25.   The Girl in the Green Raincoat - The Tess Monaghan Series

26.   Ice Blonde - Angela Richman, Death Investigator Series

*A is for Alibi book cover art: By Source, Fair use,

 Y is for Yesterday book cover art:  By Source, Fair use,

Nowhere to Hide: An Analysis of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None by Eric Magliocca

May 2019 - This Awful Awesome Life in Pictures