Have a Pretty Good New Year

We are always wishing each other a Happy New Year. In reality, most years don’t live up to the hype. We get sick, the winters are too cold, the summers too hot and (ironically), too short, the (fill in the blank) costs too much or breaks down. In the spirit of “it could always be... Continue Reading →

Next up?

I am brainstorming my next Beth and Evie mystery book; trying to lay the groundwork for a really good mystery. What adventures next await my dauntless duo? According to James N. Frey, in his book, How to Write a Damn Good Mystery, a really good idea is the first step. So, “bubble, bubble, toil and... Continue Reading →

What is Freedom?

Freedom is often conceived of as freedom from something—from control, from rules, from inhibitions. That is the freedom we long for when we are young; to be free from the supervision of parents and teachers. Later, we long for the freedom of retirement. No more alarm clocks, frantic commutes, bosses, or long hours of the... Continue Reading →

The good, the bad, and spring 2022

Madeleine Albright passed away this past month. This Czech-American’s family had to flee their homeland, twice, before she was eleven years old. First, when the Nazis invaded and occupied Czechoslovakia prior to WWII her family moved to London, where they had to endure the Blitz. They moved home after the war only to once again... Continue Reading →

Caravans in the Dark Cover Reveal

I am about halfway done with the second Beth and Evie mystery book. I am also working on a historical novel titled, Caravans in the Dark, which will be published in June 2023. I used my initials B.K. Oldre, to differentiate this purely historical fiction from my mystery novels. What do you think of the... Continue Reading →


Did you ever want to fly away, beat it, break out, take off, and disappear? I think we have all had that impulse, from time to time, when things seem intolerable, or simply stifling. In the case of Agatha Christie, she followed through on that impulse and disappeared for eleven days. That real event is... Continue Reading →

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Library assistant, Beth Williams is rushing to work through the eerily quiet city park, on the evening of the winter solstice, 1968, when a body rolls down a hill and lands near her feet. The body disappears before the police arrive, and they don’t believe a crime has been committed. So, Beth and her best... Continue Reading →

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