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 →

Book Review of Silent Winter Solstice

D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review Nothing speaks of murder and mystery more than a body discovered and then gone missing. Library assistant Beth Williams faces a special conundrum when this happens to her in Silent Winter Solstice, a cozy historical mystery set in a small town in Northwestern Minnesota in the late 1960s.... Continue Reading →

Goodbye to Summer

The long goodbye to summer ended a couple weeks ago when the extended warmth of September turned into a brisk October. The 10-day forecast confirms what we already know here in Minnesota, autumn is short and winter is right around the corner. A hard freeze is just days away, and snow flurries will soon follow.... Continue Reading →

Cover Reveal and Roads Not Taken

I just finished reading The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig. As I read it, I pondered the junctures of my life where I made fateful decisions. For example, what if I’d stuck with my first choice of being a pre-med major instead of dropping that, floundering about, and eventually choosing English Literature and then an... Continue Reading →

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