September 17th, 2020

The fifth Max book is now about a quarter of the way done. And I had a mild freakout this week that it was all terrible and I was wasting my time. Maybe it’s true. Maybe it’s not. A lot is going on right now way beyond writing. Pandemic, the election, school starting up. Letting my emotions bubble up shouldn’t have been a surprise.

It was a good reminder that while our to-do lists continue to grow at the top of the list should be working to remain calm. To do what we need to do to slow down our racing mind because emotional responses only ever make things worse. I got my head right and went back to work.

Here are 3 crime fiction links, 2 quotes, and 1 question for this week:





Two quotes from Agatha Christie this week as she celebrates a birthday:

  • “Time is the best killer.”
  • “Very few of us are what we seem.”



  • The Queen of Crime is the best selling novelist of all time so chances are that you’ve read at least one of her books. My two favorites are AND THEN THERE NONE and the third Poirot, THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD. What is your favorite Agatha Christie mystery?


Until next Thursday, happy reading,


Author the Max Strong thriller series