Best Books of the Year

John Dwaine McKenna 2014 Best Books of the Year

It was an awesome year for crime and mystery fiction, and as a result, it’s generated our longest annual list ever, with selections from around the world. With computers and modern printing methods, an astonishing number of books are being published . . . an estimated one-thousand five hundred per day in the English language, is one figure being given, but the technology is changing so fast that it’s impossible to compile accurate numbers. One thing is for sure: we are living in an unprecedented time of creativity and the availability of books of all kinds has never been greater. In making these selections, which are my personal choices, I’d like to acknowledge the help of
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Great Good News About Healthcare

  Colorado Springs, Colorado Comrades!  I have great good news!  Soon, everyone will have health insurance!  Access to health care is, after all, one of your basic human rights according to someone, somewhere and publicly endorsed by the always loquacious and eager to articulate anonymous source. There is unfortunately however, how do you say . . . yes.  There is however, an unfortunate insect in the borscht.  Err
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What’s Hot

 

Colorado   Springs, CO The news from Colorado this week is all hot.  The Denver Broncos opened training camp and new quarterback, Peyton Manning is hot, hot, hot.  The Colorado Rockies are not so hot; they're the cellar-dwellers in the NL West.  Some burned-out homeowners in the Waldo Canyon fire are hot under the collar, trying to figure out their insurance claims and navigate the Byzantine rules and regulations of the Regional Building Department, and the whole summer's been unseasonably hot for everyone. Up here, around the hacienda high on the mesa, we're going hot and heavy with preparation for the release of our next book: The Whim-Wham Man, a coming-of-age murder-mystery, due out in the next three
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A Simple Thank You

The great conflagration and inferno known as the Waldo Canyon Fire has been put out.  It consumed nearly 18,000 acres of the Pike National Forest, 346 homes and 2 lives.  It took thousands and thousand of man hours, a fleet of air tankers and helicopters, more than 1,000 federal wildfire fighters and God only knows how many professional firefighters from metropolitan Colorado Springs and nearby cities and towns . . . brave men and women all . . . who went toe-to-toe with the firestorm, battling and beating it back, inch by inch, foot by foot, or house by house and tree by tree until it was no more.  They are all heros.  They all went about their dut

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