Apologies for the dearth of posts lately, folks. My little boy Kenji had open heart surgery recently (he came through it like a champion and is doing well), and with all the 10-12 hour days spent at the hospital, keeping him company as he recovers - well, let's just say I've been too tuckered out to muster up much energy to write. He's still got a few more weeks to go before the doctors will let him go home, so I can't promise anything of note until mid-March, when I will at least be contributing a piece for the Sleuthathon, being hosted by Fritzi Kramer at Movies Silently. The event should provide lots of diverting reading, with a bunch of contributors covering a veritable smorgasbord of amateur sleuths, private eyes, crusading reporters and the like. I'll be talking about three super fun, quick moving gems from MGM, featuring the husband-and-wife bookseller-turned-detective duo Joel and Garda Sloane: Fast Company, Fast and Loose, and Fast and Furious (1938-1939). And who knows, something else might pop up before then. So please check back in a bit, and thanks again for stopping by!