Natalee Holloway, Part Two (Calling All Spirits)

February 27, 2010

Tags: Natalee Holloway, Crime

All big cases attract people who claim to be in touch with the supernatural, and this one was no exception. One of my favorites was the self-proclaimed psychic who traveled to Aruba in the wake of Natalee's vanishing, and, one night, had a dream, or vision, in which Natalee appeared to her with the (more…)

Natalee Holloway, Part One

February 26, 2010

Tags: Natalee Holloway, Crime

This case fascinates me. Superficially, it doesn't appear complex. A young woman, vacationing in Aruba to celebrate her high school graduation, goes to a bar on the last night of her stay. There she meets up with a young man whom, according to some accounts, she'd encountered earlier that evening in a casino. Around closing time, the young woman leaves (more…)

Born to Be Wild

February 23, 2010

Tags: Great Headlines

"Nursing Home Residents Form Biker Gang" --, February 23, 2010

The junior member of the gang is 65; the senior member is 97.

What's the Matter with Toledo?

February 22, 2010

Tags: Great Headlines

A true bumper crop of great headlines can be found today (February 22, 2010) at, a news site:

"Man Caught Having Sex with Table Gets Six Months"

"Enraged Toledo Woman Just Wanted McNuggets"

"Police Find Dismembered Body Eaten by Dogs"

"Pistol Whipping at Toledo Chuck E. Cheese"

"Marco's Pizza Delivery Turns Violent"

"Lady (more…)

Maxine Kumin: Poet

February 14, 2010

Tags: Author Interviews, Maxine Kumin

Here are some excerpts from an interview I did with Maxine Kumin. It was first published in The Country and Abroad in the September, 1999 issue.

Kelly: Someone who wrote about you--and I'm putting this in quotes--said that you "insist upon order," that this is important to you.

Kumin: It's personally important to me as a poet. (more…)

Super-Great Headline

February 13, 2010

Tags: Great Headlines

"Industry Sees Few Changes with Dicks Calling the Shots" -- National Journal, February 12, 2010

I can't stop laughing.

The "Dicks" in the headline is Norm Dicks, D-Wash, the incoming chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcomittee. The headline makes perfect sense if you know that, but editors do this sort of thing deliberately?

Great Headlines: Birds and Beasts

February 9, 2010

Tags: Great Headlines

"Dog Finds Cocaine in Battery of Pickup Truck" -- El Paso Times, January 26, 2010

"Gang of Turkeys Terrorizes Athens Neighborhood" -- Florida Times-Union, January 28, 2010

"Savage Beagles Terrorize East End" -- New York Post, January 31, 2010

"Swordfish Attack Angolan Pipeline" -- Reuters, February 2, 2010

"Iran Sends a Mouse into Space" -- Daily Telegraph (London), February 3

"Stalker Pheasant Terrorizes (more…)

Selected Works

“This book is, quite simply, remarkable journalism and remarkable writing.”
--Robert B. Parker
"Taut with suspense...crackles like a bestselling novel." -- Barry Reed, author of The Verdict
"Susan Kelly's maiden mystery is fresh and free-spirited with lively characters, snappy dialogue...and a suspenseful plot." -- Washington Post
“Spinetingling... noteworthy... brings the horror of being a victim into sharp focus.”
--Publishers Weekly
“Thought-provoking... a gritty, bittersweet story with added depth and dimension.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A page-turner with action and suspense." -- SSC Booknews
"A winner for fans of literate, witty mysteries." -- Tony Hillerman
"The Summertime Soldiers has love, sex, and murder and most of all, a heart." -- Boston Herald