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Christina Morgan Cree

by Christina Morgan Cree

Thirty years after Agatha Christie’s death, her grandson, Mathew Prichard, was cleaning out one of his mother’s rooms shortly after she had passed away. In a cardboard box he found his grandmother’s dictation machine-an obsolete “Grundig Memorette” reel-to-reel.


by Christina Morgan Cree

In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Seth Grahame-Smith tells the “real” story behind the war that ripped a nation apart. Following the huge and unexpected success of his first mash-up, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in 2009, Grahame-Smith uses the same formula and interjects stories of vampires at various points along the chronology of Lincoln’s biography.

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by Christina Morgan Cree

Sunny, mild weather and ocean breezes; a love of the environment and local art and a laid back feeling of “what’s the hurry”–people in Santa Cruz take time to enjoy their surroundings. Downtown, you’re likely to run into a variety of characters on Pacific Garden Mall, the outdoor shopping area that runs mainly on Pacific Ave, which has adopted the motto of “Keep Santa Cruz Weird” (t-shirts are available at Bookshop Santa Cruz). On any given day you will run into students, professionals, hippies who never made the transition to yuppie, surfers of all ages, intellectuals and pseudo-intellectuals and street performers.

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by Christina Morgan Cree

One of Agatha Christie’s best loved characters is the fussy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Though I’ve known many people to give me that blank-eyed “I have no idea what you’re talking about and I’ve already lost all interest in what you’re saying” look when I bring up the name of Hercule Poirot, he actually has, and has had, quite a following. He’s the only fictional character to ever get an obituary in the New York Times, and of Agatha Christie’s more than 80 novels and short story collections, he appears in 33 novels and 51 short stories.


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