The annual opening of the Beach Rose Inn marked the unofficial start of summer. It was part of the rhythm of life in Provincetown, like the ferry service from Boston, the whale-watching tour schedule, and the route of the Fourth…Read more


One thing nobody had warned Taylor Carr to be prepared for on her first day on a new job at the country’s top-selling men’s magazine?  The eye candy.  As in lots and lots of the hottest guys she’d ever seen,…Read more

Mysteries & Thrillers

The Maserati was brand-new, sleek, black; a Quattroporte, Mercury thought, judging by the glimpse he had gotten of the car as it roared past him, and probably an S Q5.  Mercury studied such exotic vehicles. A Maserati Quattroporte S Q5…Read more

SF & Fantasy

The cell door retracted. I didn’t open my eyes, concentrating on the repair, desperate to get as close to full working order as was possible. Even so, I knew the first person to step into the room was Nuri. Interestingly,…Read more

Food & Cooking

French puff pastry, pâte feuilletée, is literally what the French title implies: hundreds of leaves or layers of dough separated by hundreds of layers of butter. A piece half an inch thick puffs up 4 to 5 inches in the…Read more

Teen & YA

Hell was a party.  At least, Radu was fairly certain that whatever hell there was would certainly resemble this party.  Music drifted like perfume on the air, enough to sweeten but not overwhelm. Groups of musicians were scattered across the…Read more

Books & Ideas

I often wonder what Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, John Adams, George Mason, Benjamin Franklin, and the other Founders would think about today’s America. What about the earliest Boston revolutionaries, men like Samuel Adams, Joseph Warren, John Hancock, and…Read more

Science & Tech

“So 500 million years is a long time, right?” Stanford paleontologist Jonathan Payne placed a polished slab from the End-Permian* mass extinction on his office table—a block of ancient seafloor from China. The rock accumulated over thousands of years spanning…Read more


I thought I’d be swept out to sea in the middle of the night. But I woke on dry land, curled up in my bathtub.  The walls around me still stood, and for a moment I was sure that I’d escaped…Read more