Brian Abbott

Description

Brian Abbott is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.A. in English and Public Relations. He lives in Syracuse, NY, and works at a local public library where he’s responsible for public relations, publications, and selecting mysteries for the collection. Besides writing, Brian enjoys reading, theatre, film, gaming, and travel.


MY BLOGS

  • The Poisoned Martini http://thepoisonedmartini.com/

    For mysteries & more!
    The Poisoned Martini is a mix of reviews, original writing, and the occasional cocktail.

LATEST ARTICLES ( 251 )

  • Friday Cocktail

    Friday Cocktail

    The Sphinx cocktailIt may be the most famous riddle of them all: “What being, with only one voice, has sometimes two feet, sometimes three, sometimes four, and... Read more

    Posted on 29 April 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Writing Challenge 62

    Writing Challenge

    They will eat you alive!Dive in and discover a new story, scene, or chapter in your writing. Will your characters visit an aquarium or the Amazon? Is a villain... Read more

    Posted on 01 April 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Friday Cocktail

    Friday Cocktail

    Black and Red cocktailSt. Patrick’s Day on a Friday? The perfect time for a cocktail. And though it’s not green, a Black and Red cocktail is a quick and easy... Read more

    Posted on 17 March 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • By Its Cover: The Death of Kings

    Cover: Death Kings

    Imagine a classic film in black-and-white flickering on a screen in a darkened room. For an instance the frame freezes. A woman stands holding a glass of... Read more

    Posted on 09 March 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Writing Challenge 61

    Writing Challenge

    “Into the woods you go again, you have to every now and then…”Just like the characters in Stephen Sondheim’s 1987 musical, Into the Woods, writers should journe... Read more

    Posted on 09 February 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Gone with the Wind Cocktails

    Gone with Wind Cocktails

    Let’s start of the month of February with a quartet of drinks that will be perfect to enjoy around Valentine’s Day! Try a Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler,... Read more

    Posted on 01 February 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Friday Cocktail

    Friday Cocktail

    Reincarnation cocktails and a page from the Time-Life Books This Fabulous Century 1950-1960, detailing the Bridey Murphy craze.Resurrect your spirits and... Read more

    Posted on 14 January 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Top 10 Sci-Fi Novels in 2016?

    Sci-Fi Novels 2016?

    For the first time, The Poisoned Martini is taking a look at the most popular science fiction titles of the previous year. Based on circulation figures at the... Read more

    Posted on 04 January 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Top 10 Fantasy Novels of 2016?

    Fantasy Novels 2016?

    After looking at last year’s top mysteries, it’s time to check out which fantasy novels were the most popular in 2016.  The following list includes a mix of hig... Read more

    Posted on 03 January 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Friday Cocktail

    Friday Cocktail

    Winter White CosmopolitanCelebrate the end of hectic holidays, wintry nights and days, or take a chill with a Winter White Cosmo. Read more

    Posted on 31 December 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Top 10 Mysteries of 2016?

    Mysteries 2016?

    As 2016 comes to a close, let’s take a moment to look back at the year’s most popular mysteries. Based on circulation figures at the library where I work,... Read more

    Posted on 30 December 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Bones on Ice

    Bones

    A body frozen in ice.A freak accident leading to such an occurrence is tragic and frightening, but what if it’s something more? Consider Ötzi, the 3,300 BC... Read more

    Posted on 30 December 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Louise Penny’s The Hangman

    Louise Penny’s Hangman

    “Armand Gamache didn’t like what he was looking at … A man was hanging from a tree in front of him.”The calm, collected Chief Inspector Armand Gamache stands... Read more

    Posted on 20 December 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Writing Challenge 60

    Writing Challenge

    Raw escargot!Creepy, crawly critters loom in our imaginations, sometimes fueling our fears and nightmares. Yet there is a fascination with such creatures,... Read more

    Posted on 16 December 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Patricia Cornwell’s Chaos II

    Patricia Cornwell’s Chaos

    Chaos resumes with the meticulous investigation of the body and surrounding crime scene. The bicyclist is found sprawled on the ground in the shape of an X. Read more

    Posted on 14 December 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Patricia Cornwell’s Chaos

    Patricia Cornwell’s Chaos

    Chaos is here.Cornwell’s latest Kay Scarpetta novel begins in the sweltering heat of late summer on the Harvard campus. The twenty-fourth entry in the series... Read more

    Posted on 16 November 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Syracuse Mysteries on Sale

    Syracuse Mysteries Sale

    The Poisoned Martini celebrates its anniversary this week. In honor of the event, both books in the Syracuse Mystery series will be on sale. Read more

    Posted on 14 November 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • By Its Cover: Someone Always Knows

    Cover: Someone Always Knows

    Sometimes it’s not so much the cover that attracts attention but the title on it.Someone Always Knows. What a loaded statement! It begs the question, “Knows... Read more

    Posted on 05 November 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • National Novel Writing Month 2016

    National Novel Writing Month 2016

    Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.It’s that time of year again. The day that launches a 1,000 novels. NaNoWriMo has begun! Read more

    Posted on 01 November 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Writing Challenge 59

    Writing Challenge

    Is it a dark tower? Rapunzel’s tower? Just what is this  medieval structure that looms before you? Is it our reality or something from a fantasy world? Read more

    Posted on 28 October 2016 BOOKS, CULTURE