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 ( 268 )

  • John Polidori’s The Vampyre

    John Polidori’s Vampyre

    Before the arrival of Bram Stoker’s Dracula on the literary scene in 1897, there was Lord Ruthven, “a nobleman, more remarkable for his singularities, than his... Read more

    Posted on 09 August 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Friday Cocktail: Barbary Coast

    Friday Cocktail: Barbary Coast

    Barbary CoastThis Friday, experience the Barbary Coast in a glass.The Barbary Coast was the European term used from the 16th to 19th centuries for the coastal... Read more

    Posted on 30 June 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Peril & Prayer: a Sister Lou Mystery

    Peril Prayer: Sister Mystery

    Book by Olivia Matthews“Sister Louise LaSalle, two murders in Briar Coast in three months—and you’re on site for both of them. Read more

    Posted on 26 June 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Friday Cocktail: the Mint Julep

    Friday Cocktail: Mint Julep

    The Mint JulepKick off the summer this Friday with the classic Mint Julep!Best enjoyed while dining al fresco or on a porch on a hot summer evening, the mint... Read more

    Posted on 23 June 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Friday Cocktail

    Friday Cocktail

    The Monkey GlandTime for some monkey business for this Friday cocktail; try The Monkey Gland.It may sound unappealing, but the drink is actually rather enjoyabl... Read more

    Posted on 27 April 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Cocktail Special

    Cocktail Special

    The Dubliner cocktail‘Tis time for a cocktail, and what better choice than one called The Dubliner ?The Dubliner is only a couple decades old. Read more

    Posted on 18 March 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • By Its Cover: Footsteps in the Dark

    Cover: Footsteps Dark

    Novel by Georgette HeyerIt’s a throwback to what was once considered cool and sophisticated. A man and a woman light up there cigarettes on this cover of... Read more

    Posted on 16 March 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Lethal in Old Lace

    Lethal Lace

    Will the lawyer and the shop girl get married?The latest entry in the Consignment Shop Mystery series begins with a proposal as Walker Boone proposes to Reagan... Read more

    Posted on 13 March 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Friday Cocktail

    Friday Cocktail

    Tuxedo cocktailDress it up this Friday with a Tuxedo cocktail!The Tuxedo (no. 2) cocktail dates back to the classic pre-Prohibition cocktail period. Read more

    Posted on 10 February 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Top 10 Fantasy Novels of 2017?

    Fantasy Novels 2017?

    Following a look at last year’s top mysteries, it’s time to check out which fantasy novels were the most popular in 2017. Based on circulation figures at my... Read more

    Posted on 16 January 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Top 10 Mysteries of 2017?

    Mysteries 2017?

    As 2017 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 01 January 2018 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Friday Cocktail

    Friday Cocktail

    Banana Split cocktailHave a treat this Friday with a Banana Split cocktail!This is one of those modern cocktail creations that tries to mimic the flavor of... Read more

    Posted on 28 October 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Friday Cocktail

    Friday Cocktail

    Banana Split cocktailHave a treat this Friday with a Banana Split cocktail!This is one of those modern cocktail creations that tries to mimic the flavor of... Read more

    Posted on 28 October 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Writing Challenge 64

    Writing Challenge

    The house on the hill, in the woods, set apart at the edge of town. What secrets (or horrors) are to be discovered within?It’s familiar trope, but one that’s... Read more

    Posted on 16 October 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Friday Cocktail

    Friday Cocktail

    Flamingo cocktailCelebrate summer with the colorful Flamingo cocktail!The Flamingo cocktail dates back to at least the mid-1960s, appearing in the 1966 paperbac... Read more

    Posted on 12 August 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Writing Challenge 63

    Writing Challenge

    Does he steal in on a soft breeze from the window? Ducking into shadow, yet posing for a moment in the daylight, a figure in constant motion dancing on the... Read more

    Posted on 04 June 2017 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • 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