Today’s Observations – November 29, 2007

The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday, November 29th that former Congressman Henry Hyde died, after a long illness. It was Congressman Hyde, chairman at the time of the House Judiciary Committee, who initiated the impeachment of then President Bill Clinton.

“During the impeachment of Clinton, Hyde pushed the charges against Clinton through his panel in a bitterly partisan fight. Even though the House approved the impeachment charges, the Senate later refused to remove Clinton from office. Hyde defended his role in the impeachment effort – which centered on Clinton’s affair with an intern — though it was discovered during the time that he also had had an affair. Chicago Tribune.”

While I was certainly not a fan of Congressman Hyde, entirely related to his futile efforts to unjustly remove a sitting President, he was clearly a “customer service” oriented Congressman, which is why representatives that get elected year after year (in Hyde’s case, decade after decade, serving thirty plus years). Longevity is all about serving constituents. John Presta.

Mary V. Welk to Appear at the Beverly Branch Library December 6th at 7:00 pm

Author Mary V. Welk will be reading and signing her holiday murder mystery, A Merry Little Murder, at the Beverly Branch Library located at 2121 W. 95th Street, Chicago, on Thursday evening, December 6th at 7:00 pm. The event is co-sponsored by Reading on Walden Bookstore your online community bookseller. The book is published by Echelon Press.

Lighting a Christmas tree at St. Anne’s Hospital results in a big bang! The question for police is who planted the bomb that wrecks havoc in the little town of Rhineburg? A frustrated employee fired by St. Anne’s despised administrator? A student terrorist from Bruck University? Or Caroline Rhodes, a nurse with a suspicious past who survived the explosion but refuses to discuss it? Tagged as a suspect by the FBI, Caroline must prove her innocence by unraveling a devilish plot devised to eliminate one man’s nemesis. Aided by history professor Carl Atwater, Caroline cuts through a maze of conflicting stories, red herrings, and downright lies to bring a killer to justice.

Mary V. Welk has drawn on her experience as an ER nurse to develop these unique characters. A native of Chicago, Mary is a member of Sisters in Crime. She has served on the Board of the Midwest Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and as a reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Scene Magazine, and

This event is brought to you by Reading on Walden Bookstore and the Beverly Branch Library. Reading on Walden Bookstore has been your community bookstore since 1991. For information about this event or to reserve a copy of A Merry Little Murder, contact Reading on Walden Bookstore at 773-233-7633 or by e-mail at

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Libby Fisher Hellmann appears at Beverly Branch Library

Chicago author and mystery writer, Libby Fischer Hellmann, will be reading and discussing Chicago Blues: A New Collection of Short Stories About the Real Windy City, published by Bleak House Books and a collection Libby edited, with contributions from some of Chicago’s best crime fiction writers. The event will be held at the Beverly Branch Library located at 2121 W. 95th Street, on Saturday, November 17 at 11:00 am (immediately following the Reading on Walden Book Discussion Group meeting).

Some of the contributing writers include Stuart Kaminsky, Sara Paretsky, Barbara D’Amato, Max Allan Collins, Marcus Sakey, Sean Chercover, JA Konrath, Libby Fischer Hellmann and Kris Nelscott.

Publishers Weekly calls the collection a “Classy, impressive volume that has soul, grit, and plenty of high notes…”

This event is co-sponsored by the Beverly Branch Library and Reading on Walden Bookstore, a community online bookseller. You can order this book at Reading on Walden’s web site and you can call in your book order to 773-233-7633. they can also be reached by email at