Archive for April, 2011

Posted on April 27, 2011 - by

Ready for my Close-up, Mr. DeMille

Tuesday night before the Edgar activities found the party at the Mysterious Bookshop at the booksigning for the new MWA anthology, THE RICH AND THE DEAD. I was too busy yakking and signing books with 15 other authors to take a lot of photos, but this was the view from my end of the table: Mr. DeMille, Michael Connolly, Dan Hale, and happy fans.

Aside from greeting old friends and new, my goal was to have my picture taken with Nelson DeMille, the anthology’s editor. Thanks to my friend and neighbor Lyn for serving as photographer. I had my own copy signed by the contributors and enjoyed starting the stories on the train ride home.

Posted on April 24, 2011 - by

A Tale of Two Quiches

What to serve for brunch when you’ve spent the morning away from the house (in this case, singing in the choir)? Quiche, of course. But since I don’t have a go-to recipe, I decided to try two. If one was a bust, surely the other would be edible–or better yet, delicious!

I chose a bacon and green chili recipe (on the left) with a ton of cheese and some green onion from I made the crust last night and baked for five minutes, plus fried the bacon, grated the cheese, chopped the scallions. Then once back from church, all I had to do was layer the ingredients and add the custard.

The second quiche (right) was a more elaborate vegetarian version I’d seen in the Baking Barrister’s blog. Again, I made and baked the crust last night–mostly butter, chives, and flour, patted into a springform pan. The filling consisted of roasted squash, sauteed leeks and spinach, and a package of Boursin cheese. Unfortunately, I jiggled the prebaked crust, which resulted in a hairline crack, which led to a leak in the oven, which led to lost filling and a smoky house. It still came out rich and delicious.

Our guests raved about them both, and had a hard time choosing a favorite. Which led to slim pickins for leftovers…

Posted on April 19, 2011 - by

Adventures in Publishers Weekly

The gold standard of what’s happening in the publishing business has always been Publishers Weekly. A starred review or even a solid mention can make a big difference in a book’s launch–or so I’ve always imagined. With the magazine’s concentration on hardcover releases, none of my eight paperback original titles made it past the gatekeeper.

So I was very excited when my good buddy Mike Wiecek (soon writing as Mike Cooper) sent me a link (via his fabulous sister Sophie Littlefield) to the recent review of THE RICH AND THE DEAD. It contained this paragraph:

“Standouts include Michael Connelly’s “Blood Washes Off,” in which detective Harry Bosch makes a welcome appearance in the interview room; Harley Jane Kozak’s “Lamborghini Mommy,” which plays a nice variation on look-alikes; and Roberta Isleib’s “The Itinerary,” in which widowed Connecticut detective Jack Meigs vacations in Key West, but can’t keep his cop instincts from sniffing out crime instead of tourist attractions.”

Woo-hoo! Not every day your name gets mentioned in the same paragraph with Michael Connelly and Harley Jane Kozak. (Like never!!) So here’s a nod and a thank you to the PW publishing people. And fingers and toes crossed for Lucy’s debut…