Archive for April, 2012

Posted on April 30, 2012 - by

Mystery Writers as Pack Animals

I am just back home from five days of traveling for the annual MWA Edgars week followed by a booksigning at Salt and Pepper Books in Occoquan, VA, and then the Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda. And the party continues without me today at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA. These events are exhausting, but wonderful–such fun to meet with fans, spend time with author friends that I usually only ‘see’ online, and have face time with my editor and agent and lots of other publishing folks. I promised myself two things this year–I would get some work done on the road, and take more pictures. Zero for zero:(.

Anyway, the picture on top is me with fellow Jungle Red Writers bloggers Rosemary Harris and Hallie Ephron, who was a nominee for the Mary Higgins Clark award for NEVER TELL A LIE. The next photo is from the culinary mystery booksigning with Sheila Connolly, Avery Aames, and Krista Davis at Salt and Pepper Books in Occoquan, VA. If you are a cookbook and food writing nut, this adorable store is not to be missed!

My¬† story, The Itinerary, had been nominated for an Agatha award for best short story–here are the five nominees after our panel discussing the hows and whys of short mystery fiction. (Left to right, Krista Davis, Avery Aames, Barb Goffman, moderator Melodie Johnson Howe, Dana Cameron, and me.)

Dana was awarded the prized Agatha teapot on Saturday night–but believe me, it really was an honor to be nominated in the first place. And besides, how could I feel badly when my sweet friend Krista had already given me a miniature teapot, just in case, because we all deserved to be winners?

And that’s what I love about this business–the friends I’ve made, both readers and writers. It’s a marvelously generous and interesting community–hanging out with these people makes all that time at the computer feel like a breeze.

Well, not exactly, but close!

Posted on April 15, 2012 - by

Death in Four Courses–preorder now!

So here is the stunning cover for the next food critic mystery, DEATH IN FOUR COURSES. I love everything about this one and can’t wait for its debut in September!

It’s available for preorder from all the usual suspects:


Barnes and Noble



Books a Million

Posted on April 1, 2012 - by

What’s goin’ on?

I’ve turned in the edits for DEATH IN FOUR COURSES–and already had them accepted–hooray! Now the time will begin to race by and I must not forget to churn out the daily allotment of words for the third book in the series…

Meanwhile, I’ve posted several new events in my schedule. And also some new recipes on my group blog, Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen. And the conversation continues every day at Jungle Red Writers. And if that’s not enough to keep me busy, I’ve also started “pinning” photos on pinterest. Besides just being fun, I can see how this site will help with visualizing future books–characters, setting, and plot. Drop over and take a look, if you dare!

Posted on April 1, 2012 - by

Book talk

at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, ME (a Sisters in Crime event)

Posted on April 1, 2012 - by

Sisters in Crime panel

with Kate Flora and JE Seymour at the Wells Public Library

Posted on April 1, 2012 - by

Bouchercon World Mystery Convention

The biggest gathering of crime fiction writers and fans in the world!

Posted on April 1, 2012 - by

Seascape: Escape to Write workshop

Intensive weekend workshop with a small group of other dedicated writers, and teachers including Hallie Ephron and Hank Phillippi Ryan. More on the weekend right here

Posted on April 1, 2012 - by

Book talk and luncheon

at the Madison Beach Club

Posted on April 1, 2012 - by

CT Fiction Fest

I’ll be teaching a session on writing characters from the inside out.