Visiting Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, Florida

I am delighted that I will be speaking and signing books at the Copperfish Bookstore on Wednesday February 20th at 6pm. We’ll talk about the Read ‘Em and Eat series as well as the New Orleans Scrapbooking series I co-write with Laura Childs. And since chapter one of GLITTER BOMB opens with an exploding float during a Mardi Gras parade, I’m sure we will have a bit of a Mardi Gras celebration as well because the pre-Mardi Gras parades are in full swing in New Orleans. Oh and did I mention giveaways? There will be giveaways!!

If you are in the neighborhood, I’d love to see you.


Laura Childs and I are thrilled to announce the October 2, 2018 release of GLITTER BOMB, book 15 in the New Orleans Scrapbooking series.

It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela’s ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus’ float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed.

Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member’s death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder….and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.

WELL READ, THEN DEAD book club questions

I belong to two book clubs (one online and one in person) and both moderators are really good at preparing questions before the meetings so that we always have discussion points. I decided to provide some questions for clubs who are reading Well Read, Then Dead. Feel free to use them or to add your own.

Which character would you most like to have lunch with in the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore? And what would you order from the bookish menu?

There is a romance in the story that is both unusual and unexpected. Do you think it added to the overall story and to your understanding of some of the older characters?

Did the relationship between the book club members seem authentic?

Did any book club member remind you of someone you’ve met in any book club?

Did you find the history of southwest Florida that was woven into the story made the story more complicated or more enjoyable? A little of each?

If you got the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?

When a book is set in an existing place like Fort Myers Beach, do you think it is important for the author to stay true to the real life setting?

“Inquiry and Assistance” nominated for the Derringer Award for Best Novelette

I am delighted to tell you that my short story “Inquiry and Assistance” has been nominated by the Short Mystery Fiction Society for a Derringer Award in the Best Novelette category. Published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine in January 2017, this Depression era story follows Tommy Flood as he and his cousin Luke wander around Manhattan earning a few bucks on a temporary job for their cousin Kathleen’s wealthy and demanding employer.

Gerald So interviewed all the Derringer nominees on his blog, So, You Want to Chat?  Here is the link to our conversation about “Inquiry and Assistance”. To read the entire story, please click through to the short story page here on my website.

I am honored and amazed to be in the grand company of the 2017 Derringer Nominees.


Reduced Prices on the Read ‘Em and Eat Books

I am so excited to tell you that the e-book edition of Agatha Award winner WELL READ, THEN DEAD is on sale at AMAZON and B&N for $2.99. Next in the series CAUGHT READ-HANDED is reduced to $5.99 at both. And the third title, READ TO DEATH, remains at $7.99 for the kindle but is reduced to $5.84 in paperback at Amazon only. This is the first time that there has been a significant price reduction for all three novels in one format or another. Hooray!!

Season’s Readings Giveaway!


You may not know that  I blog on Killer Characters along with many of your favorite cozy authors. My day is the 19th of every month, so be sure and look for me there.

This terrific graphic is a reminder that we will be sponsoring giveaways every single day from November 21 to December 20th Be sure and click through everyday and enter to win a prize. And I have it on good authority that the prizes include books! Lots and Lots of books!

And for your holiday gift giving, I know that we agree that books make wonderful presents.

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Enjoy the season!!

“Inquiry and Assistance” is here!

I am delighted to tell the world that my short story, “Inquiry and Assistance” which was published in the January/February 2016 issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine is now available on this site. Click the short stories tab and you will find a link to “Inquiry and Assistance” along with a link to last year’s Agatha Award nominated story, “A Killing at the Beausoleil.”


And as a followup to my previous post, the price of READ TO DEATH on Amazon has dropped further to $5.84 for the paperback edition. Kindle remains $7.99.

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Please stop back and let me know what you think of “Inquiry and Assistance” once you have had a chance to read it.

Price Reduction: Read to Death

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Although I am a great supporter of libraries and indie book stores I thought I would pass this information along to you since a penny saved….

Read to Death in mass market paperback format  is presently reduced to $6.47 on Amazon and $6.60 on the Barnes and Noble website.

And the bonus is: Well Read, Then Dead is reduced to $7.43 on Amazon.

As always I don’t know how long the sale prices will be around but I wanted you to know in case you have a gift card that needs using or a few dollars left in this month’s book budget.

READ TO DEATH: Reviews and Giveaways Part 2


Here we go! This is the  final list of  links to reviews and giveaways that can be found all over the internet. Click through to read a review. In some places you may find an author interview or a guest post. In most places you can also find out how to win a copy of Read to Death.

Lisa K’s Book  Reviews  Scroll to July 11th

Queen of All She Reads

Shelley’s Book Case

The Books the Thing

Socrates Book Review

Brook Blogs  Scroll to July 16th

Classy Cheapskate   Scroll to July 17h

View From the Birdhouse  Scroll to July 18th

Thoughts in Progress 

Open Book Society

Mysteries and My Musings Scroll to July 18th

Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book Scroll to July 20th

A Cozy Girl Reads  Scroll to July 23rd

Have fun!!

READ TO DEATH: Reviews and Giveaways


July is such an exciting month. Read to Death was released on July 5th and is, at least as I post this, on sale at a reduced price for the paperback. Then my birthday was July 8th and I had the pleasure of celebrating with all my children and grandchildren. What a terrific week.

Now I’d like to share links to reviews and giveaways that are all over the internet. Click through to read a review. In many places you may find author interviews and can also find out how to win a book, or, in some cases a tee shirt.

Laura’s Interests

Book Babble

Stuff and Nonsense

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder

Melina’s Book Blog

A Holland Reads

The Bookwyrms Hoard

Booklady’s Booknotes

Cozy Up With Kathy

Cats, Books, and…More Cats

And the good news is: these sites are only some of the places where you can learn about Read to Death and participate in a giveaway. I will be posting a new list at the end of the week!  Keep an eye out!