Read to Death: Countdown


I am so excited that everyone will soon be able to read the third installment of the Read ’Em and Eat series, Read to Death. Sassy is worried to the point of frazzle when it looks like Bridgy might be the suspect in a murder investigation, so Sassy’s run-ins with the always handsome but sometimes officious Lieutenant Frank Anthony intensify.

Everybody’s favorite residents of Fort Myers Beach are back: Aunt Ophie, Skully, Chef Extraordinaire Miguel Guerra, and the many book club members and cafe patrons that wander in and out of the Read ’Em and Eat Cafe and Bookstore. The Teen Book Club has upped their game and may drive Sassy to distraction but Fort Myers Beach News reporter Cady Stanton is surprisingly adept at communicating with teenagers. Who knew?

And as circumstances get murkier for Bridgy, her mother, Emelia, flies down from Brooklyn to help and brings a surprise guest. I have to say that the interaction between Emelia and her sister, Aunt Ophie, is sometimes cringe worthy but always interesting.

Read to Death will grace bookshelves everywhere on July 5, 2016 but is available for pre-order now at all the usual places. Click through to my Where to Buy page for direct links and a search engine to find the Independent Book Store near you.

I can’t wait to hear what you think about Read to Death.


Agatha Award Nomination: A Killing At the Beausoleil

I am delighted to tell you that  once again Sassy and Bridgy have been nominated for an Agatha Award. This time they are nominated for Best Short Story in the delightful tale of how they managed to find a bit of trouble on their very first day in Fort Myers Beach. You can click through to my short story page to read “A Killing at the Beausoleil“.


Read to Death, July 2016


I am delighted to introduce the cover art of Read to Death,  the third book in the Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series. By now you’ve met a lot of the folks who frequent the Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore/cafe in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Be prepared to meet a few more, and a couple of imports from Brooklyn as well.

When the Cool Reads/Warm Climate book club trip to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates ends in murder, Sassy and Bridgy’s moms feel compelled to leave Brooklyn and fly to Florida to keep their daughters safe.

All I can say is that these are two interesting women. I cannot wait for you to have a chance to meet the moms!


Have a Joyful December

I have had a wonderful year. Well Read, Then Dead won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Caught Read-Handed was released to a warm welcome from the reading public. And I joined acclaimed novelist Laura Childs in writing the thirteenth novel in her scrapbooking series, Parchment and Old Lace.


So I wish a joyful month for all of us filled with hope and prayer and love. May the spirit of the season fill our hearts and surround our spirits and may we truly be neighbors to each other.


Caught Read-Handed at a reduced price


The paperback copy of Caught Read-Handed is at a reduced price on Amazon. I am mega-excited because this is the first price reduction since the book was released. You can buy it here. I check constantly because the sale prices on Amazon wax and wane. As soon as the sale ends I will let you know, but in the meantime, CRH makes a great present for cozy readers and shopping time is nearly upon us.

Sassy and Bridgy meet Ellery Queen


Did you ever wonder about the first day Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield arrived in Fort Myers Beach? Were they excited to begin their new lives? Were they exhausted from a long day of travel from Brooklyn to Florida? Most likely excitement and exhaustion are to be expected. But murder? Who expects murder? And yet…

I am delighted to tell you the short story “A Killing at the Beausoleil,” prequel to Well Read, Then Dead and Caught Read-Handed has been published in the November 2015 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, available now. And I am greatly honored to join the authors who have stories in this stellar edition of EQMM, including Carolyn Hart and Brendan DuBois who have both been generous enough to give the Read ‘Em and Eat series excellent blurbs.


Well Read, Then Dead, Agatha Award, Best First Novel

I am delighted to let you know that at this years’s Malice Domestic conference Well Read, Then Dead won the  Agatha Award for Best First Novel. The Agatha Banquet is always a joyful event and for me this year was especially grand. Here is a picture of Fan Guest of Honor Bill Starck presenting me with the coveted Agatha teapot.


The memory of the evening will last a lifetime and so will the gratitude I feel at knowing that so many readers love Well Read, Then Dead as much as I do.