Back in the day Squeezer Markham was a bully in high school and John Bongorelli was one of his favorite targets. But time goes by and now Squeezer is the one being squeezed. Will Bongo help him out of a murderous jam?

I am delighted that my short story “Squeezer and Bongo” is on the cover of the June  2019 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine. If you get a chance to read it, I would love to hear what you think.


“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.

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.