Just released! New cozy mystery series!

Lake Effect Murder book coverWhen you move to a new town people don’t know you yet, the slang and favorite restaurants are different, and you feel very much a stranger. But if you are patient, you come to love the unique pleasures the new town has to offer.

As an author, beginning a new series is like that. For example, Rán Hollander, like Peg Quincy, comes from law enforcement. She’s at the end of her law enforcement career, whereas Peg is at the beginning of hers.

They both live in rural towns that have fascinating histories and lively present-day cultures. However, Peg is a loner, and Rán comes from a pretty weird family that often looks to her for rescue. Peg is a dog person; Rán is owned by a large, persnickety cat.

But I have the feeling that if they met face to face, they’d recognize they’re kindred spirits. They might even grow to like each other. Maybe.

Here it is. My new baby, Lake Effect Murder. I hope YOU like it!

Cover Reveal — New Series!

I’m excited to reveal this cover and to announce the start of a new cozy mystery series!

Rán Hollander, recently retired homicide detective, returns to her hometown on the shores of Lake Michigan to investigate the suspicious death of her father.

She goes undercover at the local constable’s office. With the aid of her ditzy artist sister, one enormous calico cat, and a mysterious stranger living at her grandmother’s Victorian mansion, she works to solve the mystery. She must find the killer before they strike again!

Anticipating a release date in mid-summer.


A Trio of Thanksgiving Reads

It’s fun to celebrate this great time of year!

And as a special thanks to the readers who follow the Peg Quincy mystery series, all three of these mysteries will be FREE over the Thanksgiving weekend in Kindle ebook format.


Death in Copper Town: This mystery introduces the series. Peg Quincy comes to town and is immediately embroiled in a fight with her safe-cracking grandfather, the town council, and her boss, the sheriff. And then a dead body shows up…

Peril in Silver Nightshade: Both Peg Quincy and her friend Rory Stevens get in hot water when they fall for people who are suspected of murder. And then they hide their romances from each other. It all twists together to create a dynamite mystery!

Fire in Broken WaterIf you love horses, this is the mystery for you. Peg Quincy is called to a horse ranch to investigate a mysterious fire. It turns tragic and Peg’s partner, Shepherd Malone, disappears at the very moment when she needs him most.


A good mystery is a great way to brave the food coma after the Feast. 🙂

And do pass along the good news about these free mysteries to friends and family!

All the best for a warm holiday season. We have much to be thankful for.

Who is your favorite child?

When I was little, my mother was careful to treat all of us kids equally. She’d even count out the red jelly beans in our Easter baskets, so everyone got exactly the same number.

We’d ask her, “Who is your favorite child?” To which she’d reply, “I love you all the same.”

But we had our suspicions!


Blood in Tavasci MarshYou won’t catch me counting out red jelly beans, and if you asked, officially I’d say my favorite book is the one I’ve just finished–or the one lurking in a desk drawer unpublished–or maybe the one yet to be written.

But if you pushed me really hard, I might admit I have a special spot in my heart for this one, BLOOD IN TAVASCI MARSH. It has all the things I like in a mystery: puppies, moonshine, and a really sneaky family matriarch.

And now on special through Amazon, FREE eBook from 5/5 through 5/9/21, or, if you are a Kindle Unlimited fan, free all the time. 🙂 

AND FINALLY, I belong to a group of dedicated cozy mystery authors, and this month we are offering another special deal to Kindle Unlimited members. 

Click here to view a collection of fun cozy mysteries, all free through Kindle Unlimited for the next four days!



A new Pegasus Quincy short story available!



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Peg Quincy’s mother is an east Tennessee witch, with a talent for inventive mayhem when she is thwarted. When Peg leaves for Arizona and her new job as a rookie sheriff’s deputy, she discovers major roadblocks ahead, not to mention a gremlin or two.

The back route from Bumblebee Creek to Prescott does exist, and it is just as rugged as described. The Arizona desert in the summertime? Be prepared!


What the readers say about the PQ Mystery Series:

“The atmosphere and settings are artfully portrayed, and the main character, Deputy Pegasus Quincy, is unforgettable.”

“A fast read with engaging characters in a historic setting. Copper Town is my kind of place. Peg reminds me of Stephanie Plum, independent and cheeky.”

“The humor is wry, the mystery interesting, the twists clever.”

“Every now and then I find a character I want to follow around on the adventures life throws her way. Rookie Deputy Peg Quincy is one of them.”

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March 2021 Newsletter is here!




The March 2021 Newsletter has been sent!

picture of sleeping cat


The newsletter contains some great cat pictures (see Foxy, left), an important insight from author Karen Dionne, a super-easy recipe for spicy ground beef, a book recommendation for crafty DIY-ers, and more!

Don’t miss it.

IF you are already a newsletter subscriber and haven’t gotten it, check your spam or promotions files. Outlook and Gmail are funny that way. Really, I’m one of the good guys! Tell your provider to add me to your “safe senders” list. 🙂

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January Newsletter Available!




This year I will be sending out a regular monthly newsletter about the middle of the month, and I’ll post a note here when it is available.

In this January newsletter:

  • I give you a preview of what I’ll be working on in 2021,
  • Introduce my cat-critic Leaf, and
  • Share Ruby Mae Nettle’s (of BLOOD IN TAVASCI MARSH fame) favorite recipe for beaten biscuits.

Don’t miss it!

IF you are already a newsletter subscriber and haven’t gotten it, check your spam or promotions files. Outlook and Gmail are funny that way. Really, I’m one of the good guys! Tell your provider to add me to your “safe senders” list. 🙂

If you are NOT a subscriber, but would like to try the monthly newsletter, you can sign up below, or on the newsletter tab on this website.

Best wishes for a happy and satisfying 2021!!

Change to create balance

Have you ever watched a little kid learning to ride a bike, trying to keep the machine upright as they peddle carefully up the hill? They’ll tilt one way, then the other, making small adjustments to maintain their balance.

We are all like that little kid at times. Our lives, especially during this last year, have required digging deep inside, making changes in order to create the balance needed to move forward.

Where am I going with this?

I’m a writer. I communicate with my readers through my books and also through the back-and-forth of social media. For many years I’ve been a blogger, and this year I’m adding something new. I’ll be writing a monthly newsletter in which I’ll share what it is like to create mysteries in this post-pandemic world that we will be entering very, very soon.

The newsletter, starting the middle of January, will include behind-the-scenes peeks at my work in progress, quotations that keep me inspired, and book recommendations.

Newsletter subscribers will receive, free, a new Peg Quincy short story that will be released soon, and also info about a new cozy mystery series I’m designing. Just for the fun of it, from time to time I’ll add pictures of my two cats and recipes to amuse and entertain you. 

Please join me! Together we can create a dialogue on what creativity means to all of us.

You can sign up by visiting the newsletter page on my website or by clicking the button below. 

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Stay well, and I’ll talk to you again soon.

A new Peg Quincy holiday short story!

It is always fun to be writing this time of year. It’s almost Christmas!

This season I dived behind the scenes to give you some backstory on Shepherd Malone and how he got the curmudgeon face he sometimes shows to the world.

Shepherd, Peg’s old partner, is retired and feeling a little sorry for himself. He’s spending Christmas alone since his daughter Sheryl is with her mother. And it’s snowing. And the blinking light on his window decorations is driving him crazy.

Besides that, Shepherd is planning on the purchase of a very expensive German Shepherd puppy.

What could possibly go wrong?

Join me as we follow Shepherd through three days of confusion and misdirection in this heart-warming story of the holiday season.

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Fireworks Friday

A week from today, on Friday, May 8th, the sixth book of the Pegasus Quincy mystery series, Malice in Tarnished Spaces, will be released.

And it’s on pre-order status at Amazon, right now. A cause for celebration!

I’ll be sharing more about how this book was created later in the week.


And, what I wanted to share with you right now is that in honor of the new book launch, ALL of the current Pegasus Quincy mysteries are on sale or FREE starting Friday, May first!

Death in Copper Town and Silence in West Fork are both free.

The middle three books: Blood on Tavasci Marsh, Fire in Broken Water, and Peril in Silver Nightshade are on Amazon countdown specials, starting Friday, May 1st for only 99 cents each.

Come celebrate with me as the next Pegasus Quincy mystery enters this brave new world of ours!