Tuesday, December 16, 2014

All the President's Menus!

I'm thrilled to announce that the 8th White House Chef Mystery, All the President's Menus, comes out January 6, 2015!

It’s an old adage that too many cooks spoil the broth. But when a tour of the White House kitchen by a group of foreign chefs ends in murder, it’s Olivia Paras who finds herself in the soup… 

Due to a government sequester, entertaining at the White House has been severely curtailed. So executive chef Olivia Paras is delighted to hear that plans are still on to welcome a presidential candidate from the country of Saardisca—the first woman to run for office—and four of that nation’s top chefs.

But while leading the chefs on a kitchen tour, pastry chef Marcel passes out suddenly—and later claims he was drugged. When one of the visiting chefs collapses and dies, it’s clear someone has infiltrated the White House with ill intent. Could it be an anti-Saardiscan zealot? Is the candidate a target? Are the foreign chefs keeping more than their recipes a secret? Once again, Olivia must make sleuthing the special of the day…

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I hope you're as excited to read Ollie's latest adventure as I was writing it! Sorry this note is so brief, but I'm deep into writing White House Chef #9. No title yet, but stay tuned! I'll let you know when it's official.

As always, your local independent bookstore will be able to pre-order All the President's Menus, but for your convenience, here are some options:

Murder by the Book (Houston)

Aunt Agatha's (Michigan)

Barnes & Noble (a reliable and great friend to cozy mysteries)


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Grace Against the Clock

GRACE AGAINST THE CLOCK comes out July 1st!



Mark your calendar! The fifth in my Manor House Mystery series (it picks up shortly after GRACE TAKES OFF ended) hits bookstores Tuesday! 

Here's a hint of what's happening for Grace and Bennett at Marshfield:

When Marshfield Manor hosts a charity event, Grace Wheaton, the mansion’s curator and manager, is happy to lend a helping hand—until a killer makes an unwanted donation….

With the town clock in desperate need of repair, local lawyer Joyce Swedburg and her ex-husband, Dr. Leland Keay, are trying to put their differences aside to organize a benefit at Marshfield Manor to raise money to restore the beautiful timepiece. While Grace appreciates the opportunity to support such a good cause, the tension between the unhappy exes is giving her the urge to put both of the organizers in time out.

But after Leland collapses on stage during the festivities, poisoned, Grace suspects there was more going on behind the scenes. Now, she’s in a race to catch a ticked off murderer, and, if she’s going to prevent anyone else from getting hurt, every second will count…...

I hope you'll consider picking up a copy next Tuesday. Remember that your local independent bookseller appreciates your business and can order titles for you if they don't have them in stock. Your local Barnes & Noble is also a fabulous choice. They're particularly supportive of cozy mysteries and have been our loyal friend for years. Yay, BN!!

Wednesday, May 07, 2014



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In it you'll find news about Grace, about Ollie. Grace Against the Clock comes out July 1st!

I also share news about a fabulous anthology I'm fortunate to be part of - Fiction River: Crime. It's an amazing collection of crime fiction, chock full of stories from writers such as Doug Allyn, Annie Reed, Libby Hellmann, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

My story's title is "These Boots Were Made for Murder." I hope you'll take a look.

Also: Nancy Parra is a friend of mine and I'm featuring the first in the new Perfect Proposals series in my newsletter. Take a look at Engaged in Murder (coming in June).

Also - Printers Row in Chicago is June 7th and 8th this year. I plan to be at the Mystery Writers of America tent for most of the weekend. Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014


As of today my White House Chef mysteries are out in audio!

Olivia Paras (Ollie) and the gang are very excited to announce that Audible has brought their adventures to life.  Well, the first six books in the series, that is.

Here are some helpful links to get you started:







I'm so excited. It's been a long time coming, but they're finally here.

Oh, and don't forget that GRACE UNDER PRESSURE (first in the Manor House Mystery series) is out in audio, too. Emily Durante reading.

Hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Have you read either of these books?
(Click the pictures to go to the Amazon site, for descriptions, ratings, etc.)

I'm eager to start a new book - one that will pull me in immediately. I've downloaded the samples and they seem promising, but I'd like to hear from my readers - because I like the way you think!

And, if you have another option you'd like to suggest, I'd love to hear it!


Monday, January 06, 2014

Home of the Braised - Out tomorrow!!

My seventh White House Chef mystery, HOME OF THE BRAISED, comes out tomorrow!!
(Can you hear me cheering? I'm pumped!) And what a great cover, isn't it?

Here's the synopsis:

With the pressure of an upcoming state dinner that could make or break the president’s foreign policy, White House executive chef Olivia Paras has precious little time to focus on her wedding plans—or to catch a murderer…

Tensions are running high as the White House staff adjusts to a new chief usher and prepares for a high-stakes state dinner, where everything must be perfect. But as the date for the event approaches, things go disastrously wrong when the secretary of defense is found dead in his home, seemingly killed during a break-in.

At the same time Olivia’s fiancĂ©, Gav, is looking into the mysterious murder of an old friend. Is there a connection? Despite an increase in security following the secretary’s death, Ollie learns the president is in imminent danger at the dinner and must do everything in her power to get to him—before it’s too late…

I hope you'll consider picking up a copy today - I can't wait to hear what you think of Ollie's newest adventure!