Reviewing Law & Order: SVU “Legitimate Rape”


The brilliant and insightful Allison Leotta had the brilliance and insight to invite me to fill in for her this week on her blog, reviewing the latest episode of Law & Order: SVU, provocatively titled “Legitimate Rape.” Click on over to Allison’s blog, the Prime-Time Crime review — and tell me in the comments there what you thought of the episode.


It’s a cover! Death al Dente in full color!

Thrilled to share the cover of my first mystery, Death al Dente, first in The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, coming from Berkley Prime Crime this August.

“The town of Jewel Bay, Montana—known as a Food Lovers’ Village—is obsessed with homegrown and homemade Montana fare. So when Erin Murphy takes over her family’s century-old general store, she turns it into a boutique market filled with local delicacies. But Erin’s freshly booming business might go rotten when a former employee turns up dead…

Murphy’s Mercantile, known as the Merc, has been a staple in Jewel Bay for over a hundred years. To celebrate their recent makeover as a gourmet food market, Erin has organized a town festival, a Festa di Pasta, featuring the culinary goods of Jewel Bay’s finest—including her mother Fresca’s delicious Italian specialties.

But Erin’s sweet success is soured when the shop’s former manager, Claudette, is found dead behind the Merc on the Festa’s opening night. With rival chef James Angelo stirring up trouble and rumors swirling that Fresca’s sauce recipes were stolen from Claudette, Erin’s mother is under close scrutiny. Now Erin will have to hunt down some new suspects, or both her family and her store might wind up in hot water…”