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Where I’ll be: Delighted to be doing a few online events with bookstores, libraries, and community groups this spring, talking mystery and celebrating the launch of BITTERROOT LAKE. (Click the link for the venue to check the calendar and get the ZOOM link, except where otherwise noted.)

3 pm Mtn, Wed, Feb 24, 2021
Montana Women of Mystery
Buffalo Hill Terrace, Kalispell
Zoom chat with authors Christine Carbo & Debbie Burke
Open to the public; Zoom link

7 pm Mtn, Monday, March 15
Mystery Hour live podcast
Listen live as Daryl Wood Gerber and I read our short stories!
Advance registration required

Tues, March 23
6:30 pm Mtn
Boulder (MT) Community Library
Talking mystery with some of my favorite readers

8 pm Mtn, Tues, March 30
Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland
Northwest authors Emmeline Duncan, Ellie Alexander, Angela Sanders, and I celebrate our new releases!

2 pm E, Thurs, April 15
Molly on Mysteries
Chatting with Mystery Maven Molly Weston
Go to (a network of the town of Cary NC, but as Molly says, “ANYONE FROM ANYWHERE is welcome.” Search programCode=009009 or “adult”  limit “Thursdays), then select “Molly on Mysteries.”)

11 am Mtn, Sat, April 17
Book Carnival Bookstore, Orange CA
Chatting mystery and celebrating our new releases with cozy author Emmeline Duncan

7 pm Mtn, Tues, April 20
North Lake County Library, Polson MT
Chatting mysteries old and new!

7 pm Pac / 8 pm Mtn, Sat, May 1, 2021
Third Place Books, Seattle
Chatting cozies and suspense with Emmeline Duncan

7 pm Mtn, Thurs May 6
N. Jefferson Co Library (Clancy, MT)
Chatting about mysteries!

7 pm P/8 pm Mtn, Thurs, May 13
Wenatchee (WA) Public Library
Virtual mystery panel with Emmeline, Ellie & Angie

Wed, June 9 (time TBD)
Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, MT
Author Showcase
Chatting with Montana authors about our new books

Writers, catch me on the Sisters in Crime YouTube channel, sharing a SINC-UP writing tip. SinC members can watch my archived webinar on Common Mistakes Writers Make About the Law, on the members-only section of the SinC website.

It’s such a treat to visit libraries, booksellers, and book clubs across the Treasure State. No town is too small—I learned quickly when my first mystery came out that the smaller the town, the bigger the welcome. And boy, can you people cook! From Whitefish to Superior, to Dillon and Billings—so much fun.

Let’s Zoom! Or visit via FaceTime! If you’d like me to visit your library or book club, or speak to your writers’ group or service club, drop me a line. The only drawback to online book club meetings? You have to bring your own snacks!

I hope to catch up with you somewhere soon!

Remember you can find me sharing recipes and talking food on Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen on the 1st, 3d, and 5th Tuesdays. Visit my blog for insights about the writing process, weekly quotes for writers and other creative folks, and tidbits about my books and other bookish stuff. And if you’re on Facebook, join me on my Author page for book talk, giveaways, recommendations, and more.

Where I’ve been: 

Spice Up Fall!—online library event
7 pm Mtn
Mon Nov 16
Bozeman Public Library
The mystery and cooking clubs meet together to cook up some serious fun!

Building Character—online workshop
7 pm E/5 pm Mtn
Thursday, November 12
Low Country chapter, Sisters in Crime

Bigfork Art & Cultural Center
3 pm, Sat, Oct 24
Book launch talk & signing
Socially-distanced fun in the heart of the Village!

Common Mistakes Writers Make About the Law
Sisters in Crime online webinar
7:00 pm E/5:00 pm Mountain, Tuesday, October 20, 2020
SinC members can access the recording from the SinC webinar archive.


2020: What a lovely way to end a difficult year, seeing The Solace of Bay Leaves on librarian, reviewer, and book goddess Lesa Holstine’s list of her Favorite Books of 2020. And what amazing company!

Whatever else we can say about 2020, it was a good year for reading. The Solace of Bay Leaves also made Kings River Life’s list of Favorite Books of 2020.

Mystery Writers of America is the country’s oldest organization devoted to serving mystery and crime writers, both fiction and nonfiction. I’m pleased to have been elected to a second two-year term, for 2021-22. I chair the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, whose purpose is to guide MWA’s efforts to seek and welcome writers from marginalized and under-represented communities into the organization, to advocate for equity and inclusion within the industry, and to support our members when related issues arise.

You love short stories, right? Watch for the Jan-Feb issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and my short story, “Coming Clean,” the third “Stagecoach Mary” Fields story, a followup to last year’s Derringer-nominated “Miss Starr’s Good-bye” and “All God’s Sparrows,” the winner of the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story.

And in September, Library Journal gave The Solace of Bay Leaves a starred review, calling it “a complex, well-developed mystery,” and saying “Readers attracted to unusual settings and mature, introspective amateur sleuths will appreciate this intricately plotted story depicting the impact of murder on the family and community.”