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Where I’ll be:  I am always delighted to talk mystery in person or in online events with book clubs, bookstores, libraries, and community groups. Right now, nothing is scheduled until next year, but if you’d like to schedule an event or a visit, drop me a line.

Meanwhile, catch me on the Sisters in Crime podcast, available free to members and nonmembers, a conversation with SInC Executive Director Julie Hennrikus about the writing journey, lessons learned, publishing journeys, and the importance of community.

And later this week, starting November 18, my conversation with author and literary agent Sarah Nicolas will be available free at Queries, Qualms & Quirks, a podcast about the writing journey. to be doing online events with bookstores, libraries, and community groups this spring, talking mystery and celebrating the launch of BITTERROOT LAKE. (Click the link for the ZOOM link; advance registration may be required. Once the event is over, if there’s a recording, I’ll change the link.)

And you can still 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:

Tues, Oct 19, 7pm Mtn
Rediscovered Books, Boise via Zoom
Join me and authors Ellie Alexander and Emmeline Duncan for a chat about NW cozies and more! (And remember, you can order our books directly from our host store!)

Sun, Sept 5, 12:30 pm
Montana Mystery Authors at Lake Baked, Bigfork
Join me and authors Christine Carbo, Debbie Burke, and Mark Leichliter as we talk mystery — and enjoy coffee and a treat or a glass of wine overlooking the Swan River!

Sat-Sun, Aug 7-8
Bigfork Festival of the Arts
“Jewel Bay” throws its annual arts bash – find me on Electric Avenue!

Thurs-Sat, July 15-17
More Than Malice Book Festival — online
“Read What You Like – Subgenres in Crime Fiction”
A panel conversation with a fabulous line-up


2021:  Delighted to be part of this Bigfork Eagle photo essay illustrating the annual Bigfork Festival of the Arts the first weekend in August — and so glad the photographer came on Saturday, since Sunday was rained out!

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.”