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Where I’ll be: Delighted 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.)

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

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!

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!)

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:

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

Wednesday 7/14, 5:00 pm
Missoula Public Library Grand Opening
Cooking up crime — and snacks — in the new demonstration kitchen!

Wednesday, July 7, 7-8:30 pm Pac 8-9:30 Mtn
Mystery Writers of America Northwest Chapter
Author Readings — online
MWA published authors read from their new work!

Wed, June 9, 6:00 pm Mtn
Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, MT
Author Showcase — watch it here! (I’m first, about 15 minutes, but the other authors are fun, too!)
Chatting with Montana authors about our new books

Saturday, June 5, noon Pac/1:00 Mtn
Sisters in Crime NorCal Chapter
Building Character – a workshop for fiction writers
Open to all SinC members

Thursday, May 13, 7 pm P/8 pm Mtn
Wenatchee (WA) Public Library
NW Cozy Mystery Writers — Emmeline, Ellie, Angie, Alexis & me!

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 17 – 1:00-2:00 pm
Bigfork Art & Cultural Center
“Meet the Author”
A safe & socially-distance drop-in signing (no reading)

Saturday, April 10 – all day
Mystery Writers of America Northwest Chapter Spring Conference
“Connecting with our readers by connecting with our characters”

Tuesday, April 13, 9:00 am
On the Air with the KGEZ Good Morning Show
KGEZ AM 600 FM 96.5 listen live/on-demand
Research for fiction? You mean you don’t just make everything up?

Thursday, April 15, noon Mtn/2 pm E
Molly on Mysteries
Chatting with Mystery Maven Molly Weston

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

Sunday, March 28 12 Mtn/2 E
Beachbum Bookworm YouTube Interview
Chatting mystery and more with Tiffany Krieg — live interview will be available for replay 

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

Sunday, March 21, 1:00 Mtn/3:00 Eastern
Sisters in Crime, Atlanta
“Off the Shelf” – a conversation with readers

Monday, March 15. 7 pm Mtn
Mystery Hour on Authors Live! Online
Listen live as Daryl Wood Gerber and I read our short stories!
Watch the recording on my Facebook page! 

Wed, Feb 24, 2021
Montana Women of Mystery
Buffalo Hill Terrace, Kalispell
Zoom chat with authors Christine Carbo & Debbie Burke

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

Common Mistakes Writers Make About the Law
Sisters in Crime online webinar
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.”