Book Launch — Bigfork!

img003A new exhibit, Bigfork in Paint and Print, opens Thursday, August 1, at the Frame of Reference Gallery in Bigfork, with an opening reception from 5 to 8. I’ll be signing books as we enjoy paintings of this lovely village by Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey, Tom Lewis, Jeanette Rehahn, Louise Lamontagne, and other Montana painters. And of course, because it’s Frame of Reference, we’ll be nibbling great food from Chef Dan Solberg and sipping Prosecco. Join us!

And if you can’t join us, my booth at the Festival of the Arts will be right in front of the Gallery.

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A Mystery Update

I don’t talk much about my fiction here, but do want to give you an update. The first book in The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries now has a title: Death al Dente. 

When Erin Murphy returns to her Montana hometown from Seattle to manage the Glacier Mercantile — aka The Merc — a market specializing in local foods, she anticipates her biggest challenge will be finding early tomatoes and consistently yummy chocolates–and keeping a close eye on her mother, Fresca, whose pastas and sauces built the business. She never imagines she’ll find the Merc’s former manager dead in the alley behind the shop–on the opening night of Erin’s first big splash, the Festa di Pasta, an Italian food festival kicking off summer. Or that the suspicions of the deputy sheriff–once her best friend–will focus on Fresca. Erin must solve the crime to save her mother and the family business–and stay alive.

The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries are set in Jewel Bay, Montana, a lakeside resort community on the road to Glacier Park, and will debut from Berkley Prime Crime in August 2013.

My characters blog at KillerCharacters, a group blog “where cozy characters do the talking,” on the 27th of every month. Last month, Erin Murphy wrote in her journal about a summer visit home — and her longing to return. Today, her sister Chiara Murphy Phillips, an artist and gallery owner, emails Erin about the beauty of autumn in the Village–illustrated with a copy of her latest painting.