Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Summer Events!

Stop by and say hello!

American Library Association National Conference
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
Sisters in Crime Booth 1353
Saturday, June 22, 2019
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Public Library of New London, CT
New England Mysteries: Inspiration. Characters. Settings
Panel discussion, Q&A, and book signing Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

A panel of three Sisters in Crime mystery-suspense-thriller authors, Penny Goetjen, Kathryn Orzech and Shari Randall, discuss writing mysteries imagined from the darkest corners of our backyard. Sisters in Crime has 50+ chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada with a mission to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers. 

The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by Q&A and book sales and signing by the authors.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Historic Night at the Agatha Awards - A Tie!

I'm thrilled to share the news that Curses, Boiled Again was the winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel - and tied with Dianne Freeman's A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder at the Malice Domestic Conference last weekend. Dianne's a friend, so I think it's extra special to share the honor with her.

What a night!

The Agatha Award is presented annually at the Malice Domestic Conference in Bethesda, Maryland. The award celebrates the traditional mystery, books written in the style of the great Agatha Christie. Agatha voters decide the honors given to best children's mystery, best historical, best nonfiction, best contemporary novel, best first novel, and best short story. Here's a link to all the awards.

Here are a couple of pictures from the event.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Events for Spring 2019

Stop by and say hello!

Signing at Burgundy Books, Old Saybrook, CT, Saturday, May 25, 1:30 pm

Mystery Writers Panel with Liz Mugavero, Lucy Burdette, and Shari Randall interviewed by the Mystery Man, John Valeri
Otis Library, Norwich, CT, Saturday, June 8, 1 pm.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


Look for the whale!

I'll be at my favorite bookstore, Bank Square Books, in Mystic, CT on Saturday, March 2, from 1-3 p.m., to sign the latest Lobster Shack Mystery, Drawn and Buttered! The shop is at 53 West Main Street, Mystic, CT. Hope to see you there. I'll bring the chocolate!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Three Friends - Three Book Birthdays!

On Tuesday, February 26, Drawn and Buttered, Book Three of the Lobster Shack Mystery series will be published. I'm celebrating with author pals Libby Klein and Tina Kashian who both have books coming out on that same day. Please stop by the Facebook Party! Cooking Up Crime starts at 8 p.m. EST - we'll have lots of fun, games, recipes, and giveaways!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Curses, Boiled Again Nominated for an Agatha Award!

I learned the true meaning of the word "gobsmacked" when I received a call telling me I'd been nominated for an Agatha award in the Best First Novel category. The Agatha Award recognizes traditional mysteries, best exemplified by the namesake of the award, Agatha Christie.

I'd been watching the live TV broadcast of RENT and let the call go to voicemail. When I realized it was a call from Bethesda, Maryland, home of the Malice Domestic Conference I hurried to call back. And got the news.

I'm over the moon! Thank you to everyone who has read, reviewed, and shared CURSES. Your support means the world to me.

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Announcing the 2018
Agatha Award Nominees

Best Contemporary Novel
Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
Beyond the Truth by Bruce Robert Coffin (Witness Impulse)
Cry Wolf by Annette Dashofy (Henery Press)
Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

Best Historical Novel  
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
The Gold Pawn by LA Chandlar (Kensington)
The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)
Turning the Tide by Edith Maxwell (Midnight Ink)
Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson (Berkley)

Best First Novel
A Ladies Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman (Kensington)
Little Comfort by Edwin Hill (Kensington)
What Doesn't Kill You by Aimee Hix (Midnight Ink)
Deadly Solution by Keenan Powell (Level Best Books)
Curses Boiled Again by Shari Randall (St. Martin's)

Best Short Story
"All God's Sparrows" by Leslie Budewitz (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
"A Postcard for the Dead" by Susanna Calkins in Florida Happens (Three Rooms Press)
"Bug Appetit" by Barb Goffman (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
"The Case of the Vanishing Professor" by Tara Laskowski (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
"English 398: Fiction Workshop" by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

Best Young Adult Mystery
Potion Problems (Just Add Magic) by Cindy Callaghan (Aladdin)
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson (Henry Holt)
A Side of Sabotage by C.M. Surrisi (Carolrhoda Books)

Best Nonfiction
Mastering Plot Twists by Jane Cleland (Writer's Digest Books)
Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J Cohen (Orange Grove Press)
Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox (Random House)
Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson (Pegasus Books)
Wicked Women of Ohio by Jane Ann Turzillo (History Press)

The Agatha Awards will be presented on May 4, 2019
during Malice Domestic 31.   
Congratulations to all of the nominees!