Sunday, November 17, 2019

She's Here! The Queen of Christmas

Hello, readers! I've cooked up a special surprise for you - a holiday short story.

Ever since I published Curses, Boiled Again, the first book in the Lobster Shack Mystery series, I've had readers asking for a Christmas story. The more I thought of it, the more I wanted to wrap up Allie  in a holiday mystery. So in the story, she and Aunt Gully volunteer at a Festival of Trees fundraiser hosted by the formidable Dagmar Smith, the self proclaimed Queen of Christmas. When Dagmar's diamond necklace is stolen, Allie must unravel a blizzard of clues to uncover the thief.


This is such a busy time of the year. Reading time is short. So I've written this special short story the perfect length for a cold winter's evening with a nice warm drink. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.

I hope you enjoy the "Queen of Christmas." Be sure to leave a review and let me know if you liked it.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Boston Book Festival 2019


I'll be at the Sisters in Crime booth (Booth 57 across from the BPL) at the Boston Book Festival on Saturday, October 19, at 2 pm. Stop by and say hello!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Research: The Procrastinating Author's Favorite Activity

Research in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut

Last weekend the hubby and I took a real old-fashioned country drive, and in the best tradition of country drives we stumbled upon some unexpected gems. My goal was legendary We-Li-Kit Ice Cream in Abingdon, CT which, believe me, did not disappoint.

But as we drove quiet country lanes through elegant Pomfret and into Woodstock, we saw this:






Roseland Cottage.
The garden!
The house!
The pinkness!

We didn't have time to tour the house, but we'll be back for sure. I think this house may end up in a book....

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
Signing:
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.















Bank Square Books - Mystery/Thriller Panel
Wednesday, August 7, 6:30 PM 
With Cate Holahan, Liv Constantine, Wendy Walker, Shari Randall


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.