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I love mysteries. I love writing them. I love creating whacky and interesting characters. And I love creating the puzzle and the path of clues readers must follow to solve the mystery. After 35+ years in the nonprofit world, I have given myself up to killing people for fun and profit (on paper that is). Go below to see what I also care about most. Thanks for visiting. And I hope you love my books as much as I love writing them.

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My two dogs, Mango and Gracie, were the inspiration for Mickey and Minnie in the Old Maids of Mercer Island mysteries and also for the name of my freelance writing company. 

 About The Dogs in My Novels


It would be an understatement to say that I love dogs. When I began writing, I decided to include a dog as a main character in my novels as often as possible. So far, I have a German Shepherd named Soldier who saves the day in 'Grave Doubts,' a Basset hound named Grosvenor who is good at finding dead bodies in the Giorgio Salvatori mysteries, and two miniature dachshunds in the 'Old Maids of Mercer Island' mysteries who, well, are dachshunds. 

The dogs in my books are true to life. Sometimes frustrating. Sometimes noisy. Sometimes quirky. Sometimes heroic. But always lovable. I believe my 'dog characters' provide not only a human quality to my stories (yes, I said that), but an added richness and depth. I hope you agree.


About the Social Issues


After spending 35+ years in the nonprofit world, it's second nature for me to consider exploring how to solve social problems. When I wrote the first book in the Old Maids of Mercer Island mysteries, I decided to use sex exploitation and black market adoption as the crimes someone might kill for. At the back of the book, I included a section on how people could get involved to end this scourge. When fans reacted positively, I decided to do it again and again, exploring mental health, child abuse, and bullying. In The Essence of Murder, I come down hard on the cruelty of dogfighting. The sixth book of the Old Maids series is framed around homelessness. I believe wholeheartedly in the strength of the community to come together to make a difference. I hope you will appreciate this aspect of my writing and explore how you might support a cause you believe in.

Yes, I have a team. I couldn't do what I do without my beverage of choice, my dogs, my best friend, and my daughter.

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