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We enter Fall of 2019 with three Cat Groomer Mysteries in print and a fourth due at the very end of the year. Meanwhile, The Persian Always Meows Twice, The Bengal Identity and Feral Attraction all have received Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers Association and garnered good reviews.

I most appreciate the readers who say they’ve learned surprising and useful information about animal behavior, care, and potential abuse from my books. Mostly these tidbits relate to cats, but sometimes also to dogs and other pets. I don’t usually go into a book with all of this knowledge already at my fingertips, but in researching plots I’ve come across insights about feral cat communities, human foods or medicines that can poison pets, and unscrupulous practices in breeding and selling animals. I mention these to reveal the motives and the values (or lack of them) of certain characters, but also to spread awareness among fellow animal lovers who may be as clueless as I was!

In 2019, I also connected with a publisher who has made my two Quinn Matthews Haunting Mysteries available again for purchase. Crossroad Press specializes in reviving books that have gone out of print for various reasons (in my case, the original publisher closed up shop). Luckily, I kept my rights to both the stories and the cover art, so once again you can purchase Dark Music and Hex, Death & Rock ‘n’ Roll pretty much the way they first appeared in 2013. Both are currently out in Kindle; DM also is available as a trade paperback, and Hex will be, too, in the near future. You can find more information and buy links in the “Book Archive” section of this website.

I expect to have a busy fall, as usual, in terms of book events. Some will take place close to home, such as the annual Jamesburg Street Fair—I help staff the vendor space for Sisters in Crime Central Jersey, which meets in that New Jersey town. The farthest I’ll travel will be Dallas, TX, for Bouchercon—that should be a hoot an’ a holler! The conference will run through Halloween, so who knows what Texas-sized chills may lie in store for us?

And on New Year’s Eve, Gone, Kitty, Gone makes it debut. Cassie steps out of her comfort zone to help a celebrity with local roots, whose beloved pet has been cat-napped. Rubbing elbows with the rich and famous turns out to be more hazardous than she ever could have imagined!

The Begnal Identity  Feral Attraction  Gone Kitty Gone

I do focus more on endangered humans in my fourth book, Gone, Kitty, Gone, due out in fall 2019. When pop star Jaki Natal makes a charitable appearance at a huge cat expo near Chadwick, someone manages to steal her cherished feline companion, Gordie. The police seem far more concerned about a security guard who was found dead at the same hotel, so Jaki recruits Cassie, as a local cat expert, to help search for Gordie. The young star and her handlers fear the cat-napper could want more than just a famous pet or even ransom money. An obsessed admirer who has been hounding Jaki—wanting to meet her in person, alone—may plan to hold her pet hostage until she complies. If this stalker ruthlessly killed the guard, the same fate could loom for Gordie and also for any humans who try to keep Jaki safe. Including Cassie!

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The Persian Always Meows TwiceThe Persian Always Meows Twice won the David G. Sasher Award for Best Mystery of 2017
at this year’s Deadly Ink Conference


Appearances

—2019-

March 30-31Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference, Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, N.J. Giving Reader’s Track presentation on sub-genres of mystery, “Pick Your Poison,” and selling and signing Cat Groomer mysteries at Book Fair.

May 3-5Malice Domestic, Bethesda North Marriot Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, Md.

July 20-21—Garden State Cat Show, Garden State Expo Center, Edison, N.J. https://www.gardenstatecatexpo.com/

Aug. 2-4Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, Sheraton Parsippany Hotel, Pasippany, N.J.

Sept. 7—Mystery panel with other members of Sisters in Crime Central Jersey at the Stone Harbor Library, Stone Harbor, N.J. https://events.cmclibrary.org/event/1794648

Oct. 19—Staffing Sisters in Crime Central Jersey table at the Jamesburg Street Fair, Jamesburg, N.J. https://sistersincrimenj.org/

Oct. 23—Author Expo noon-4 p.m. at Monroe Township Public Library, Monroe, N.J. http://www.monroetwplibrary.org/news/

Oct. 26—Mystery Authors Event, Barnes & Noble, Edison, N.J. https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2162?page=1&size=10&month=Month&day=Day&type=all

Oct. 31-Nov. 3Bouchercon 2019, Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, Tex.

Nov. 1-3—Bouchercon Mystery Conference, Dallas, Tex. https://www.bouchercon2019.com/

Nov. 16—Holiday Vendor Show, Monroe Township High School, Monroe, N.J. https://www.monroe.k12.nj.us/Domain/113

 

—2018—

April 26-29, 2018—Malice Domestic, Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, Rockville, MD (http://malicedomestic.org)

August 10-12, 2018—Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ (https://deadly-ink.com)

Cozy Mystery Panel, Deadly Ink 2018 - David G. Sasher Award, Best Mystery of 2017

October 13, 2018—Mystery Author Event with a panel of 10 authors at Barnes & Noble, Menlo Park Mall, Edison, 4-8 p.m. https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2162

October 20, 2018—Selling and signing books with members of Sisters in Crime Central Jersey during Jamesburg Fall Festival, noon-5 p.m., downtown Jamesburg, NJ.

November 10, 2018—Selling and signing books with fellow SinCCJ members/authors Jo-Ann Reccoppa, Roberta Rogow and Christine Stratos, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Monroe Township Library, Monroe, NJ. http://www.monroetwplibrary.org/popup-shops/

November 17, 2018—Selling and signing books at Monroe Township High School Vendor/Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monroe Township High school, Monroe, NJ. https://www.facebook.com/mthscraftfair2017/

Pop-Up Shop at the Monroe Township Library with fellow author members of Sisters in Crime Central Jersey

(Pop-UpShop Library)—Taking part in a Pop-Up Shop at the Monroe Township Library with fellow author members of Sisters in Crime Central Jersey. Standing, left to right—Nicki Montaperto, Daria Ludas, Roberta Rogow and Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa.

 

Along with several Sisters in Crime members and other local writers, I (far right, rear) was invited to participate in a pre-Halloween signing for Mystery Authors at Barnes & Noble in Edison, NJ

Along with several Sisters in Crime members and other local writers, I (far right, rear) was invited to participate in a pre-Halloween signing for Mystery Authors at Barnes & Noble in Edison, NJ

 

Brought a Halloween mascot along to the signing at Barnes & Noble, Edison. He looks cute, but yowls and shrieks when he’s squeezed!

Brought a Halloween mascot along to the signing at Barnes & Noble, Edison. He looks cute, but yowls and shrieks when he’s squeezed!


 

 

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