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I’m happy to say that my Cat Groomer Mystery series has been well received, with good reviews for The Persian Always Meows Twice (fall 2017) and The Bengal Identity (spring 2018). Plus, Persian received a Certificate of Excellence from The Cat Writers’ Association, Inc., this spring, and the David G. Sasher Award, for Best Mystery of 2017, at this summer’s Deadly Ink Mystery Conference. I’m grateful to all of the cat and mystery lovers who have responded so positively to the series.

Last August, I was busy moving my residence—from an old two-story house where I’d lived for 18 years to a one-story, somewhat newer condo—and couldn’t devote too much time to personal appearances. This year, though, I have quite a few lined up for fall 2018. Often, I’m teaming up with one or more fellow members of Sisters in Crime, especially those from the Central Jersey chapter. I’ll be showcasing not only my second Cat Groomer book, The Bengal Identity, but the third installment in the series, Feral Attraction. Though cozy mysteries tend toward the light side, I always try to include information on serious issues, such as the sometimes-irresponsible breeding of hybrid “wild” cats as domestic pets and the heated conflicts that can arise when a feral colony encroaches on a residential neighborhood. (After all, murderers have to get worked up about something!) All three books of course feature amateur sleuth Cassie McGlone, who runs a grooming and boarding business just for felines in the small, fictional town of Chadwick, N.J.

The Begnal Identity  Feral Attraction

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.

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

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

 

—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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