Falling into new books…

Why "genre?," I asked my editor. Why not just ask me to pick five novels for the fall preview? I was all ready to launch into my usual "don't ghettoize us into different categories, we're all storytellers, etc." when he explained that when he assigned general fiction...

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What if they were stealing kids?

Stephen King is always fun to read. These days, he's also increasingly political – but that doesn't take away from the sheer thrill of his new The Institute. Read my review in the Boston Globe here.

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Five Questions with Denise Swanson

Denise Swanson has cozies covered! With four series, including the Stumble River (most recently, Die Me a River) and Chef-to-Go (look for Leave No Scone Unturned next March), she creates relatable heroines – small-town gals who have to set things right. No wonder...

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Five Questions with Susan Larson

It's probably odd for most of Susan Larson's fans to hear that she's written a mystery, though the subject – Mozart – would make sense to them. After all, Susan was an opera singer before she turned to fiction. But I edited Susan's writing before I ever heard her...

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On New England Authors, with Kameel Nasr

In addition to penning his own culturally conscious crime fiction, author Kameel Nasr hosts a cable interview show where he interviews New England authors. I'm honored to have been one of his recent guests. If you'd like to join us (and aren't on the Cambridge cable...

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Editing, editing, editing…

I'm in the thick of edits for An Incantation of Cats, mulling over a particularly troublesome passage. (In brief, my editor wants more info about a bit of magic, and I'm trying to figure out how to work it in without gumming up the dialogue.) And so... I've set up the...

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Five Questions with Barb Goffman

Sometimes I want my fiction short and ... not so sweet. That's when I turn to Barb Goffman, whose prize-winning short stories pack a punch in a neat little package. There's plenty of atmosphere. Tension, too, but nary a wasted word. You can find her stories in Ellery...

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Fear on Four (purple) Paws

Check out this cool – and very purple! – cover. It will grace the WorldWide edition mass market paperback of my Fear On Four Paws, available online only as of Dec. 1. I'll put up a link when it's available! And here's the full cover flat, including the back cover...

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Five Questions with Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron is not only a New York Times bestselling author, she's a loyal supporter of the New England crime fiction scene. That made me doubly bummed that I had to miss her local launch for the brand new Careful What You Wish For at our great local indie,...

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‘World Enough’ a MA Book Award ‘must read’

World Enough has been named a "must read" in the Massachusetts Book Awards, presented by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, for books published in 2017, joining such others notables as Alice Hoffman's The Rules of Magic and Claire Messud's The Burning Girl. Top...

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