More signed books!

Signed copies of WORLD ENOUGH are back in stock at New York's great Mysterious Bookshop. (Click this link to...

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“Simon knows what she’s writing about…” Thank you!

"Once a reporter, always a reporter. Simon knows what’s she writing about." So says book blogger Nancy Pate in her latest blog, "Past Crimes," which rounds up books that look back in time. The longtime book critic for the Orlando Sun Sentinel, starts off with P.D....

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Books make great gifts!

Happy Black Friday! The gift-giving season begins! Chanukah starts this year on Dec. 12 and Christmas is barely a month away. You knew that, right? And if you celebrate the Icelandic holiday of  jólabókaflóð, or the giving of books as gifts on Christmas Eve, well,...

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Yes, more cat mysteries are in the works

Feline left out? Please don't let your fur get all ruffled. Although my upcoming World Enough (Severn House) is a rock 'n' roll noir, I've got several cat mysteries in the works, ranging from cozy to claws out. First up, the feline sleuth Blackie will return in Cross...

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Gratitude

This year, I have so much to be grateful for. My beloved Jon and I continue healthy, Some of our friends and family are dealing with health issues, but right now, everyone seems to be coping and we are all here to share and to help. I have work I love doing, and I...

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Memories tried and not so true…

Here's the full essay that ran last month in the wonderful Crimespree blog.How reliable is memory?According to neuroscientists, not very. While we may view any particular memory as a continuous film of a past scene, those who study how the brain processes describe it...

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Going dark…

You should write romantic suspense. That was how it started. A possibly offhand comment by my publisher over drinks at Crimefest that sent me off into a tizzy. After 22 mysteries ranging from cozy to paranormal, I was being directed to change things up. I’d written...

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Chatting with Julie Kramer of RadioBDC

Back in the day, Julie spun vinyl on WFNX. These days, all the music is digital, and the radio station is too. 'FNX is long gone, but RadioBDC lives on – and Julie had me on her lunch-hour show to chat about the days of the Rat and the Channel, Boston's great live...

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Of memory and music…

When I visit bookstores, I want to do more than just read. I want to give a little context. Introduce some of the themes of World Enough, and explain that, no, I’m not just writing up all the dirt I couldn’t … back in the day. This is more or less what I’ve been...

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