Welcome to my books page!
I’m the author of three nonfiction books and four mystery series. All are available in paper and e-book editions and often in audio versions as well.
The nonfiction books run the gamut of mental health, family, and feline issues. These are Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings (St. Martin’s Press, 1997), Fatherless Women: How We Change After We Lose Our Dads (Wiley, 2001), The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats (St. Martin’s, 2002).
The Theda Krakow mystery series features a freelance rock music critic and her cat. The books also address such animal issues as hoarding and puppy/kitten mills.
Books in order, by original Poisoned Pen Press publication date: Mew is for Murder (2005), Cattery Row (2006), Cries and Whiskers (2007), and Probable Claws (2009). Click on the covers below for excerpts and additional information.
The Dulcie Schwartz feline-filled mystery series features a graduate student doing her dissertation on the Gothic literature of the 1790s, with the help of the ghost of her late, great cat, Mr. Grey.
Books in order, by original Severn House publication date: Shades of Grey (2009), Grey Matters (2010), Grey Zone (2011), Grey Expectations (2012), True Grey (2012), Grey Dawn (2013), Grey Howl (2014), Stages of Grey (2014), Code Grey (2015), and Into the Grey (2016). Click on the covers below for excerpts and additional information.
The Pru Marlowe pet noir series features an animal behaviorist who can hear what animals are thinking, most notably her irascible tabby Wallis.
Books in order, by original Poisoned Pen Press publication date: Dogs Don’t Lie (2011), Cats Can’t Shoot (2012), Parrots Prove Deadly (2013), Panthers Play for Keeps (2014), Kittens Can Kill (2015), and When Bunnies Go Bad (2016). Click on the covers below for excerpts and additional information.
The Ninth Life series features Care, a homeless teen, and is narrated by Blackie, her feline companion. The Ninth Life was published by Severn House in Nov. 2015 (UK)/March 2016 (US). The second book, As Dark As My Fur, will be published in the US in April 2017.
World Enough, my gritty urban noir, is a departure from the above in that it is my first mystery with no cats. Toggling between the punk rock scene of ’80s Boston and the slick modern city of twenty years later, World Enough will be published by Severn House in October 2017 by Severn House.
I also have essays in the Cat Women: Female Writers on Their Feline Friends (Seal Press), For Keeps: Women Tell the Truth About Their Bodies, Growing Older, and Acceptance (Seal Press), and He Said What? (Seal Press) and short stories in various anthologies, including Deadfall: Crime Stories by New England Writers and Stone Cold: Best New England Crime Stories (Level Best Books) and Tales from the House Band volumes 1 and 2 (Plus One Press).