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  jólabókaflóðor the giving of books as gifts on Christmas Eve, well, that’s coming too. (Kwanzaa kicks off on Dec. 26, but that can sneak up on you too!)

To help you in your holiday shopping, I’m taking part in a few fun, collaborative events. To start with, on Dec. 4 (a week from Monday), I’ll be joining music scribe Brett Milano for a conversation on “Writing About Music” at Brookline Booksmith. How do we do it? Do we dare to share the real backstage secrets? Brett is the author of several grand music books, including the iconic Sound of Our Town and Don’t All Thank Me At Once, the ultimate biography of Game Theory genius Scott Miller. Thanks to Brett’s extensive library, the night will start off with some local tunes, all at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, I’ll be one of more than 50 crime fiction authors gathered to honor New York Times bestseller Tess Gerritsen – and to celebrate New England Mobile Book Fair’s sixth annual Mystery Gala. If you’ve been before, you know what a cheery, chaotic party it is – think food (and lots of it), authors, and friends you’ve not seen in ages. That’s 6-8 p.m., please come by!

Oh yeah, and over at Harvard Book Store, they’ve just posted the “Holiday 100”! Recommended – and discounted 20% – especially for the holidays, this special display ranges from Art and Architecture to Young Adult, with plenty of fiction (including signed copies of World Enough) in between.  (Pssst…. online shoppers can use the CYBER2017 code on Monday, Nov. 27, for 20% off, too!)

Happy gift hunting!

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 My Path (Severn House). This third Blackie & Care adventure tackles the mystery of Blackie’s past as the duo take on a murder and a missing person in their dark and dangerous city. (UK pub date, March 2018; US pub date is July, but the book will be available as of May 2018)

Then, bad girl Pru Marlowe and her wisecracking tabby Wallis return in Fear on Four Paws (Poisoned Pen Press). This seventh pet noir mystery revisits the Berkshires, where Frank the ferret has a secret… (July 2018)

On the horizon, I’m working on a new cozy series, the Witch Cats of Cambridge, which will debut with A Spell of Murder (Polis Books). This fun, light-hearted series will feature a young woman who desperately wants to be a witch, all the while unaware that it is her three cats who have the real power … and who must use it to solve crime and keep their person out of trouble. (Tentatively January 2019)

Will there be more rock ‘n’ roll noir after that? I hope so! Stay tuned, dear readers. Purrs out!

That was fun!

Thanks to everyone who made my launch at Harvard Book Store a standing-room only event! (There was enough cake, I’m happy to say.) No automatic alt text available.If you missed it, call or drop by for one of the copies I signed before heading to the party – or come to the Mysterious Bookshop on Wednesday (Nov. 8) in NYC for my next event. Boston-based? Brett Milano and I will be holding a conversation about words and music on Monday, Dec. 4, at Brookline Booksmith.