Creating Snowflake

The Soup Lover’s Mystery series is set in the imaginary village of Snowflake, Vermont. When Lucky Jamieson learns her parents have been killed in a car crash on an icy road, she returns home. Her grandfather Jack has been running her parents’ business, the By the Spoonful Soup Shop, until Lucky decides if she will… Continue Reading

Labor Day Giveaway

It’s Labor Day Weekend and, as promised, I’m hosting a giveaway of a fabulous book ~ The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook.  It’s something every mystery lover should have in their kitchen! Where else could you find exact directions for Sue Grafton’s “Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich” or Lee Child’s “Coffee Pot of One?”  Not… Continue Reading

Fourth of July Giveaway!

Happy July ~ summer’s really here — with a vengeance!  To celebrate the 4th, I’m giving away a copy of The Cozy Cookbook.  That’s right!  More than 100 recipes from today’s bestselling mystery authors. Don’t think that summer heat precludes eating soup, because two of my summer soup recipes are included — Chilled Mango Soup… Continue Reading

California Crime Writers Conference

The California Crime Writers Conference, sponsored jointly by the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime and the SoCal Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, was held this year on June 6th and 7th at the Doubletree Hotel in Culver City.  For those of us who worked to organize the conference, it started early on… Continue Reading

New England’s Poisonous Plants

I didn’t set out to write a mystery that involved poisoning, but I finally decided it was the best way to dispatch one of my characters in the woods – a quiet unassuming woman who had absolutely no enemies — at least none that anyone knew of. And that decision necessitated some research into the… Continue Reading