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A Different Way to Die

“I have a question.” So begins A Different Way to Die, the eighth installment in the Jake Travis series. Jake is asked to investigate a boat fire that took the life of Chris Callaghan. While reconstructing Chris’s life, Jake is drawn into small-town secrets that are...

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The Elizabeth Walker Affair and upcoming newsletters

The Elizabeth Walker Affair will be released June 2. A year and a half in the making, it is equal parts mystery, tragedy and romance.  My writing guns are now turned to Murder in Midnight Cove, coming out in 2021, and my newsletters. The next two newsletters will...

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Reviews of recent books which I’ve enjoyed

Check out my musings on fiction from Michael Connelly, Craig Johnson, Richard Russo, plus laugh-out-loud nonfiction from David Sedaris and an oldie from Randy Wayne White. These book reviews are posted on Goodreads and BookBub. They, and others, will also be included...

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More Summer Reading and The Elizabeth Walker Affair

Why summer? Do we have winter reading? Spring? Do the longer days in some manner make us more introspective? I’ve enjoyed John Knowles’ masterpiece, A Separate Peace, The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead, The Volunteer, by Jack Fairweather, Men Without Woman, by...

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A Beautiful Voice

A Beautiful Voice is released.

It is always strange to work so obsessively on a book, to surrender to the claws it has on your life, and then release it like a balloon, claimed by a gusty wind, and watch it float away. The characters forever frozen in their lines. Their moods, triumphs, disappointments and vulnerabilities out there—exposed—for everyone to see. To like. To bond with. To criticize…

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Summer Reading

Putting the finishing brushstrokes on Jake Travis number six, A Beautiful Voice. Jake is assigned to smuggle a man ashore who can help lock a notorious drug lord behind bars. His low-level job (“You’re as low as we go,” Colonel Janssen smirks at him) delivers shattering repercussions. Kathleen searches for, well, she’s not sure what she is looking for. And Morgan burns the candle at both ends, aiding humanity one misfortunate soul at a time. Publication is slated for mid-fall.

Summer reading shouldn’t be any different than the other three seasons, but it is…

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