The Tao of Doo

In his kind and generous review of my first mystery, DEATH NOTICE, author James Reasoner said the plot was vaguely reminiscent of something found in Scooby-Doo, only played seriously. He meant it as a compliment and I took it Read more


Another October, another release date. Since BAD MOON is my second book, you would think I'd be used to it. But nope, I'm not. BAD MOON's publication date feels as surreal as DEATH NOTICE's did last year. For readers, the Read more

Writing With ... Louise Penny

I am thrilled beyond words to welcome one of my favorite writers, Louise Penny, whose Armand Gamache mysteries have appeared on bestseller lists worldwide.  Her last book, BURY YOUR DEAD, won the Ellis for best mystery in Canada, and Read more

Is Browsing Dead?

I'll be the first to admit that I was a nerdy teenager. Not pocket protector nerdy, but no sports star, either. I was bookish, I guess you could say. I read A LOT back then, and nothing pleased me Read more

Why We Left Earth

Outer space has always been a mystery. Even before mankind fully grasped its vastness, they wanted to go there. Early astronomers, fascinated by the stars, invented ways to get a closer view. Think Copernicus, Galileo, Cassini. Writers not content Read more


Lost Chapter

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Hey folks who have read DEATH NOTICE, this post is for you. If you haven’t read it: First, what are you waiting for? Second, you might want to skip this post, since there are slight spoilers below.

(Spoiler line: Cross at your own risk.)

OK, if you’re still reading, I assume you’ve also read DEATH NOTICE. And I bet you’re also wondering what really went down in Amber Lefferts’ house before Chief Kat Campbell arrived. If so, you’re in luck. I’ve unearthed a lost chapter, showing readers the creepy events of that afternoon from poor Amber’s point of view. Cool, right?

Even cooler is that I’m giving readers like you a copy. All you need to do is write a review of DEATH NOTICE on or at the Barnes & Noble website. Then just notify me via e-mail at I’ll then promptly send you the chapter. If you’ve already been nice enough to write one, just give me a shout and I’ll send it to you, as well.

It’s that easy.

Bad Moon Giveaway Part II

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It’s time to give away an advance copy of BAD MOON. Last week, I said I was going to put all the names of those who “like” my Facebook page into a hat and draw one at random.

I lied.

I actually put the names into a very large bowl. And all my Facebook friends were not eligible. To be fair to others, I left out family members and people I see on a daily basis. This giveaway was for fans only.

Still, that left a large pile of names to choose from. And the winner is….

Jamie Cotner Moretz!

Congrats, Jamie! You can send me your mailing address at and I’ll send you a copy of BAD MOON.

A big thanks to all of you who were eligible. There’ll be more giveaways soon, so stay tuned.


Bad Moon Giveaway Part I

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Although my second book, BAD MOON, doesn’t hit stores until October 11, I’ve got an advance copy to give away.

Here’s how I’m going to do it: Next Friday, I’ll put the names of everyone who follows my Facebook page into a hat and randomly pick one. Don’t follow me on Facebook? You can do it right here.

I’ll announce the winner in this very spot next Friday. Good luck to all who are eligible.