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



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Issue 43 of Crimespree magazine is out and available wherever mysteries are sold.

This issue is special, because it features my essay about the films every mystery writer should see. ( I won’t divulge all the details, but one of them is Jaws.) Also in No. 43 are pieces from great writers like Lisa Unger, Craig McDonald, Reed Farrel Coleman and cover girl Sara Gran. It’s a keeper.

You can buy single issues of Crimespree at mystery bookstores everywhere or you can subscribe to it here.

Blogging Break

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We’re now officially in the thick of August. Time for a vacation. No, I won’t be going the beach (or the Shore, as they say here in New Jersey.) Nor will I be heading to a nice cabin by a lake in Maine, which is where I’d actually love to spend a week or two.

Instead, I’ll be spending my time at home, finishing up my next book. So for the next two weeks, the blog will be on vacation as well. But I’ve got some very cool things planned for when I come back. I’m very excited about the guest authors who’ll be stopping by and some of the posts I have planned.

Until my return, relax. Take a vacation. (A real one, unlike mine.) Read a good book or two. I know I’ll certainly be trying to write one.

Pre-Order BAD MOON

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The case of a boy missing for 40 years explodes into the present in BAD MOON, Todd Ritter’s second novel featuring Perry Hollow, Pa., Police Chief Kat Campbell.

On the same night that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, 10-year-old Charlie Olmstead jumped on his bike to see if he could get a better look. It was the last anyone ever saw of him. After Perry Hollow Police Chief Jim Campbell found Charlie’s bike caught in a creek above a waterfall, he assumed the boy had been swept away. So did everyone else — except Charlie’s mother.

Years later, Eric Olmstead — a famous author and Charlie’s brother — has come back to Perry Hollow to bury his mother and fulfill her last request: Find his brother. To do so, he goes to the current police chief and his former sweetheart, Kat Campbell. It isn’t long before they discover that his mother thought Charlie was kidnapped, and that locating him was her secret obsession. While she never found him, she did uncover clues suggesting he wasn’t the only boy to vanish into thin air.

BAD MOON tells the haunting story of a small town that found lies easier to believe than the truth.


“Compelling … Readers will find themselves ensnared by this unusual tale of love, loss, enduring pain, and betrayal.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Ritter sets the scene using the moon landings as the basis for a succession of crimes and keeps the reader guessing about the final outcome. His fully developed characters complement the flawless pacing.” 4.5 stars
— RT Book Reviews


The book will be released on October 11. But you can pre-order it now online or from your favorite independent bookstore. For those of you who like to shop at, here’s the link.