Agatha Firsts Blog Tour

bannerThe 2017 Agatha Firsts Blog Tour with Marla Cooper, Alexia Gordon, Cynthia Kuhn, Nadine Nettmann, and Renee Patrick has begun! A list of stops follows–we’d love to chat with you along the way.

Feature Friday

February 3, 2017

Excited to be participating in Feature Friday hosted by Girl with Book Lungs on Facebook! featurefri Here’s the schedule (Central Standard Time):

8-9:30 am: Christina Freeburn
10-11:30 am: Wendy Tyson
12-1:30 pm: Ellie Alexander
2-3:30 pm: Cynthia Kuhn
4-5:30 pm: Kait Jagger
6-7:30 pm: Annette Dashofy

Hope you can stop by!

Agatha Nomination


January 28, 2017

Malice Domestic has just released the Agatha Award nominations, and The Semester of Our Discontent has been nominated for Best First Novel!

So honored to be included and so grateful to everyone who nominated it–thank you.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Best Contemporary Novel:
Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross (Kensington)
Say No More by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)

Best Historical Novel:
Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao (Berkley)
Get Me to the Grave on Time by D.E. Ireland (Grainger Press)
Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell (Midnight Ink)
The Reek of Red Herrings by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)
Murder in Morningside Heights by Victoria Thompson (Berkley)

Best First Novel:
Terror in Taffeta by Marla Cooper (Minotaur)
Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon (Henery Press)
The Semester of Our Discontent by Cynthia Kuhn (Henery Press)
Decanting a Murder by Nadine Nettmann (Midnight Ink)
Design for Dying by Renee Patrick (Forge Books)

Best Nonfiction:
Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot: How to Write Gripping Stories that Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats by Jane K. Cleland (Writer’s Digest Books)
A Good Man with a Dog: A Game Warden’s 25 Years in the Maine Woods by Roger Guay with Kate Clark Flora (Skyhorse Publishing)
Sara Paretsky: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction by Margaret Kinsman (McFarland Books)

Best Short Story:
“Double Jinx: A Bellissimo Casino Crime Caper Short Story” by Gretchen Archer (Henery Press)
“The Best-Laid Plans” by Barb Goffman in Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most Conventional (Wildside Press)
“The Mayor and the Midwife” by Edith Maxwell in Blood on the Bayou: Bouchercon Anthology 2016 (Down & Out Books)
“The Last Blue Glass” by B.K. Stevens in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
“Parallel Play” by Art Taylor in Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning (Wildside Press)

Best Children/Young Adult:
Trapped: A Mei-hua Adventure by P.A. DeVoe (Drum Tower Press)
Spy Ski School by Stuart Gibbs (Simon & Schuster)
Tag, You’re Dead by J C Lane (Poisoned Pen Press)
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos (Balzer & Bray)
The Secret of the Puzzle Box: The Code Busters Club by Penny Warner (Darby Creek)

Chicks on the Case


January 25, 2017

Happy to share that Vickie Fee and I have just joined Chicks on the Case!

Original Chicks Ellen Byron, Marla Cooper, Kellye Garrett, and Lisa Q. Mathews have added another day to the schedule, so please swing by if you have a chance, any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Would love to see you over there.