Oscar Chump!

“What’s that secret you’re keeping?”   When Oscar Chump passed, news of his demise spread through the county like wildfire. By noon, twelve hours after Doc Neilson had reluctantly drawn the white sheet over Oscar’s slack face with a...

The Nottingham Connection…

  When I first met Charlie Resnick, John Harvey’s jazz-loving detective inspector, on the page in 1991, I was thrilled.  Here was a new series from a British crimewriter I hadn’t read before.  Three books in, and I was hooked — on Harvey’s...

The Art of Collaboration!

  In the days before writing romances together as Stephanie Browning, Susan Brown and I wrote mysteries for middle-grade readers. We also co-authored scripts and dabbled in a bit of television, but the following article was, in fact, our first “official”...

How to get away with murder…in print!

While meeting your next husband! Several years ago, I was asked to give a workshop on writing mysteries. I’d published a few for nine-to-12 year olds by then, written several short stories, and was active in the local writing community. It was an easy decision. But...

Dame Agatha’s Life in Devon

This article first appeared in the book pages of The Ottawa Citizen…since then many milestones have been celebrated, including the 125th anniversary of Christie’s birth. Dame Agatha’s Life in Devon The year was 1916, and the world was at war....