Wednesday, October 15, 2014


So happy to share this beautiful cover for my upcoming novel.  LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS will hit stores June 2, 2015.


On a dark Kentucky night in 1952 exactly halfway between her fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory.  Everyone knows Hollerans don't go near Baines, not since Joseph Carl was buried two decades before, but, armed with a silver-handled flashlight, Annie runs through her family's lavender fields toward the well on the Baines' place.  At the stroke of midnight, she gazes into the water in search of her future.  Not finding what she had hoped for, she turns from the well and when the body she sees there in the moonlight is discovered come morning, Annie will have much to explain and a past to account for.

It was 1936, and there were seven Baine boys.  That year, Annie's aunt, Juna Crowley, with her black eyes and her long blond hair, came of age.  Before Juna, Joseph Carl had been the best of all the Baine brothers.  But then he looked into Juna's eyes and they made him do things that cost innocent people their lives.  Sheriff Irlene Fulkerson saw justice served--or did she?

As the lavender harvest approaches and she comes of age as Aunt Juna did in her own time, Annie's dread mounts. Juna will come home now, to finish what she started.  If Annie is to save herself, her family, and this small Kentucky town, she must prepare for Juna's return, and the revelation of what really happened all those years ago.

Monday, May 19, 2014

This Year's Edgar Awards

 A few pictures from this year's Edgar Awards Ceremony.  Though I didn't come home with a win this year, we had a wonder time.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I'm thrilled to share that my second novel, UNTIL SHE COMES HOME (Dutton/Penguin), is among the six novels nominated for this year's BEST NOVEL award.  It's all the more exciting as some of my favorite authors are among the other nominees. 

I had a wonderful time when last I attended the Edgars, and I look forward to another terrific trip. 

From the 2012 Edgar Awards Ceremony - pictured here with Agent Jenny Bent and Editor Denise Roy

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Writers in Paradise Evening Reading Series

For those of you in the Tampa Bay area, The Eckerd College Writers in Paradise Conference will be hosting several public readings in the near future.  Here's a look at the line up...

All events are free and open to the public. They are held at Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd College Campus at 8:00 each evening.  A wine and cheese reception precedes each reading from 7:30-8:00.

2014 Eckerd College Writers' Conference Evening Reading Series:

Saturday, January 18
Tim O'Brien with Q&A moderated by Dennis Lehane
Sunday, January 19
Dennis Lehane and Andre Dubus III
Monday, January 20
Jon Chopan and Les Standiford
Tuesday, January 21
Laura Williams McCaffrey and Peter Meinke
Wednesday, January 22*
Thursday, January 23
Lori Roy and Stewart O'Nan
Friday, January 24
Ann Hood and Sterling Watson
Saturday, January 25
Laura Lippman and Attica Locke