A smudge of smoke on the ocean’s horizon is the first sign of a faraway vessel. A sailor knows a craft will eventually hove into view. I hope that readers, like the sailor, will be pleased to know there are stories coming.
I am thrilled that my short story "All Kinds of Fear" will appear in the March-April 2019 issue of Ellery Queen Magazine. A distraught widower begs a homicide detective for help after a psychic contacts him with news that his wife’s drowning was murder, not an accident. The detective suspects fraud, but the psychic won’t be denied.
A new edition of Miss Pinkerton by Mary Roberts Rinehart will be published June 18, 2019, by Penzler Publishers under the American Mystery Classics imprint. I loved writing the introduction about one of my and America’s favorite authors, the irrepressible and amazing Mary Roberts Rinehart.
I’ve just turned in GHOST UPS HER GAME, the ninth in the Bailey Ruth mystery series, and hope it will see publication in 2019. Bailey Ruth and Police Chief Sam Cobb rustle up a very special posse as they try to trap a dangerous, clever, and unsuspected murderer.
Mystery Writers of America will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the 2020 Edgars. Edgars will mark publication of the MWA anthology, Deadly Anniversaries. Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller edited the anthology and Laurie King collected the stories. In my story, "Case Open," a vibrant woman dies in a fall from a cliff. Did she jump? Did she fall? Was she pushed? Rumors still swirl a year after her death. Her sister is determined to confront the ugly gossip. She invites all who were present the night Evelyn died to gather on the terrace. Death is the uninvited guest.
This year Oconee Press published an e book edition of Peril Off Padre, the first and only publication of a long ago suspense novel that explores the dangers and passions when Spanish gold is found in a galleon that sank in the Gulf of Mexico.
Published in 2017 by Berkley were Walking on My Grave, the last in the Death on Demand series, and Ghost on the Case, 8th in the Bailey Ruth series.
On the horizon . . .