Famous Sleuths

I knew when I started to write my first mystery that it should be set in San Francisco, a city noted for its artists, poets, musicians and writers, not to mention breathtaking views, dark alleys, secret stairways and FOG, lots of fog!  And I wanted my protagonist...

The Real Ask Zodia

Julia Bonatti, my crime-solving astrological sleuth in the Zodiac Mysteries, writes an advice column, AskZodia, for her hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle.  Julia’s column stretches reality quite a bit because how many big city newspapers would have...

Ever Considered Murder?

Well, don’t tell a soul, but I have.  That’s how the first inklings of Tail of the Dragon sprouted in my brain. That’s when I first considered murdering a lawyer or . . . lawyers.  Whaat, you say?  A lawyer?  Why?  Well, a long time ago, I worked for a lawyer who was...

Let’s Call It What It Is

It’s murder.  That’s what we love to read and that’s what crime fiction writers write.  But have you ever wondered about all the euphemisms we have for murder and death?  There’s a whole bunch. There are the obvious ones – Uncle Herbert passed on or maybe Uncle...

Year’s End

This time of year is magical.  I love the holiday decorations, the lights, and the crispness in the air.  Even though I don’t live in a part of the country where I can enjoy the snow, I like to pretend I’m having a white Christmas. As the Winter Solstice of 2017 rolls...