2017 will see the publication of my first Cat Groomer Mystery from Kensington Books, The Persian Always Meows Twice. Coming out in October, it follows the adventures of 27-year-old Cassie McGlone, who grooms and boards cats for a living and ends up solving murders on the side. In Persian, she has only recently opened her shop, Cassie’s Comfy Cats, in the fictional small town of Chadwick, N.J. She pays a house call to her wealthiest client, former Wall Street bigwig George DeLeuw…and finds him murdered. When Cassie temporarily takes charge of DeLeuw’s Persian cat, Harpo, all of the potential heirs suddenly want to get their paws on him. Are they motivated by simple greed, or does someone want to “silence” Harpo, as the only witness to the crime?
If all the planets align properly, The Persian Always Meows Twice will debut at Bouchercon 2017 in Toronto. I have never attended Bouchercon before and have never traveled out of the U.S. to a mystery conference, so this should be an adventure. Time to update my passport!
As I write this, I’m almost finished with the first (semi-polished) draft of my second Cassie McGlone book, The Bengal Identity. After some successful sleuthing in Persian, Cassie has established some street cred with the local police detective, Angela Bonelli. She’s also garnered some favorable publicity for her business and begun a romance with the local vet, hunky Dr. Mark Coccia. But hackles rise when a nervous young man, named Rudy, leaves a high-strung, athletic brown cat in Cassie’s care; soon after, Rudy is killed in a hit-and-run that looks deliberate. A couple of baths reveal that Ayesha, the cat he left with Cassie, may be a spotted, show-quality Bengal worth thousands. Did Rudy steal her, and was that enough to get him killed? Or was he playing an even more dangerous game? For the answers, you’ll have to wait until The Bengal Identity comes out in 2018. Meanwhile, I start work on a third Cat Groomer Mystery later this spring.
Finally, don’t miss the 16th Deadly Ink mystery conference, now at a new time and location. Deadly Ink 2017 will take place June 16-18 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Rockaway, N.J. Mystery readers and aspiring writers can meet their favorite authors, discover new ones and learn the secrets of writing a great whodunit. Guest of Honor this year is Vicki Delaney and Toastmaster is Mary Jane Maffini. For information on the full program, and to register, go to http://www.deadly-ink.org. (Can you tell I’m publicist for the con?) If you can get to New Jersey in June, hope to see you there!
April 28 - May 1, 2016—Moderated panel on Paranormal Mysteries, and signed Quinn Matthews books, at Malice Domestic 2016, Bethesda, Md. (http://www.malicedomestic.org)
August 5-7, 2016—Taking part in panels and signing Quinn Matthews books at Deadly Ink Mystery Conference 2016, New Brunswick, NJ (http://www.deadlyink2016.org).
October 8, 2016—Selling and signing my Amber Quill Press books during "Indie Author Day," 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Old Bridge Public Library, One Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge, N.J.
October 15, 2016—Signing and selling several of my titles at the Jamesburg Fall Festival in Jamesburg, N.J.
October 22, 2016—Joining other members of Mystery Writers of America to read "spooky" excerpts from our novels during a "Lethal Library" event, 2-3:30 p.m., at the Warren Township Library, 42 Mountain Blvd., Warren, N.J.
Aug. 7-9, 2015 —Served as Toastmaster for the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, N.J. Interviewed Guest of Honor Brad Parks, was interviewed myself by fellow author Roberta Rogow, took part in several panels and sold and signed my Quinn Matthews Haunting Mysteries. Please watch the Deadly Ink website for information on next year’s conference at www.deadlyink2015.org.