Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Memorial Day aka Decoration Day is a day of remembrance of those men and women who fell protecting us, for those who didn't return home. Many people go to cemeteries and memorials on the last Monday in May, and there's a tradition to fly the flag at half mast. Memorial Day in the U.S. is part of a three day holiday weekend. Many think of this weekend as the beginning of Summer, a time for Barbecues, the Beach, the Cabin, and S'mores. Not planning a get-together? You can celebrate Memorial Day by reading some of these Mysteries set during the Memorial Day Weekend.

In memory of all who served their country, here's an updated list of Mysteries set during Memorial Day Weekend. Let me know if I've forgotten any titles. You may also want to check out my Veterans Day Mystery List.

Memorial Day Mysteries

Death is Like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons
Last Man Standing by David Baldacci
The Twenty Three by Linwood Barclay
Treble at the Jam Fest by Leslie Budewitz
The Decoration Memorial Day War by David H. Brown
Memorial Day by Sandra Thompson Brown and Duane Brown
Flowers for Bill O'Reilly: Memorial Day by Max Allan Collins
Black Echo by Michael Connelly  

Absolute Certainty by Rose Connors
One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer Fleming (not technically Memorial day, but it fits the theme)
Memorial Day by Vince Flynn
Memorial Day by Harry Shannon
Beside Still Waters by Debbie Viguie
Who Killed the Neanderthal by Cheryl Zelenka

Children's Mysteries:

Trixie Belden: The Mystery of the Memorial Day Fire by Kahryn Kenny
Sam's Top Secret Journal: Memorial Day by Sean Adelman, Siri Bardarson, Dianna Border & Andrea Hurst

Rosemary is for Remembrance. Check out the recipe for Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies on my other blog:


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The Marlow Murder Club TV News!

I'm really looking
forward to this production. 

MASTERPIECE Mystery! today announced that The Marlow Murder Club, adapted by author Robert Thorogood, will premiere on PBS Sunday, October 27, 2024 at 9/8c. Samantha Bond, Jo Martin, Cara Horgan and Natalie Dew star in The Marlow Murder Club. And, great news, The Marlow Murder Club has already been renewed for a second season!

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Why are plot twists pleasurable? Guest Post by John Copenhaver

If you’re a crime fiction lover, you’re most likely a fan of plot twists. I know I am. I've had several twists and turns in all of my novels, including my most recent novel, Hall of Mirrors.
But why do we like these twists so much? On reflection, I love the moment when I’m forced to reevaluate the narrative I’ve been told, where nothing is as it seems. Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (2012) provides one such moment (spoiler alert): When we discover that Amy Dunne’s diary is a fraud, a convincing invention designed to implicate her husband Nick in her faked murder, we’re forced to reevaluate Amy and Nick, and the dynamic of their relationship. We also must confront our own gullibility. Amy’s not only tricking Nick and the police; she’s fooling us. We’re implicated. The famous reveal of Agatha Christie’s 1926 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, where our narrator is also our villain, laid the groundwork for Flynn’s brilliant psychological novel.
But back to the question: Why do we find earthshaking reveals like the one in Gone Girl pleasurable? Sure, there’s an appreciation that the author has played on our assumptions, our compulsion to follow the red herrings and be distracted by skillful misdirection, or even our built-in biases about particular characters—Christie often counts on our tendency to underestimate the help. While I admire these twists in classic whodunits, I don’t always feel moved by them. To be fair, I experience pleasure, but it’s more intellectual, not emotional.
In contrast, several novels with surprise endings have floored me. Interestingly, neither novel is a mystery per se: Ian McEwan’s Atonement and Margaret Atwood’s Blind Assassin. In both cases, the revelation, which I won’t spoil, cast a shadow backward, making me reevaluate not just the characters I encountered but the meaning of the text itself. What exactly had I just experienced? How has its meaning changed? I admire the author’s skill, but that pleasure was followed by something more profound and mysterious. It wasn’t just about discovering concealed information—who killed so-and-so—but finding out something about myself.
These sorts of twists, I believe, are superior because they require us to think differently—to reflect and reconsider. They are pleasurable because we gain a sense of having broken through an illusion, of now seeing the world more clearly for what it is, even if that vision is darker or more complex. I go for this effect in my own work; in the final moments of my novels, I want to tilt perspective and upend assumptions. I’m particularly interested in pressing the reader to reevaluate or, perhaps, own their sympathies for characters who do bad or transgressive things. I want to leave the reader in a more morally complicated place, not free them from it.
When we learn that the actual Amy Dunne is vicious and vengeful, we must reconsider why her performance in her diary is so compelling. At first, this might be humbling—owning that a sociopath has taken us in often is—but it’s followed by the pleasure of clear-sightedness. After all, learning the truth is empowering. Interestingly, by the end of Gone Girl, Amy and Nick can neither be fully embraced nor easily dismissed. Yes, they are terrible people, but they are also familiar to us and not easy to set aside, which is a deliciously uncomfortable thought.


John Copenhaver won the 2019 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery for Dodging and Burning and the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for Best Mystery for The Savage Kind. He is a co-founder of Queer Crime Writers and an at-large board member of Mystery Writers of America. He cohosts on the House of Mystery Radio Show. He’s a faculty mentor in the University of Nebraska’s Low-Residency MFA program and teaches at VCU in Richmond, VA.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

THOUGHTS ON THE MURKY MIDDLE: Guest Post by Baron Birtcher

While attending a recent writers conference, I had the opportunity sit in the audience while a panel of respected writers and colleagues were asked to opine about their approach to the craft. As often happens during Q&A, the conversation shifts to either (a) “Plotter vs. Pantser” or (b) “The Murky Middle” of a manuscript. 
For those of you who have attended a writers conference, you know what I’m talking about. 
Personally, having long ago lost interest in conversing about item (a), I do feel compelled to weigh-in on item (b). Here’s why:  When the question came up at the conference panel, the author who replied first gave a lengthy and world-weary reply about slogging through “the Murky Middle” and how painful that process can be. I happened to be seated in the audience beside an award-winning female colleague whom I respect greatly, and upon hearing this world-weary reply, we both shared a look that included raised eyebrows and shrugs of puzzlement. 
“I like the Middle,” my to-remain-anonymous colleague whispered to me. 
“I do, too,” I responded. “That’s where all the good stuff happens.”
Not to put too fine a point on it, but here’s where I come down on the subject: If the Middle is ‘Murky’ it’s yourfault as the author. So, fix it. 

Because, in a Three-Act story structure, the second act is where the action happens. Here’s a brief review:
                        Act 1: Setup, exposition, inciting incident
                        Act 2: Confrontation, rising action, character development
                        Act 3: Resolution: lead-up, climax, conclusion
Therefore, if your second act is murky, you’re missing an opportunity to more fully develop your cast of characters, your setting, and—particularly in the case of a series—an opportunity to deepen your reader’s engagement with the breadth and scope of the narrative as a whole. Ask yourself ‘Why?’ Were you in a hurry to get to that next scene (which is not uncommon)? We all know how easy it can be to get lost in the weeds of our own stories, we’ve all done it. It’s equally easy to get lost in the weeds of the fabulous amount of research that we want to regurgitate and show off to our readers. We need to resist those temptations, and instead, focus on calibrating the pace of the narrative to the tone of the story we’ve actually set out to tell.
I often equate the process to what it is like to listen to a great piece of music. At least that’s a perspective that works for me. Each of us has our own methodology or metaphor; But if you find yourself slogging through your own work, this is clearly a sign that you might need to step outside, take a walk and clear your head. Which is usually all it takes. Or maybe just a good night’s sleep. Come back and reevaluate your work with a fresh perspective.
Now, just to be clear: I’m not anybody’s advocate for formulaic writing. In fact, I despise it. I like exploring the boundaries of literary convention as much as the next writer… But when our work is aimed at keeping our reader engaged within a linear narrative, and the story seems to bog down in that proverbial “Murky Middle,” I suggest that you take a good hard look at the overall pace of your narrative, and determine whether you may be missing out on an opportunity to actually slow down, dig a little deeper and consider a slightly different manner of engagement among your characters, your readers (and yourself). You might discover that if you take your foot off the gas pedal and listen to your characters more closely, they might teach you a little something you didn’t expect from them. 
Long and the short of it is this, IMO: Embrace the deep water in your story, the complicated, beautiful, Mysterious Middle, and don’t dread the density. It’s exactly where the heart of your story may reside.
Baron Birtcher is the winner of the Silver Falchion Award (Hard Latitudes); Winner of Killer Nashville Readers Choice Award (South California Purples); and Best Book of the Year Award for Fistful Of Rain.
He has also been nominated for the Nero Award, the Lefty, the Foreword Indie, the Claymore, and the Pacific Northwest's Spotted Owl Awards. 
I invite you to join me on the ride with Sheriff Ty Dawson, and to (re)visit those heady, turbulent, beautiful and terrifying times of the 1970s; and to join me on Facebook and Instagram at: 
            Instagram: www.instagram/BaronBirtcher_author
 Books in the Ty Dawson series
            South California Purples
            Fistful Of Rain
            Knife River


Friday, May 17, 2024

Cartoon of the Day: Crow Bar



To see finalists in all categories, go here:

Of specfic interterest to the mystery reader:

LGBTQ+ Mystery

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Cartoon of the Day: Cats & Dogs


BARBECUE MYSTERIES: National Barbecue Day

Today is National Barbecue Day, so to celebrate here's my Barbecue Mysteries list. So many ways to murder someone at a barbecue, from the sauce to the skewers to the grill, not to mention the tiny wires on the barbecue brush (true crime!). This is an updated list of Barbecue Crime Fiction. Let me know if I've forgotten any authors/titles!

Barbecue Mysteries

Delicious and Suspicious; Hickory Smoked Homicide; Finger Lickin' Dead; Rubbed Out by Riley Adams  (Elizabeth Craig Spann) - The Memphis BBQ Mystery Series
The Unbelievable Mr. Brownstone Omnibus 4 (books 19-22): Road Trip: BBQ and a Brawl, BBQ Delivered with Attitude, BBQ With a Side of No Apologies, BBQ and STFU by Michael Anderle
Bad Move by Linwood Barclay
Honey BBQ Murder by Patti Benning 
Murder Well-Done by Claudia Bishop
Nice Day for a Murder by C.A. Broadribb

Crime Rib by Leslie Budewitz
Topped Chef by Lucy Burdette
Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron
Low and Slow: Sweet and Savory Murder at the BBQ Cookoff by Randy Cade 
A Bullet at the BBQ by SL Calder 

Several Dan Rhodes books by Bill Crider
Murder at the Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival by Gene Davis
The Grilling Season by Diane Mott Davidson
Grilled for Murder by Maddie Day

Memphis Ribs by Gerald Duff
Murder Can Singe Your Old Flame by Selma Eichler
Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
Barbecues & Brooms by Bella Falls

The Politics of Barbecue by Blake Fontenay
Grilling the Subject by Daryl Wood Gerber
Barbecue, Bourbon and Bullets by M.E. Harmon
A Trunk, a Canoe, and all the Barbecue by A. W. Hartoin

Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes
The Big Barbecue by Dorothy B. Hughes
Barbeque Bedlam by Lizzie Josephson 
Close to Home by Cara Hunter

Blossoms, Barbeque, & Blackmail by Tonya Kappes
Bonfires, Barbeques and Bodies by Susan Keene 
Spare Ribs and Cold Cuts by Kamaryn Kelsey 
Barbecue Blues: A Professor Doug Wilson Mystery (Professor Doug Wilson Mysteries Book 3) by Duke Kuehn
Murder in Mesquite Springs by Glenda Stewart Langley
Bad News Barbecues: by Maisy Marple 
Bullets & Barbecue by Mary Maxwell
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Thou Shalt Not Grill by Tamar Myers 
Hush My Mouth by Cathy Pickens
The BBQ Burger Murder by Rosie A. Point
Hawg Heaven Cozy Mysteries by Summer Prescott 
Barbecue Can Be Deadly by Ryan Rivers 

Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham
The Sheriff and..  (series) by D. R. Meredith

The King is Dead by Sarah Shankman
Stiffs and Swine by J.B. Stanley
Barbecue and Murder by Kathleen Suzette

Revenge of the Barbecue Queens by Lou Jane Temple
Murder at the Barbecue by Liz Turner

Murder, Basted and Barbecued by Constance Turner
Barbecue by A. E.H. Veenman

Death on a Platter by Elaine Viets

Teaberry Blues, Brew & BBQ by R. A. Wallace
A Bad Day for Barbecue by Jonathan Woods
Books, Barbecue, and Murder by Lori Woods  

Short Stories: 

"Gored" by Bill Crider
"A Bad Day for Barbecue" by Jonathan Woods

Young Readers:  

The Barbecue Thief by Starike

Want a little chocolate on the barbie today? 
Check out recipes on my other blog:

S'mores on the Grill  
Savory Chocolate Barbecue Sauces
Chocolate Ancho Chile Rub
Cocoa Spiced Salmon Rub 
Scharffen Berger Cacao Nib Rub for Tri Tip

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

2024 British Book Awards: The Nibbies

The 2024 British Book Awards, the Nibbies, were given out Monday night in London. The British Book Awards or Nibbies are literary awards for the best UK writers and their works, administered by The Bookseller. 

Of interest to Mystery Readers:

Crime and Thriller Book of the Year: Lisa Jewell: None of this is True (Century)

Non-fiction: Lifestyle and Illustrated: G.T Karber:  Murdle (Souvenir Press)

Freedom to Publish Award: Georgian-Russian author Grigori Chkhartishvili, who writes historical mysteries under the byline “Boris Akunin,” became only the third recipient of the Freedom to Publish Award (following Arabella Pike and Salman Rushdie).


The Convention Attendance Support Grant (CAS) is created to assist fans and writers of the mystery genre by offering a financial subsidy to offset associated costs to attend and participate in the current annual Bouchercon convention.

The Grant includes a paid registration fee, and reimbursement for up to Five-Hundred Dollars ($500.00). There will be five CAS grant recipients for Nashville Bouchercon.

Program Elements:

Who May Apply?

  • Anyone who will be attending the next upcoming Bouchercon convention, and
  • Anyone willing to contribute up to four hours of volunteering during the eligible convention.

What is the Financial Assistance Offered?

  • The Convention registration fee is waived.
  • Travel and lodging costs are reimbursed up to $500.00.
  • Note: Awardees will be sent a reimbursement check within fifteen business days of the conclusion of Bouchercon and after receipts have been scanned/mailed to the Bouchercon Administrator.

What are the Requirements?

  • Applicants will need to submit a 300-to-500-word essay on the applicant’s interest in the crime fiction/mystery genre; interest in attending Bouchercon; and need for assistance.
  • Grant recipients will be required to volunteer during the Bouchercon convention for no less than four hours.
  • Applicants will need to agree to abide to the Bouchercon Code of Conduct.

Go Here to get the Application form:

Deadline: Send applications no later than May 31st to: 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024


I remember The Ipcress File movie starring Michael Caine. The new Ipcress File streaming series is different from both the movie and the novel by Len Deighton. That being said, it is quite interesting for what it is. Great cinematography, acting, period setting, and plot twists. Let me know what you think. Make a comment.

The Ipcress File is available on AcornTV. 6 episodes.

From the  NYT Review

The original “Ipcress File,” based on a novel by Len Deighton, regularly shows up on lists of the best spy films, even though it’s not very good. Pauline Kael called it overwrought and rather silly, a judgment that looks even more apt a half-century on. Its attractions are limited to Caine’s charisma, 1960s London atmosphere (grimy and groovy), some garish energy and a measure of chic sadism (the common link in Caine’s films from that time).

Perhaps it wasn't the best spy movie ever, but I liked it, but I was a big Michael Caine fan at the time. I don't remember all the details of the film which is good because the new Ipcress File TV series is quite different. 

Storyline: As the Cold War rages, former smuggler-turned-reluctant spy Harry Palmer finds himself at the center of a dangerous undercover mission, on which he must use his links to find a missing British nuclear scientist.

Rotten Tomatoes says: Slick, stylish, and packing sly nods to present politics, The Ipcress File is a classic spy caper with a modern sensibility. 

I agree with that. 


The Ipcress File is a British cold war spy thriller television series loosely based on the 1962 novel The IPCRESS File by Len Deighton. Written by John Hodge and directed by James Watkins, it stars Joe ColeLucy Boynton and Tom Hollander. It was first broadcast at 9pm from Sunday 6 March to 10 April 2022 on ITV.

Contrary to previous adaptations, the story has been extensively reworked, with plot and some characters radically altered and a lot of new material added, making the TV series significantly different from Deighton's original. The series is also influenced by the 1965 film, most obviously by adopting the "Harry Palmer" and "Jean Courtney" character names coined for the film. Visually, director James Watkins makes several nods to the direction of Sidney J. Furie, with regular use of angled camera work, and in places borrows almost shot-for-shot the framing of certain scenes.

One of the most recognisable homages to the film is during the opening sequence in episode 1, featuring coffee grinding and coffee making, and the very first opening shot of Palmer's glasses. Watkins said "[It was a] little wink ... the gaze is out of focus and then it finds focus when he puts the glasses on." Writing in 

The Guardian Stuart Jeffries comments that "this opening reference to 57-year-old movie eyewear is a surprising gambit by director James Watkins and writer John Hodge, given their creative betrayal elsewhere of the source material."

Creative betrayal? Well, that's one way of putting it. 

Monday, May 13, 2024

Inspired by actual events… Guest post by Gina X. Grant

It happened to a friend of a friend… 

Ripped from the headlines…

Inspired by actual events…

Back in 2020, my niece excitedly told me, “You’ll never guess what happened to a friend of Justin’s.”

“Do tell,” I said, no idea who Justin was, but always up for a good story.

“Well, he was working out at the gym, and…”

I knew as soon as I heard the story, I knew it was too good not to share with other mystery lovers. So, first chance I got, I turned it into a story. Of course, I added a love interest and a grumpy cop, taking the standard archetypes and turning them on their anthropomorphized heads. If real life failed to provide these things, then I’d just have to do myself. I am a fiction author; I make sh** up!

The result is the funny and heartwarming ‘The Case of the Pilfered Parka,’ one of the selections of 22 terrific short stories included in the anthology, Larceny and Last Chances

I’ve met writers who were loath to change any elements of their stories and rejected suggestions which would have made for better storytelling because they only wanted to report on actual events. There’s definitely a place for truth in writing, but it’s not—by definition—in fiction. 

Me? I don’t feel constrained by actual events, only inspired by them. 

Storytelling isn’t simply about reporting events chronologically. It’s also about delving deeper into human psychology, exploring emotions, expressing worldviews, and making readers think, feel, and question. Now, not every story in Larceny and Last Chancesincludes all of these elements, but taken as a whole, this anthology really delivers.

To read ‘The Case of the Pilfered Parka,’ pre-order your copy of Larceny and Last Chances: 22 Stories of Mystery & Suspense.

About Larceny & Last Chances: 22 Stories of Mystery & Suspense

Publication date: June 18, 2024

Sometimes it’s about doing the right thing. Sometimes it’s about getting even. Sometimes it’s about taking what you think you deserve. And sometimes, it’s your last, best, hope. Edited by Judy Penz Sheluk and featuring stories by Christina Boufis, John Bukowski, Brenda Chapman, Susan Daly, Wil A. Emerson, Tracy Falenwolfe, Kate Fellowes, Molly Wills Fraser, Gina X. Grant, Karen Grose, Wendy Harrison, Julie Hastrup, Larry M. Keeton, Charlie Kondek, Edward Lodi, Bethany Maines, Gregory Meece, Cate Moyle, Judy Penz Sheluk, KM Rockwood, Kevin R. Tipple, and Robert Weibezahl. 

Find it at:


About Gina X Grant: Gina X. Grant writes witty fiction both super and natural. Storm Grant writes engaging gay fiction, more light than dark. Gina/Storm lives just north of Toronto, Canada. Find her at

About the editor: Judy Penz Sheluk is a former journalist and magazine editor and the bestselling author of two mystery series, several short stories, and two books on publishing. She is also the publisher and editor of four Superior Shores Anthologies. Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she served as Chair. Find out more at 

Saturday, May 11, 2024


THE 2024 CRIMEFEST AWARDS were presented this evening in Bristol, UK

Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist.

In association with headline sponsor, the Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award is for debut authors first published in the United Kingdom in 2023. The winning author receives a £1,000 prize. 
Stig Abell for Death Under a Little Sky (Hemlock Press/HarperCollins)

For the best crime fiction ebook first published in both hardcopy and in electronic format in the United Kingdom in 2023.
Laura Lippman for Prom Mom (Faber & Faber)

The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel first published in the United Kingdom in 2023.
Mick Herron for The Secret Hours (Baskerville)

The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction first published in the United Kingdom in 2023. The award is named after H.R.F. ‘Harry’ Keating, one of Britain’s most esteemed crime novelists, crime reviewers and writer of books about crime fiction.
Adam Sisman for The Secret Life of John Le Carré (Profile Books)

This award is for the best television crime drama based on a book, and first screened in the UK in 2023. 
Eligible titles were collated from the Radio Times, and CrimeFest newsletter readers established the
shortlist and the winning title. The winning author and production company each receive a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Slow Horses (series 3), based on the Slough House books by Mick Herron (Apple)

Best Crime Fiction Novel For Children
This award is for the best crime novel for children (aged 8-12) first published in the United Kingdom in 2023.
 J.T. Williams for The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Portraits and Poison, illustrated by Simone Douglas (Farshore)

Best Crime Fiction Novel For Young Adults
This award is for the best crime novel for young adults (aged 12-16) first published in the United Kingdom in 2023.
Elizabeth Wein for Stateless (Bloomsbury YA) 

Cartoon of the Day


Thursday, May 9, 2024


The Anthony Award Nominations were announced today. The awards will be voted on and presented at Bouchercon in Nashville. Congratulations to all 2024 Anthony Award nominees!!!



Mother's Day: So many Mothers in Mysteries. The following is a sampling with emphasis on the Mother's Day Holiday. If I listed all the mysteries and crime fiction with famous and infamous mothers, the list would be way too long. This is an updated list, so let me know if I've missed any titles or authors.


Death by Windmill by Jennifer S. Alderson
Angel at Troublesome Creek by Mignon F. Ballard

The Mother's Day by Peter Bartram
Mother's Day by Frankie Bow 
Mother's Day Mayhem by Lynn Cahoon 
How to Murder Your Mother-in-Law, Mum's the Word by Dorothy Cannell

Mother's Day Murder by Wensley Clarkson
A Holiday Sampler by Christine E. Collier
A Catered Mother's Day by Isis Crawford 
A Darkly Hidden Truth by Donna Fletcher Crow
Motherhood is Murder (Short Stories) by Mary Daheim, Carolyn Hart, Shirley Rousseau Murphy and Jane Isenberg
The Mother's Day Mishap by Kathi Daley
Murder Can Upset Your Mother by Selma Eichler
A Mother's Day Murder by Dee Ernst
Bon Bon Voyage by Nancy Fairbanks
Good Bad Girl by Alice Feeney

Botched Butterscotch by Amanda Flower
Murder for Mother: Short Story collection, edited by Martin S. Greenberg
Murder Superior by Jane Haddam
A Gift for Mother's Day by K.C. Hardy
The Mother’s Day Murder by Lee Harris
"Pull my Paw"(short story) by Sue Ann Jaffarian
Mother's Day Murder by Tonya Kappes

Mother's Day: A Short Story by Renée Knight  (short story)
Every Day is Mother's Day by Hilary Mantel (not exactly a mystery, but a good read)
Mother’s Day by Patricia MacDonald
Mother's Day Out by Karen MacInerney
Mother's Day by Dennis McDougal
Mother’s Day Murder by Leslie Meier
Mother's Day by Joshua Quittner & Michelle Siatalla

Mom, Apple Pie & Murder: A collection of New Mysteries for Mother’s Day, edited by Nancy Pickard
Mother's Day, Muffins, and Murder by Sara Rosett
A Mother's Day Murder by Genevieve Scholl
The London Monster by D. Scott
Mother’s Day by Joshua Quittner and Michelle Slatalla
Comfort Me by Debbie Viguie
Mother's Day by Ron Vincent

True Crime: 

The Mother's Day Murder by Wensley Clarkson

Check out Carissa Chesanek's article 8 of the Most Terrifying Mothers in Crime Fiction on CrimeReads.

Who is your favorite Mother in Crime Fiction?

Wednesday, May 8, 2024


Camille Minichino. Such sad news. What an amazing woman- smart, witty, funny, supportive, creative! She loved life and learning, writing and crafts, physics and humor, and so much more. She was an inspiration to us all. I was lucky to serve on the MWA NorCal Board with her. Last time we chatted, she had enrolled in an MFA writing program. Really?After having written so many books and having taught creative writing? When I asked why she was getting 'another' degree in a subject she was so fluent with, she said you're never too old to learn something new. That was Camille.  My heart and sympathy go out to her family and friends.

Camille received her Ph.D. in physics from Fordham University, New York City. She was on the faculty of Golden Gate University, San Francisco and taught writing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She was Past President and a member of NorCal Mystery Writers of America, NorCal Sisters in Crime, and the California Writers Club. She taught physics at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Camille also taught fiction writing and worked as a scientific editor in the Engineering Department of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She wrote more than 25 mystery novels.


The Periodic Table Mysteries, featuring retired physicist Gloria Lamerino,set in Revere, Massachusetts;

The Miniature Mysteries, featuring miniaturist Gerry Porter and her preteen granddaughter in a northern California town. See a slideshow of Camille's miniatures.

The Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries, featuring a math professor in a small New England college.

The Postmistress Mysteries (as Jean Flowers), featuring Cassie Miller, postmistress in a western Massachusetts town.

The Alaskan Diner Mysteries (as Elizabeth Logan), featuring Charlotte "Charlie" Cooke, and her sleuthing crew in a fictitious Alaska town.

A stand-alone, KILLER IN THE CLOISTER, is available on Kindle and CreateSpace.

The nonfiction book, HOW TO LIVE WITH AN ENGINEER, is available on Kindle and Createspace.

Links to her books