Missing Authors: Update #5

The “Missing Author” series is back! Thank you readers, for wanting to know what happened to your favorite mystery authors who, for whatever reason, haven’t published in a while. Thanks also for introducing me to some great new-to-me authors. I really enjoyed the late Graham Landrum’s The Garden Club Mystery.

Read on for the latest updates:

Barbara D’Amato, author of three series set in Chicago. Brian D’amato (son?) posts frequently on her Facebook page. But she does not. Curious.

Jane Haddam, author of the Gregor Demarkian series, set in Philadelphia.

I emailed Ms. Haddam on May 25, 2017, asking about her plans for the Gregor Demarkian series. Fighting Chance is the most recent  book in the series, and that was published in 2014. She didn’t respond. However, on January 9, 2018, she introduced the Georgia Xenakis series with Dead Letters.

She’s blogging and has a new Facebook author page. She’s experimenting with a GoFundMe page. Read about it here.

On March 11, she posted that she was in the hospital and not feeling well.

M.D. Lake, aka Allen Simpson, author of the Peggy O’Neill mysteries, set in Minnesota. I was corresponding with the president of the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime a few months ago; she asked one of the chapter’s members to contact Allen. I haven’t heard back yet, but I’m following up.

Ann Ripley, author of the Gardening Mysteries. She’s on Facebook. On February 26, 2017, she posted to a friend:

My agent is looking at a mystery I’ve written. If someone buys it, I’ll go out and drink a couple of margaritas.

I hope Ms. Ripley has had success.

Corinne Holt Sawyer, author of the Angela Benbow and Caledonia Wingate series, set in Southern California.

Here’s her bio from FantasticFiction, and it’s fascinating. Ms. Sawyer has an impressive resume. She last published in 1999.

She’s 94 and lives in a retirement community in Carlsbad, California. Very nice! Apparently she’s enjoying the upscale lifestyle of her fictional sleuths, hopefully sans murder!

Beth Sherman, author of the Jersey Shore mysteries. According to a mutual mystery author friend, Ms. Sherman is a college professor and publishes fiction and poetry in literary journals. She has been pursuing her PhD. Apparently she has moved on from mysteries.

Christine Wenger, author of the Comfort Food Mystery series.

She is publishing western romances, and has a new one coming out on April 3, 2018. Here’s her response to my inquiry about the status of her diner series:

Unfortunately, the series ended after IT’S A  WONDERFUL KNIFE. The publisher didn’t want it anymore. Darn it! I am writing bull rider books for Harlequin right now, but you never know. I might  publish more of Trixie and the gang  myself!!  

Thanks for writing. I appreciate your interest. And sorry for the delay in replying to you.

Chris

Updates from Previous Posts

Shirley Damsgaard, author of the Ophelia and Abby series, set in small town Iowa. Shirley accepted my Facebook request and she is a frequent poster. Earlier this year I sent her a Facebook message, asking if she planned to return to her series. She didn’t respond. But I followed a hunch and found this Facebook posting from Shirley on September 17, 2017:

Thanks for all the comments on my little survey! There were so many that I couldn’t reply to each one separately! And a special thanks to everyone who wants more Ophelia and Abby! It means more than I can say that there is still an interest in “the girls!” Even after all this time since the last release! I am trying to get back in the game so to speak and doing some rearranging in my life to make it more conducive to writing.

A little background on what set me pondering the short story-novella question. On Saturday, I had a terrific time attending a reading given by one of my “besties” and fellow author, Tamara Jones (totally unbiased pitch here…she has a new book coming out October 3rd, “Morgan’s Run,” and as one of her first readers, I can tell you, it’s really good! 👍) Anyway, at the reading, I also met her publisher, Aaron Bunce, and as things usually go when those involved in the industry get together, the conversation turned to marketing and how to be successful. It brought to mind as to whether or not short stories and novellas could be used as an effective tool to help build a readership, but I wondered just how popular they are.

It seems from your comments, that most of you do enjoy them. AND several of you made important points….1. don’t leave you hanging at the end of the story; 2. Use the story to give you further insight into the series’ characters. The last point was something I really hadn’t considered while working on this current piece, but will now! Tink plays a more central role in this story and, thanks to your comments, I will definitely look at ways to let you all get to know her better!

Again, thanks for the input!

End of Shirley’s post

Shirley did publish a collection of stories, Shadow Tales, in 2011. It includes an Ophelia and Abby story.

Madelyn Alt. I get more requests on her whereabouts than for any other author. I don’t have any info on her beyond this post from 2016.


I’m having a tough time finding information on the status of the following authors. If you know anything, please leave a comment:

K.J.Erickson, author of the Mars Bahr series, set in Minneapolis

Lynda Robinson, creator of Lord Meren, chief investigator for Pharaoh Tutankhamun in ancient Egypt.

Mary Stanton (pseud. Claudia Bishop), a prolific writer of mysteries set in Upstate New York and Savannah, Georgia.

Earl Emerson, author of two series set in Washington State: Mac Fontana, ex-firefighter and arson investigator; and Thomas Black, bicycling-enthusiast private eye. The last Thomas Black story was published in 2015.

Barbara Taylor McCafferty (pseud. Tierney McClellan) and Beverly Taylor Herald, twin sisters and one time prolific authors of several series.

Jean Hager, wrote three series set in Oklahoma and Missouri

Sharon Kahn, creator of Ruby Rothman, a rabbi’s widow in Eternal, Texas


Posts from my “Missing Authors” series, in chronological order:

Missing Rochelle Krich

Discovering a Lost Author: John J. Lamb

Whatever Happened to Gabrielle Kraft?

Whatever Happened to (Name an Author)?

In Memory of My Favorite Mystery Authors (And Maybe Yours)

Those Missing Authors: An Update

Missing Author Found!

Missing Authors: Update 2

“Missing Authors: Update 3”

“Missing Authors: Update 4”


Do you have a favorite author who hasn’t written in some time and isn’t included in one of the above posts? Yes? Include the name(s) in the comments section and I’ll see what I can find out. It may take me some time but I will get back to you, either personally or in an upcoming blog post.

Some authors are easy to find, while some are not. Fortunately, many still maintain websites and are active on social media so I can contact them. Often life circumstances put her or his writing on hold. Some are making a comeback with a new series. Sadly, I find that some have left us for the great beyond. Others have seemingly vanished.

Find bibliographies for the above authors on Stop You’re Killing Me, a great resource for mystery lovers.

 

 

When in Wales …

It’s a pleasure to once again host mystery author Amy Reade. Yesterday she launched her new release, Murder in Thistlecross, #3 in the Malice series. If you love tales of complex characters driven to desperate acts to guard their secrets and fortune, this series is for you. 

Amy has been here before. This past August she interviewed Sylvie Carmichael, the main character in Highland Peril, #2 in the Malice series. See the interview here

Without further ado, here’s Amy.


Maybe it’s because I’m always hungry, or maybe it’s because I just love to cook, but when I write I’m sometimes surprised to find that food almost always manages to make its way into what I’m writing.

My new release, Murder in Thistlecross, is no different. I went through a cheese-and-crackers stage while I wrote the book, and you might find that the characters enjoy their cheese and crackers, too. Weird, huh? And Maisie, the cook in the castle where the book is set, provides all manner of tasty meals for the castle guests.

So I guess it’s only natural that when I talked to Maggie about writing this post, she suggested that I write about food. Sounds good to me!

The food of Wales, like the food of any nation or culture, is unique in its use of certain ingredients. In the United States, we like our potatoes and corn (and cheeseburgers). In Germany, it’s sausage and dark breads. And in many parts of the UK, it’s fish and chips.

In Wales, it’s leeks and potatoes, though there are many other foods that, while not necessarily unique to Wales, are prepared in ways that are special to Wales.

Take, for example, Welsh Rarebit. I had heard of it a thousand times, but until my husband ordered it in a restaurant several years ago, I had no idea what it was. I assumed it contained rabbit and had been spelled wrong on purpose for centuries.

Wrong.

It’s cheese on toast. And it’s delicious.

Clearly, neither cheese nor toast can be claimed as a Welsh specialty, but Welsh Rarebit? That’s a Welsh dish—the word “Welsh” is even in the name (the recipe is below).

Ever heard of Minwel Tibbott? I thought not. She was a Welsh historian and anthropologist who was instrumental in transcribing the words and memories of elderly Welsh people (particularly women) during the mid-twentieth century. It was her job and her passion to record their cooking methods and recipes (often dating to the late nineteenth century), many of which had never been written down, for future generations of Welsh cooks. She traveled all over Wales to properly record memories, including the old way of life, availability of foodstuffs, and culinary heritage.

So, Minwel, thank you for the service you provided to all the people of Wales and around the world who appreciate good food and good stories.

I thought I’d share a couple recipes with you before I go. All are adapted from A Taste of Wales by Annette Yates. They’re all traditionally Welsh dishes, and I’ve provided the original Welsh spelling of each dish (though don’t ask me to pronounce them—I think Welsh must be one of the most difficult languages to learn). Enjoy!

Welsh Rarebit: Caws wedi pobi

2 thick slices of bread

2 tsp. butter, softened

2 tsp. mustard (can be regular, spicy, stone-ground, whatever you prefer)

4 ounces crumbly cheddar cheese, grated (Welsh Caerphilly cheese, if possible)

Black pepper

Paprika

Combine butter, mustard, and grated cheese in a small bowl. Set aside.

Preheat the broiler to high. Broil both sides of the bread until lightly toasted. Be careful to watch the bread—it’ll burn easily!

Spread cheese mixture on toast and broil again until cheese is bubbly and golden, just a couple minutes.

Sprinkle with a pinch of pepper and a pinch of paprika; serve hot.

Whinberry and Apple Tart: Tarten lus ac afalau

2 ¼ c. all-purpose flour

5-6 tbsp. sugar, divided, plus extra for sprinkling

10 tbsp butter, chilled and cut into small cubes

1 egg

Ice water

2 apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped

2 tsp. cornstarch

3 c. whinberries (also known as blueberries)

Milk for brushing

Sift flour and 2 tbsp. sugar into a medium bowl. Add the butter and rub with your fingers until mixture resembles fine crumbs.

Stir in the egg and enough ice water to form a smooth dough. Wrap dough and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 190 C/375 F/Gas mark 5. Roll out half of dough on a lightly-floured surface, then transfer to 9-inch pie plate. Allow excess to hang over edge. Roll out remaining dough to make a top crust.

Toss apples with cornstarch until evenly coated, then transfer to the pie plate. Scatter whinberries on top and sprinkle 3-4 tbsp. sugar over the mixture. Cover fruit with top crust; seal and crimp edges, discarding excess dough. Make a small slit in the top of the pie for steam to escape.

Brush the top of the pie with a bit of milk and sprinkle with a bit more sugar.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, until pastry is crisp and golden and filling is cooked through.

Teabread: Bara brith

1 1/3 c. mixed dried fruit and candied peels (such as raisins, dates, candied orange peel, etc.)

1 c. strong hot tea

2 c. self-rising flour

1 t. apple pie spice

2 tbsp butter

8 tbsp. light brown sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

Place fruit in a medium heatproof bowl and cover with tea. Cover and leave at room temperature several hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas mark 4. Grease a 2-lb. bread pan and line with parchment paper.

Stir flour and apple pie spice in a large mixing bowl. Add butter and use your fingers to rub it into the flour/spice until mixture resembles fine crumbs.

Stir in sugar; stir in fruit and soaking liquid. Stir in egg.

Stir entire mixture well until it has a soft consistency.

Transfer mixture to prepared bread pan; level the surface of the dough.

Bake for about one hour until bread tests done. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.


Amy M. Reade is the USA Today bestselling author of The Malice Series, consisting of The House on Candlewick Lane, Highland Peril, and Murder in Thistlecross, all of which are set in the United Kingdom. She has also written a cozy mystery, The Worst Noel, and three standalone novels of gothic suspense: Secrets of Hallstead House, The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, and House of the Hanging Jade.

Amy is a recovering attorney living in Southern New Jersey. She is active in community organizations and loves reading, cooking, and traveling when she’s not writing. She is currently working on a contemporary mystery set in Washington, DC, a historical mystery set in Cape May County, New Jersey, and a second cozy.

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Thanks, Amy! Excuse me while I book my next vacation … to Wales.

What do (some) writers and religious fundamentalists have in common?

Welcome back, John Lindermuth! Today is launch day for John’s latest, In Silence Sealed, and I’m thrilled that he’s celebrating here. Let me tell you, In Silence Sealed is quite a page turner!

And it’s John’s third visit to my blog. In September, 2016, he talked about Shares the Darkness. He returned in April, 2017 when he released Geronimo Must Die.

It’s all yours, John. Give us a glimpse of In Silence Sealed.


Some writers are like religious fundamentalists.

They read, or hear someone discuss a rule they’ve heard about, and it becomes gospel. It doesn’t have to come from Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style to start them red penciling whole paragraphs of a novel. Just mention “rule” and it immediately becomes scripture, part of a revised Talmud, and you couldn’t pay them to violate it.

They forget rules are intended to be guides and not a new version of the Quran. Rules are not absolute law. Generally there’s good reasoning behind them and it pays to abide by them. There are also times when they can and should be violated. And, if you should break one of these rules, you won’t have the Taliban pursuing you (though some critic may lambast you).

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing are observed with ritual devotion by some scriveners. I love Leonard’s work. I think he’s a great stylist and the rules are a sound selection. But, with little effort, I’m sure you can find many admirable writers who’ve broken some of these rules at one time or another. In fact, if you read a lot of Elmore’s stories (as I have) you’ll see even he occasionally drifts from the canon. This isn’t blasphemy. Leonard sometimes spoke with tongue in cheek and was aware of Somerset Maugham’s dictum: “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

This matter of rules applies equally to those in law enforcement. One such unspoken rule poses a quandary for Stick’s friend Aaron Brubaker, Swatara Creek police chief, in my latest novel, In Silence Sealed, eighth in the Sticks Hetrick series.

Aaron’s daughter, Lydia, is the prime suspect when her new boyfriend Jason Russell is murdered. The rule in question prevents Aaron from being involved in the investigation, which is being conducted by State Police. Aaron’s frustration is only minimally relieved when State Police Sgt. Chris Runyan agrees to Hetrick’s assistance and permits Swatara Creek Cpl. Harry Minnich to help with forensics. Brubaker’s worries increase with discovery the pistol he’d insisted Lydia carry is missing and may be the murder weapon.

Blurb:
Lydia, daughter of Swatara Creek Police Chief Aaron Brubaker, is accused of murdering her boyfriend Jason Russell, handsome but feckless stepson of Clay Stoneroad, a famous writer who recently moved to a farm outside town.

Daniel “Sticks” Hetrick, now a county detective, is determined to prove Lydia’s innocence. His job is made more difficult when the weapon her father insisted she carry is found missing.

Mysteries surround the Stoneroad family. Vickie Walker, a strange young woman also recently arrived in town insists that Nan Calder, the writer’s secretary, is her sister, a claim Calder denies. Then Diana Wozniak, reporter for a sleazy tabloid, is the victim of a hit-and-run accident and police learn she attempted to blackmail the writer.

The sudden disappearance of Lydia and Vickie puts Hetrick and his friends in a desperate race against time to find them, unravel secrets and apprehend the real killer.

Excerpt:
Hetrick pulled his pickup in beside the State Police cruiser, switched off the engine and swigged the last of his coffee. It wasn’t unusual for him to be called in for a serious crime in his territory but, gazing round, it surprised him the locals hadn’t arrived on the scene.

A young trooper stepped up as he exited the truck. “Detective Hetrick?”

“Yes.”

“They’re waiting for you in the paddock behind the barn, sir,” he said, gesturing in the direction.

“Swatara Creek not here yet?”

The trooper gave him a perplexed look. “Uh, no, sir.”

Gravel crunching underfoot, Hetrick headed up the grade. He glanced toward the house and saw a light in a window at the rear in what he assumed must be the kitchen. A curl of smoke lifted from a chimney into a gray sky. There was a chill in the air and frost glistened in the faded grass of the yard. Hetrick drew up the collar of his coat.

Reaching the paddock he saw Doc Furman bent over a body on the ground. Sergeant Chris Runyan nodded and gave a quick two-finger salute as he noted Hetrick’s approach. Runyan was as tall as Sticks but with a heavier build. He wore the traditional PSP campaign hat with a black commando sweater over his gray uniform shirt and dark trousers.

“Morning, Sticks,” Runyan said, blue eyes in a ruddy face twinkling. “It’s been a while since we called you out of bed this early in the day,” he added with a grin. 

“What have we got?”

“Male, late twenties, early thirties,” Doc said, gazing up. “Gunshot wound to the temple.”

“Jason Russell,” Runyan added. He pointed toward the house. “Lived here with his mother, stepfather and the stepfather’s secretary.”

“I know who he is,” Hetrick said. “I’ve met Mr. Stoneroad. Who found the body?”“From what we’ve been told, the secretary. I haven’t finished my interviews. We’ll go in when the doctor is done here.”

“Has Aaron been notified? Unusual for his people to arrive later than us.”

Runyan shook his head. “Haven’t called him.”

Sticks gave him a puzzled look.


Intrigued? Like I said, In Silence Sealed is a page turner. Order your copy here. 

J.R. Lindermuth, a retired newspaper editor, lives and writes in a house built by a man who rode with Buffalo Bill Cody. He has published more than 16 novels and a non-fiction regional history. His short stories and articles have been published in a variety of magazines. He is a member of International Thriller Writers and is a past vice president of the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

Links:
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Thanks, John!

 

WAR and PEACE: My Thoughts on Tolstoy’s Saga

War and Peace is a masterpiece. It’s Leo Tolstoy’s epic, epic account of the history of the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Russian society as seen through the lens of five Russian aristocratic families. It clocks in at 587,287 words.

Why I read it

Call it a personal challenge, my bucket list book. Over the past year, I’ve received a series of nudges from the good reading angel who sits on my shoulder:

  • Author Gayle Bartos-Pool wrote a thoughtful post, prompted by a TV news story about teachers who no longer wanted to teach the classics. She makes a good case for keeping the classics alive and offers examples of the authors we would do well to discover, or re-discover—Alexandre Dumas, Mark Twain, Ray Bradbury. E. Phillips Oppenheim. She doesn’t specifically mention Leo Tolstoy or War and Peace, but that’s the title that buzzed through my mind as I read her post.
  • War and Peace is all about Trump. Who Knew?” Naturally the title of Fred Hiatt’s article in the Washington Post intrigued me. Now I won’t comment on our leader but, love him or hate him, understanding him could only be helpful. Mr. Hiatt states that War and Peace is not only about Donald Trump, but that it can guide us in responding to his presidency. Interesting reading.
  • About a year ago my sister told me she was reading it. Sibling rivalry, perhaps?
  • I remembered how I loved Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.
  • It’s a classic.

Why I didn’t read it sooner

  • It’s, well, long. I’ve read other long tomes—The Fountainhead, Middlemarch, the aforementioned Anna Karenina, The Brothers Karamazov, Gone with the Wind, and Atlas Shrugged—but that was before I took up the pen and turned out my own much shorter tomes, giving me less time to read. The idea of devoting two-plus months to one book didn’t appeal.
  • I did try to read War and Peace back in the seventies but quickly got bogged down by the long Russian names that all seemed with start with K.
  • I would have to abandon my runaway TBR list.

Still, the good reading angel persisted …

It was time.

I started War and Peace on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23, 2017) and read THE END on January 29, 2018. Okay, I’m a slow reader, plus I took a break a couple of times to review a book as a favor for an author friend.

What do I think of it?

I won’t offer a literary critique. That’s been done many times.

I will say that it’s magnificent. Tolstoy uses his characters to explore issues of life and death, seeking higher meaning and purpose in both. Some characters are likable, some are not, but they’re all well-developed and compelling. Unlike with my first attempt in the seventies, I didn’t have a hard time keeping track of them. They are not consistently named—a character may be addressed by his/her first name, nickname, various surnames, or title. And my seventies memory tricked me about the names starting with K. I didn’t find that pattern this time around.

The story of the French invasion of Russia and its effect on the country is fascinating. The aristocratic families, with their drama, intrigue, and romance captivated me.

It’s easy to read. The chapters aren’t long, but there are plenty of them. Interestingly, despite the title, there is little peace.

The downside: I guess I’ve mentioned that it’s looooonnng. The plot dragged at times. Tolstoy now and again abandons the characters and lapses into tedious ramblings on philosophy or military strategy. I’d rather read a story from the point of view of the characters. The man really needed a good editor.

As for the president, do I understand him better? Let me think about that one.

As I approached the last pages, I got a catalog in the mail from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and learned of an upcoming exhibit: Napoleon: Power and Splendor. What timing! I’ll be there. June 9-September 3.

A while back I wondered how War and Peace measured up with other long books. The Blah Story (interesting title) by Nigel Tomm is 3,277,227 words and Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past is 1.5 million words. And no, I have no plans to tackle either. With a word count of only 587,287, War and Peace is a mere novella.

Do I recommend that you read War and Peace?

Definitely. Despite my harping on the length, I heartily recommend this classic and sweeping saga of history and romance. On February 2, the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter. Perfect time to get started. If you’re in a warmer climate, camp out under a tree with the beverage of your choice.

And what am I reading now? Short stories. Really. And there’s that TBR list.

 

 

Women, Men, Money, and a GIVEAWAY!

Today my guest is Frances Aylor, author of Money Grab, a financial thriller. Frances is not only a terrific writer, but she knows the world of investing. She’s giving away 1 copy of Money Grab to a lucky winner. Just leave a comment … it could be you.

Here’s Frances:

Can women manage money? Many men don’t think they can. A lot of women aren’t too sure, either. They think investing is too complicated or too boring.

Check out Money Grab, my fast-paced financial thriller that explores the cutthroat business of managing money, where fear and greed are primary motivators, and advisors will do almost anything to attract and keep clients.

Robbie Bradford, the heroine of Money Grab, is a financial advisor who manages money for wealthy clients. In her mid-thirties, she’s smart, ambitious and very good at her job, which puts her on the fast track to partnership. She’s also a wife and mother, struggling to balance the needs of her family with the demands of her firm.

Then a family tragedy changes everything. Robbie is overcome with guilt and grief, and directs all the blame toward her colleague Vivian. When Vivian is killed, Robbie becomes the primary murder suspect. Can she find the killer before she’s the next victim of a malicious money grab?

Why did I write this book? Because I love investing. I love travel (part of Money Grab takes place in the Caribbean). And I love mysteries.

I hold the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and worked in the investment industry. My job took me to conferences in New York, New Orleans, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco and Vancouver. I interviewed company managements and Wall Street analysts. I toured an electrical power plant in Argentina and spent a day on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Not exactly boring, right? Then my company downsized following the 2008 financial crisis. Suddenly unemployed, I decided it was time to follow up on my dream of someday writing a novel.

It was a lot harder than I thought. James River Writers, a local organization, provided good information on both the craft and business of writing. Sisters in Crime, a national organization of female mystery writers, helped me understand the criminal mind. My writing critique groups inspired me to revise and revise and revise, until I had a manuscript that I thought was ready for publication. The book came out in May 2017, and I am thrilled and humbled by the warm responses I have received from readers, many of whom have invited me to speak at their book clubs. I have also won IngramSpark’s 2017 Rising Star Award for new authors.

Money Grab is the first in a series of Robbie Bradford novels. I’m working on the second now, which will include several of the characters from Money Grab. The new novel is set in Switzerland, where the family of Robbie’s client is squabbling about their inheritance. Like Money Grab, it is fast-paced, full of action, and will keep you turning pages to find out what happens next.

 

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