Anthologies for the Holidays

In Iceland, the best Christmas gift is a book. For me, it’s the best gift anywhere, anytime. How about an anthology for the mystery/thriller fans on your list? It’s the solution to the quandary, “What does Aunt Denise like to … Continue reading

My Launch for Murder at the Moonshine Inn

Saturday’s launch for Murder at the Moonshine Inn was a success. It was a lovely, warm day in Richmond, Virginia, but that didn’t stop friends, old and new, from coming out to wish me well and get a signed copy … Continue reading

Starting in the Middle of a Series. Do you ever?

Do you ever start in the middle of an established series? I can hear you gasp though cyberspace right now! At my first mystery book group in Santa Clarita, California, I drove my fellow readers wild with my lack of … Continue reading

If You Like Mysteries Set in Bookstores, Here’s a List For You …

Last month readers enjoyed my list of mysteries set in book groups. I promised a similar list of crime series set in bookstores; some feature dealers in rare books. Without further ado, here’s the list (feel free to add your … Continue reading


The Great Self-Published: Indy Writers for Your Reading Pleasure

For the past year I’ve been reading, and enjoying, mysteries by self-published authors. I’m impressed with the care they take with crafting their stories as well as with editing, formatting, and cover designs. Here are a few of the authors whose works I’ve especially enjoyed:

Anne R. Allen is the author of the hilarious Camilla Randall mysteries. She has a terrific blog on her site designed with writers in mind.

A Cereal Killer

Morgana Best This Australian author has turned out four series to date. Her covers are a work of art.

Rod Hoisington created a series set in steamy Florida. Intrepid Sandy Reid balances solving murder mysteries with romance and law studies.

Ellen Elizabeth Hunter pens the Magnolia Mysteries, a series of cozy mysteries set in historic Wilmington, North Carolina and nearby Wrightsville Beach.

C.A. Larmer, another author from Down Under, created the Ghostwriter Mystery Series, set in Sydney.

Vivian Lawry and W. Lawrence Gulick co-wrote the Chesapeake Bay series with sleuths from the academic world.

Tony Piazza

Tony Piazza is a film historian and author of mysteries set in 1930s Southern California. He worked regularly as an extra and stand-in on multiple Hollywood movies and television shows shot in San Francisco during the 1970s, including Towering Inferno, High Anxiety, Magnum Force, and Streets of San Francisco. Read about his Hollywood experiences on his blog.

Cindy Sample is the national bestselling author of the humorous and romantic Laurel McKay mysteries, a  series set in Sacramento.

Angela M. Sanders writes smart, quirky mysteries featuring Joanna Hayworth, owner of a vintage clothing store in Portland, Oregon. She has started a series of wacky caper novels. She puts out a monthly newsletter that I think is one of the best around. Subscribe on her web site at

Jeff Sherratt wrote the Jimmy O’Brien mystery series, set in 1970s Southern California. Sadly, he passed away in 2012. Read my tribute to him in my “In Memory Of” post here.


Pamela Samuels Young, described by one reviewer as “John Grisham with a sister’s twist,” is an attorney who turns out page-turning legal thrillers and doesn’t shy away from sex scenes. She also gives workshops on self-publishing.


There are many other self-published authors I can recommend, but this is a good start. Some, like Tina Glasneck and M.E. Maki, are next up on my list. You can find books by the authors mentioned in this post on Amazon and other online book stores; your local brick-and-mortar store will order copies for you.


Readers, do you have your own favorite self-published authors to recommend? All genres are welcome.