Research: Writing What You Don’t Know

Write what you know. Authors are frequently advised to do just that—except when we’re writing what we don’t know. Historical fiction is a case in point. I don’t expect that Ellis Peters had firsthand knowledge of Brother Cadfael’s 12th century … Continue reading




Music to Murder By: A Playlist

I love music. As readers turn the pages of Murder at the Moonshine Inn, #2 in my Hazel Rose Book Group series, they may hear the background music and lyrics that accompany this story of mystery and intrigue (there’s even … Continue reading




Murder on Tour Book Group: The Cast of Characters

In Murder at the Moonshine Inn, Hazel Rose recruits the Murder on Tour book group to help with a murder investigation. The group is well-connected in the community—there are two librarians, a business professional, and an active volunteer. And Hazel … 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




Hazel Rose’s Black Bean Chili

In Murder at the Book Group Hazel Rose needs to take a bereavement casserole to Evan, the victim’s husband (who happens to be Hazel’s first husband). Problem is, Hazel doesn’t “do” casseroles—but she can turn out a mean chili. In … Continue reading