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Southern California signings

November 10, 2009

I have a couple of  signings/talks/discussions/whatever coming up, having rescheduled after having to cancel when my back quit on me:

SAN DIEGO Mysterious Galaxy, Nov. 20th at 7 pm

LOS ANGELES Mystery Bookstore, Nov. 21st at noon.

Hope to see some of you one place or another.



Two books out today

September 15, 2009

SheerFolly The latest (18th)  Daisy Dalrymple mystery, out today from St Martin’s Minotaur. Available from all booksellers.

Daisy and her friend Lucy going in search of the best grotto in England for their book on follies (the architectural kind). To Lucy’s dismay, the grotto belongs to a manufacturer of plumbing fixtures, who bought the associated mansion from the ancient but impoverished family who once owned it. Lucy and Daisy are not the only unlikely guests: also visiting are their penniless schoolfriend, Julia, and her widowed mother; a high-up civil servant with his socialite wife; an earl who’s in love with Julia but having an affaire with the civil servant’s wife; and a mysterious Canadian. Together with the “plumber”s sister-in-law and her son, they make up a strained house-party where something is bound to explode–and does,  taking one of the guests with it. Daisy’s husband DCI Alec Fletcher and Lucy’s husband Gerald arrive just in time to see the grotto blow up…

View some real English grottos at and


Also out today, BLACK SHIP in paperback at last, the 17th Daisy mystery.

Daisy and  Alec and family move to Hampstead. When their dog finds a body in the communal garden, they soon find themselves involved with American rumrunners, bootleggers, and gangsters, not to mention a hapless US Revenue agent.

You can read some extraordinary (and very funny) stories about the trials of rumrunners here:

Hello world!

September 7, 2009

I’m a mystery and Regency author, born in the UK, living in the US. Also gardener, bird-watcher, dog-person, daily walker, interested in science, environmentally conscious and fairly conscientious, and a book lover.

For the moment, I’m just going to put links to my blog: The LadyKillers, and to my present web page. I’m also on Facebook so do come and visit me there.

. Geocities will be closing down next month so I’m trying to get a website going here on WordPress and making very heavy weather of it. But I have two books coming out this month, SHEER FOLLY and the paperback of BLACK SHIP (Daisy Dalrymple mysteries numbers 18 & 17) so I need to get something going!