The Gray Whale
Inn Mysteries

A savory blend of New England charm, delightfully eccentric characters, humor and mouth-watering recipes… all served with a side of murder.


Tales of an
Urban Werewolf

A swift-paced, fun romp through supernatural Austin.


Margie Peterson

If you love a mystery with the most unlikeliest P.I. EVER… with enough snort-worthy moments to have the family looking up and wanting to know what’s tickled your fancy… then, yeah, pay Margie Peterson a visit. You will not be disappointed.


Dewberry Farm

Clever plotting, charming characters — and of course, decadent recipes, will leave you hungry for more.


Recent Posts


Claws for Alarm is available for pre-order!

Happy February! I hope you’re not too demoralized despite that groundhog punk Phil declaring six more weeks of winter!

If you need a little pick-me-up, here’s the cover reveal for the eighth Gray Whale Inn mystery, Claws for Alarm, which is available for pre-order and will be out before you know it. Gwen and Adam are planning their wedding, Charlene’s romantic life is on the rocks again, Claudette’s goats are under threat, and there’s yet another loose cannon on the island… until someone decides to take matters into his or her own hands. It’s a summery read… a perfect antidote to sub-freezing days. (And I’m really excited about the recipes… yum.)

If you’re a member of the Readers’ Circle, check your inbox for a link to the recipe for Natalie’s Guiltless (Or Gluten-Free, Anyway) Flourless Chocolate Cake!

In other news, I’m working on the fifth Dewberry Farm mystery, Dyeing Season.  (I’ll have that cover reveal and pre-order in the next Reader’s Circle update.) I’m really excited about this one. It’s kidding season at the farm, and a lot of people are getting their feathers ruffled over… chickens. There will be plenty of bluebonnets, dyed eggs, baby goats… and, of course, murder. (Goats and murder. I’m noticing a theme in my work lately. Huh.) At any rate, I’m having a blast writing it!

I also want to let you know that the first two Dewberry Farm books, Killer Jam and Fatal Frost, are on sale for only two bucks each through the end of February (that’s for e-book… paperbacks are also on sale, I believe). Get them cheap while you can!

I hope things are warm and cozy in your part of the world.  Thanks as always for all of your support, and I’ll be in touch again soon!  <3

Mistletoe Murder is out!

Happy Holidays!

I hope the season is finding you warm and cozy with lots of books and goodies to hand. But if your TBR pile is getting a little short or you’re looking for a last-minute gift for a book lover, I want to remind you that Mistletoe Murder is ready for some cozy Christmas reading (and gifting)!

Readers are really responding to the new book, and I’m tickled pink. “This one is a charmer, making you want to go visit the Texas Hill Country during the holidays,” writes one Amazon reviewer.

And from Dru’s Book Musings blog… “From the murder, to the sweet romance of Lucy and Tobias to taking care of the animals and the farm, to the likable residents of Buttercup, Texas, this was the best book in this lovable series that leaves me smiling and wanting more.”

Which is all very encouraging as I work on the fifth book in the series, Dyeing Season, which is set around Easter. I’ll be revealing the cover soon! (Not to mention Claws for Alarm, the next Gray Whale Inn mystery… which is now up for pre-order! (The paperback will be available at release date, which is this March.)

I have some last-minute shopping and baking to do, so I’m going to sign off now.  Enjoy the peace of the season, I hope your stocking is filled with good books… and I’ll check back in soon with a cover reveal!

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