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


Deadly Brew has hit the virtual shelves! (Plus, snap up a Margie book for a mere $1.99.)

Deadly Brew goes on sale tomorrow!

I had a ton of fun writing this Halloween book… it’s got witches, a haunted house, tarot cards, and, of course, ghosts.  There’s a fabulous recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Butter at the end, too… perfect for fall!

In other news, the entire Margie Peterson series (Mother’s Day Out, Mother Knows Best, and Mother’s Little Helper)  is on sale through the end of September.  Kindle books are a mere $1.99 each, and the paperbacks are half price.  Snap them up while you can!

I really hope you enjoy Deadly Brew, and that it gets you in the mood for spiced cider (or mead) and cozy autumn evenings by the fire.  I’m currently collecting ideas for the next one (as well as a new paranormal cozy series… more soon), and I’m hard at work on the eighth Gray Whale Inn mystery, Claws for Alarm (thank you to Child #2 for the catchy title). I’ll be sending out a sneak peek to Readers’ Circle members, so be sure to sign up!

The whole farm’s on sale in June!

Happy June! We’re awash in cucumbers here in Austin… I’m making quinoa salad every other day to get through them (if you’d like a copy of the recipe, I’ll be sending it to members of the Readers’ Circle next week; please come join us! You can sign up at the top of this page).   Here is just a sample of what I’m faced with daily… anyone have a good pickle recipe?  :O

An embarrassment of riches.  And future pickles.

I just LOVE this new cover!

On the writing front, I wanted to let you know that the first two Dewberry Farm mysteries (Killer Jam and Fatal Frost) are on sale for 99 cents on Kindle through the end of June… and the third book, Deadly Brew, is available for pre-order! The books have gotten almost 350 5-star reviews so far, and I’m tickled pink.  Thank you so much to all of the readers who have taken the time to leave reviews; they really, really, make a difference.  And look at this new, lovely cover! Deadly Brew will be out September 4… in both paperback and e-book, even though only the e-book is available for pre-order at the moment.  I’m working on audiobook production, too (and am currently in negotiations for audiobooks for the rest of the Gray Whale Inn mysteries).

When I’m not weeding the garden, making quinoa salad and Googling pickle recipes, I am spending a good bit of time at my local coffee house, Trianon, drinking coffee out of one of the special mugs they save for me and tapping away on my computer.  (Only some of the time on Facebook, where you’re welcome to join me).  Right now, Deadly Brew is front and center, and I’m having a grand time with haunted houses, poison, witches, and Halloween hi-jinks.  And maybe all this writing about witches has sparked something… I have a new paranormal cozy series in mind, which I’m sketching out in between writing scenes.  I haven’t decided if I should set it in New England, Ireland, or England… feel free to drop me a line if you have a preference! (I plan to tackle the eighth Gray Whale Inn mystery shortly, as well.)

Thank you, as always, for joining me on my adventures… you inspire me to write more every day! <3

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