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A crazy American writing English mysteries.

Background Information

As long as I can remember I've loved everything British -- from the folk music, countryside and villages to the 15th-17th century history and of course English mysteries!  I grew up reading Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes and the Golden Age mystery authors.  The more history I read of Britain, the more I wanted to learn about the people.  When I discovered what I considered 'odd' customs such as Guy Fawkes Day or Turning the Devil's Stone, I became more and more fascinated -- not only at the longevitiy of the continuing customs but also with the history behind them.  I knew I had to incorporate them into my own mystery novels.

The great Golden Age mystery author Ngaio Marsh has probably influenced me the most.  I love her characters and her sense of 'place.'  That same sense is evident in other favorite authors of mine, such as duMaurier and the Bronte sisters.  I think this feeling of place, nearly a character in itself, is evident in my books, too.

I like the controlled world of the novel, creating the village and characters and having the good guy win in the end.  I like justice prevailing and the victim's friends and family at least feeling like the wrong-doer will be punished. 

I am a lover of the classic style of mystery, fascinated with the knotty puzzle and watching the detective figure out whodunit.  Because I like Ngaio Marsh novels so much, I also like the character-driven plot.  Again, these elements have influenced my own writing.

Birth Place
St Louis, MO US

Authored 8 published mystery novels in 5 1/2 years.
Authored 3 short stories in 3 mystery anthologies.
Graduated from Webster University with a BA in English and Departmental Honors

Additional Information

I write two English mystery series: the Taylor & Graham mysteries use a different English custom as the backbone of each book’s plot. To date, there are seven published books in this series; I've just completed writing the eighth book. The McLaren Case Mysteries series features ex-cop Michael McLaren who now investigates cold cases on his own. SIREN SONG, the series’ initial offering, was published in April this year. The second book, SWAN SONG, will be published in April 2011. I have a book signing already scheduled for next June at Tutbury Castle, in England – where part of the novel takes place.

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