“...one of the most satisfying mysteries you will read this year.” – Suspense Magazine on Grave Expectations

First in the new historical mystery series, A Dickens of a Crime

Second in the series! Available for preorder now. Releases July 30th, 2019.

Starring Charles Dickens and Kate Hogarth

Charles DickensKate Hogarth

About the Book

On the eve of the Victorian era, London has a new sleuth . . .

In the winter of 1835, young Charles Dickens is a journalist on the rise at the Evening Chronicle. Invited to dinner at the estate of the newspaper’s co-editor, Charles is smitten with his boss’s daughter, vivacious nineteen-year-old Kate Hogarth. They are having the best of times when a scream shatters the pleasant evening. Charles, Kate, and her father rush to the neighbors’ home, where Miss Christiana Lugoson lies unconscious on the floor. By morning, the poor young woman will be dead.

When Charles hears from a colleague of a very similar mysterious death a year ago to the date, also a young woman, he begins to suspect poisoning and feels compelled to investigate. The lovely Kate offers to help—using her social position to gain access to the members of the upper crust, now suspects in a murder. If Charles can find justice for the victims, it will be a far, far better thing than he has ever done. But with a twist or two in this most peculiar case, he and Kate may be in for the worst of times . . .


A Tale of Two Murders, 2018

Grave Expectations, 2019

A Christmas Carol Murder, 2020


August 2, 2019 7 pm: University of Washington Bookstore, 15311 Main Street, Mill Creek, WA Topic:  Researching Historical Fiction

August 3, 2019 10 am: Langley Library, 104 2nd St., Langley, WA Topic:  How Authors Craft Exciting Mysteries

August 10, 2019 2 pm:  Vintage Books, 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661  Topic:  Evolving the Dickens of a Crime World

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