Alice Boatright and I will be “in conversation” at the University of Washington Bookstore at 6pm PST on Monday, Oct 2nd. I am told there will also be a livestream option if you do not live in the Seattle area.
Please consider RSVPing if you are coming in person. It is a free event but there will be books for sale by both of us. There is also free parking!
I look forward to seeing locals at a bookstore where I have such strong memories.
I will be “in conversation” with fellow mystery author Alice Boatwright at 6pm. I’m so happy to be visiting my favorite bookstore when I was a kid, and my alma mater! It’s free to join us, and books will be available for purchase.
I received word today that Death and the Sisters has its first foreign rights deal, and will be published in print in Polish! My great-grandparents were refugees and exactly where they were born is unclear, but they were from roughly that part of the world, so I’m extra excited to see more of my books coming out in Polish.
It’s official! Death and the Sisters, the first book in my Mary Shelley historical mystery series, is up for preorder! The book is out on September 26th, which is sooner than I expected.
About the book:
Before there was Frankenstein, a young Mary Shelley, her stepsister Jane “Claire” Clairmont, and poet Percy Bysshe Shelley are drawn into a shocking murder investigation in this deliciously captivating new historical mystery revolving around the real-life trio who would later scandalize 19th century England even as they transformed the literary world.
London, 1814: Mary Godwin and her stepsister Jane Clairmont, both sixteen, possess quick minds bolstered by an unconventional upbringing, and have little regard for the rules that other young ladies follow. Mary, whose mother famously advocated for women’s rights, rejects the two paths that seem open to her—that of an assistant in her father’s bookshop, or an ordinary wife. Though quieter and more reserved than the boisterous Jane, Mary’s imagination is keen, and she longs for real-world adventures.
One evening, an opportunity arrives in the form of a dinner guest, Percy Bysshe Shelley. At twenty-one, Shelley is already a renowned poet and radical. Mary finds their visitor handsome and compelling, but it is later that evening, after the party has broken up, that events take a truly intriguing turn. When Mary comes downstairs in search of a book, she finds instead a man face down on the floor—with a knife in his back.
The dead man, it seems, was a former classmate of Shelley’s, and had lately become a personal and professional rival. What was he doing in the Godwins’ home? Mary, Jane, and Shelley are all drawn to learn the truth behind the tragedy, especially as each discovery seems to hint at a tangled web that includes many in Shelley’s closest circle. But as the attraction between Mary and the married poet intensifies, it sparks a rivalry between the sisters, even as it kindles the creative fire within . . .
If you’ve been reading my new book, A Twist of Murder, you know that most of it is set at Aga Academy (in Harrow on the Hill) in 1836. This is a boy’s school, and I had fun doing an acrylic painting of what the back garden looks like.
I wonder if it looks like a cold or warm day to you?
In Victorian England, aspiring author Charles Dickens is on the case again—in pursuit of missing orphans, legendary treasure, and a cold-blooded killer in the latest installment of Heather Redmond’s charming series that reimagines the famous writer as an amateur sleuth.
Harrow-on-the-Hill, March 1836: In a sense, orphans Ollie, John, and Arthur have always been treasure hunters. The mudlarks have gone from a hardscrabble life scavenging the banks of the Thames for bits and bobs to becoming students at a boarding school outside of London, thanks to the kind and generous intercession of Charles Dickens. But now they’re missing—as is, apparently, a treasure map.
When Charles arrives at the school, he’s hit with another twist—the servant girl who was allegedly in possession of the map has been strangled in the icehouse. Unbeknownst to them on their spirited adventure, his young friends may be in mortal danger. Now Charles and his fiancée Kate Hogarth, who has come to join him in the search for the runaways, must artfully dodge false leads and red herrings to find the boys and the map—before X marks the spot of their graves . . .