Hi. Barb here and thank you so much for asking.
I have an embarrassment of riches in the last quarter of 2016–two books launching!
Eggnog Murder is coming October 25, 2015 in hardcover, ebook, and audio. (Large print is coming later). The book is a collection of holiday novellas by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and me, based on each of our Maine-based cozy mystery series. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said, “This anthology boasts three terrific tales of yuletide murder in coastal Maine…It’s not just the nog: sparkly writing, and emotional depth link this trio of holiday cozies.” About my contribution to the collection, “Nogged Off,” PW said, “…a creepily convincing tale of tinsel-decked, cookie-scented psychopathology.” (Which I kind of love as a description.)
I call this book Maine Clambake Mystery #4.5 because my story, “Nogged Off” picks up right after Fogged Inn ends. When Julia travels to New York City to empty her apartment, she meets her subtenant and things spiral out of control. I loved incorporating the holiday traditions from my Maine coastal town, as well as some from my family.
Iced Under releases on December 27, 2016. Here’s the description:
The snow is deep in Maine’s Busman’s Harbor and the mighty rivers are covered in ice. Snowden Family Clambake Company proprietor Julia Snowden and her mother, Jacqueline, are hunkered down for the winter when a mysterious package arrives—heating up February with an unexpected case of murder . . .
I loved writing this story of how Julia Snowden’s mother’s family made the money that enabled them to build their mansion on private Morrow Island, and how they lost it. I hope my readers love it, too.
To support these books, I have a busy fall lined up. Here’s a list of upcoming appearances.
Friday, September 30, through Saturday, October 1, 2016
I’ll appear with a host of other Maine mystery authors at Murder by the Book
Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
I’ll appear with a host of other mystery writers at Mysterium: The Mystery Novel Conference. (Registration required.) I’ll teach a course in Revising Your Mystery and moderate the cozy mystery panel.
Usdan University Center
45 Wyllis Ave
Middletown CT, 06459
October 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm
I’ll participate with Maine authors Kate Flora and Lea Wait in “Death and Desserts.”
South Berwick Public Library
27 Young Street
South Berwick, Maine 03908
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm
I’ll speak and sign with author Lea Wait at
Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookshop and Cafe
158 Main Street
Damariscotta, ME 04543
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
I’ll be reading and signing with most of the Maine Crime Writers at
375 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101
Friday, November 11, through Sunday, November 13, 2016
I’ll appear at the New England Crime Bake (Registration Required). I’ll be moderating a panel on Creating Your Town.
25 Allied Drive
Dedham, MA 02026
I’m looking forward to my busy fall and would love to see any Maine Crime Writers readers at any of these events!
I can’t wait for this, I wish she could come out to California.
I wish I could come out to California, Penney!
I’m so glad that you are BUSY. As a fan and reader I love the Julia Snowden series. I’m also finding I like Novellas, that little extra bit about characters we like. Glad Julia is cleaning out her apartment
I loved writing a novella. (My first.) My novels are always too short, and my short stories are always too long, so I thought the novella might be my sweet spot. And it was!