My new mystery novel, A DAGGER AMONG FRIENDS, is now available in print and eBook! Click here to grab your copy!

For fans of Hallmark Mysteries, Agatha Raisin, and Stephanie Plum, A DAGGER AMONG FRIENDS is an amateur sleuth mystery novel where the entire town concocts wild theories and tramples the evidence all to find out Whodunit.

Charlie Goode is struggling to reset her life. After a split from her longtime partner, she’s returned home to the Pacific Northwest town of Harvest Falls. Drifting between jobs at her cousin’s board game shop and the police station, she avoids commitment like the plague.

When her one-time BFF is murdered, Charlie looks to her father, the chief of police, for justice. But to Charlie’s shock and dismay, not everyone trusts her father’s abilities, or his integrity, and Harvest Falls soon devolves into a frenzy of half-baked theories and armchair detecting.

Determined to protect her father’s reputation, Charlie finds herself battling wits with the bumbling sleuths, joining the hunt for her friend’s killer. But with librarians, florists, and bakers tromping through crime scenes, hurling accusations, and fudging the law, she’ll have to act fast before the killer’s dagger pricks another friend.

PRE-ORDER A Dagger Among Friends

The A DAGGER AMONG FRIENDS eBook is now available for pre-order on Amazon! Click here to have a copy delivered to your reading device August 8th.

For fans of Hallmark Mysteries, Agatha Raisin, and Stephanie Plum, A DAGGER AMONG FRIENDS is an amateur sleuth mystery novel where the entire town concocts wild theories and tramples the evidence all to find out Whodunit.

The plot is a humorous and loving take on mystery tropes:

“I solved it!” They beamed, gasping and thrusting out their chest.

“Running blindly into the killer’s grasp is called being a victim.”

The main character, Charlie Goode, is in her 40s and has recently split from her long-time boyfriend. Starting over in her small hometown of Harvest Falls, she spends time playing board games with her cousin Case, and working for her father, the chief of police.

Board games and 80s movie references are littered throughout the book. After all, every sleuth needs a hobby!

“You need a hobby.” He beamed. “That’s an actual thing. All sleuths have hobbies—baking, quilting, cat herding. It helps with the process.”

I thought for a moment before perking up. “I play board games,” I said. “But I’m not sure how that helps.” I lofted my whiskey, stared at my playing cards: a cattle ranch and the cooperage I’d built beside it. “Seems like a distraction.”

Like cozies, board games, and 80s movies? Check out the book and leave a review!


Here it is: the cover for A DAGGER AMONG FRIENDS, the first in my new mystery series set in the Pacific Northwest!

When murder comes to Harvest Falls, amateur sleuths abound. But the killer’s game pits friend against friend, and everyone’s in danger of a final turn.

I’m working on some final edits and getting ready for another fun summer of book events. More details to come!

Kindle Deals & Red Herrings

Amazon has selected THE LAIRD OF DUNCAIRN to be a featured Kindle Deal for the month of November. All month, the book will be $1.99. It’s not too early to buy some virtual stocking stuffers!

The rough draft of the first Harvest Falls mystery is almost complete! Only a few chapters to go–you know, the ones where our intrepid detective, Charlie Henry, unravels the last clue and the killer is, at last, revealed. Next, I’ll be using some elbow grease to polish up the draft, rip out some bits that didn’t quite work, and salt in some flavor in a few sections that need it!

I’m also working on the Jack Canonbie novella, spinning some things around in the plot, and putting some pretty big obstacles in Jack’s path–not that he isn’t good at creating those on his own! This version of young Jack finds him trying to bully his way through life only to find that might doesn’t always make right.