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FAT CHANCE: A New Sebastian Wren Mystery


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Journalist Sebastian Wren is about to interview retired judge Aaron Meckler, only to learn that he has been found hanged. The police suspect suicide. His daughter Adrianne thinks not. Adrianne’s art gallery is vandalized. Stranger Elizabeth Brown shows up at Judge Meckler’s memorial service and reveals her husband was recently found hanged, they all suspect a connection. A third hanging opens the door to a possible link with a new “fat pill.” Suicides? Murders? Vandalism? Sebastian and his friends uncover the truth in this fast-paced new mystery novel.

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Ursula’s Yahrtzeit Candle

Finalist 2013 Colorado Authors’ League Award for Best Adult Literary Fiction UYC-revisedcover2_small A woman who fled Nazi Europe meets an Hispanic youth about to join a gang and, by telling her life story, shows him a better path.

The Fifth Estate

Honorable Mention at the 2013 Southern California Book Festival The Fifth Estate When a journalist is visited by the daughter of an old flame he works to solve the dual mysteries of her paternity and her mother’s kidnapping.

Innocent Bystander

Too dark to submit for any awards ib-cvr-ebkfinal-web When an average American “joe” is arrested, he fights to maintain his integrity as his support system and family fall apart around him.

News, Appearances, and Rumors

Mox&SerSRB Nearly finished with the first draft of a new Sebastian Wren mystery. After my usual exercise of choosing and discarding about 5 titles, this tasty tale of murder, intrigue, greed and duplicity is tentatively, and most likely, going to be called Fat Chance. Editing readers should be out some time in March, publication will most likely be late spring or early summer. Will post cover art as soon as Jan reads the ms & creates a dynamic graphic––until then, Serious & Moxie (black & gray–at least 50 shades) will have to do.
2014-11-16 HlidayMrt-smallThe Junior League of Denver Holiday Mart. Joined with other members of the Colorado Authors’ League for 3 days of chatting, signing & selling books. Did very well with Ursula’s Yarhtzeit Candle and The Fifth Estate. Even signed & sold a few copies of Innocent Bystander.  
10-11 HR Library-smallOn October 11, 2014 there was a reading of Ursula’s Yahrtzeit Candle at The Highlands Ranch Library. Well received, signed & sold both Ursula and The Fifth Estate books.  
UYC-revisedcover2_smallOn March 15, 2014 Ursula’s Yahrtzeit Candle was honored as finalist for the Colorado Authors’ League’s prestigious award for Best Adult Literary Fiction. The complete list of winners can be found here.  

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