Larry Brooks asks questions. I answer them.

Hi, guys.  Head on over to, and check out an interview I just did with Larry Brooks. There's probably a way to hyperlink that, but I don't know how, so you will have to laboriously type it into your address bar.  So much trouble, I know. 

What I bought at the Royal Wedding, plus what happened

So I took my daughter to the royal wedding.  I bought a lot of commerative plates and thimbles.  Also an ashtray, a flag, a stuffed corgi, a mug, a keychain, a bunch of Union Jack pencils, a couple of Paddington Bears, paper Kate and Wills masks, and a tin of shortbreads from Harrod's.  And that's not even getting into my spree at Top Shop.  Anyway, here's an essay I wrote about the whole adventure for the Oregonian.

Tea towels for everyone!

I'm packing up my six-year-old daughter, Eliza, and heading to London on the 25th, to go to the Royal Wedding.  Let me amend that.  We are not actually going to the wedding; we are going to stand outside with a half million other people and try to catch a glimpse of the wedding party on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.  It's a crazy scheme, as my husband keeps reminding me.  If it all goes wrong I can always go on the Jack the Ripper tour and call it a tax deductible research trip, right?  Anyway, I'll try to keep you all updated on our princess stalking adventure.  If you're interested, you can follow me at twitter or facebook, as I'll be much more likely to post on those than on this old thing.  In the meantime, we will continue to work on our curtsies. Eliza is getting pretty good at hers. 

Suicide Birds, Clowns, and Straw Cowboy Hats

Just back from a road trip to Arizona where I got to open for the fabulous Ian Rankin at The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale.  Have you been to this store?  If you love mysteries and thrillers, you must go to this store.  It is amazing.  We also saw a spring training game, bought straw cowboy hats, picked an orange off a tree, and survived the deadly Nevada suicide birds, which line the snowy highway up north and then flock toward the car in great numbers and at high speeds.  Now we are home.  Did I mention I took my six-year-old daughter, husband and two dogs on this trip?  Also, if you happen to be passing through Tonopah, Nevada, I recommend staying at The Clown Motel.  It has creepy clown paintings in all the rooms and an old creepy cemetery nextdoor.  Swoon.  Tomorrow I leave for New York.  This time without the daughter, husband and dogs.  I'll be signing stock at Mysterious Bookshop, so if you live in the area stop by anytime after March 30th, and you can pick up a signed edition of my new book The Night Season.  Is there a Clown Motel in Manhattan?  Perhaps I can look into opening a franchise. 

The Night Season is #19 on the NYT hardcover bestseller list!

My new thriller, The Night Season, is #19 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list.  It's also #9 on the PNBA bestseller list (that's the list for indie bookstores in the Pacific Northwest).  Thanks to all of you who've bought a book.  Is there anyway that you could all buy just 10 more copies?  In other news, I've taken my six-year-old daughter to so many signings that she can now forge my signature with an unsettling degree of accuracy. 

Hey!  You know what makes a great St. Patrick's Day gift?  The Night Season.  "Cain" IS an Irish name. 

The Night Season is out today!

Pub date is finally here!  The Night Season is in stores, waiting to be picked up by people who will give it a nice home.  It has a lovely cover, and will look nice on your shelf.  You don't have to even read it if you don't want to.

THE NIGHT SEASON comes out this Tuesday!

You can pre-order the new book in real life at a real bookstore, or online in a virtual one, RIGHT NOW.  Isn't that exciting?  You know what else is exciting?  I finally have buy buttons up for the new book in the "store" section of this website. 

"The Night Season" hits stores March 1!

The next installment of the Heartsick series, "The Night Season," is almost out.  You can pre-order it basically anywhere.  Pre-ordering is SO fun and make me very, very happy.  Publisher's Weekly listed "The Night Season" in its Top 10 Mysteries/Thrillers for spring.  I don't have buy buttons for the new book yet (or early reviews, or really, anything) on this website, but I'm working on it, so check back.  Thanks, Everyone. 

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