March 2020 Report
Dear readers, my sense of timing, as usual, is impeccable. Two years ago I launched a mystery series set in a Christian monastery just as the Catholic Church abuse scandal was exploding; and now, I’m working on a new series set on an ocean liner/ cruise ship, just as the coronavirus is exploding. I guess I’m always going to be a little out of step with the world, but this new series is pure escapism and fun, and I promise, a worthy distraction from medical and political news of today. It’s set in the 1950s, when the US had a completely different set of problems, but as in all my fiction, it’s driven by my characters and not events, so I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I’m enjoying writing it.
Coming soon: MAIDEN VOYAGE: An Elsa Tamerlane Mystery
Bibliophile and busybody-at-large Elsa Tamerlane, former Navy cryptographer, seasoned New Yorker and lady of a certain age still hoping for a bit of romance and intrigue, joins the staff of the brand-new luxury ocean liner Miss Liberty as its official librarian. My fictitious ship, the USS Miss Liberty, is loosely based on both the Normandie and the USS United States, though not quite as grand or even as dignified as those stately ladies. But it’s a world-wide voyager with many different and exotic ports of call, so plenty of opportunity for mystery solving. It’s also set in the jumpy and nervous Cold War/pre-Atomic era, which plays into some of the plotlines. More about Miss Tamerlane and her unusual residence and workplace later on, but will be adding interesting info, articles and trivia to this site as we move closer to launch later this year.