Three Wonderful Irish Books for the Holidays

Like so many book lovers, I enjoy giving books as Christmas presents. Paperbacks novels make great stocking stuffers, so I’m always on the lookout for the latest by a favorite author, but I also love to wrap a special gift book that a friend, colleague or loved one might not buy for themselves…but would love to own. Here are three I own on Irish country houses, life tips from an Irish gentleman and the iconic Ring of Kerry. I’ve included Amazon links but you can order them from your favorite bookstore.

The Irish Country House

On our many visits to Ireland, we’ve stayed in e… Read More

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November contest!

November is flying by! Be sure to check out this month’s contest. We’re celebrating the start of the holiday season with a special giveaway inspired by readers. TEN lucky readers will receive a signed copy of the paperback edition of A Knights Bridge Christmas. ONE grand prize winner will also receive a limited-edition Swift River Valley mug.

This is the only place you can find Christmas at Carriage Hill” in print (it’s available on its own digitally). In this fun novella, Dylan McCaffrey’s long-lost English cousin and the RAF pilot she’s trying to get over … Read More

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Suspense on the Edge of Romance Collection!

Wow, what a thrill to be a part of this collection! Grab a copy of Suspense on the Edge of Romance to read J.T. Ellison’s All the Pretty Girls, Heather Graham’s Flawless, Brenda Novak’s The Secret Sister and the launch book for my Sharpe & Donovan series, Saint’s Gate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that I’m into my e-reader, I love checking out “boxed sets” to catch up on books I missed or to try new authors. Whether a set includes stories by one author or multiple aut… Read More

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Discover the Sharpe & Donovan series

Heading to St. Petersburg, FL, in the morning for my first-ever Bouchercon, a gathering of mystery writers and readers. Can’t wait! With Impostor’s Lure in stores, I wanted to share this short video introduction to the Sharpe & Donovan series.

The books are standalone stories within a series. FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are the primary recurring characters, but there are others: Matt Yankowski, their boss; Finian Bracken, their Irish priest friend; art thief Oliver York (introduced later in their series); Emma and Colin’s  families–… Read More

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On the road!

Made it to Boston yesterday despite a flat tire. Well, not on the highway. In the driveway as I was getting myself together to leave. Fortunately Joe tackled it. It wasn’t straightforward because the wheel was bent (hence the flat tire), but it got done. Nice drive south on a beautiful day. I took myself to lunch to celebrate Impostor’s Lure hitting stores. Maybe not glamorous but quite pleasant! I found a nice throw at West Elm, too. Then a pleasant walk along the Charles River to take a moment to be grateful for this day. (Photo above is from my walk.)

The highlight of the day, though, w… Read More

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Countdown to IMPOSTOR’S LURE! And again with wild blueberries…

I’ve been writing, running, contemplating making pesto with our bumper crop of basil…and getting ready for Impostor’s Lure to hit stores on Tuesday, August 21. That’s just one week from today! I’m excited for readers to get a chance to read this latest suspense novel featuring FBI agent Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan. This was a tough book to write but also a rewarding one.

Can’t wait to head out on the road to chat with readers at three events next week. Join us if you’re in the area! Click on the links for details:

Talk and Book Signing
7 PM
Billerica PRead More

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Creating Finian Bracken

Irish priest and whiskey man Finian Bracken appears in every book in my Sharpe & Donovan series, starting with Saint’s Gate. He has a tragic past: he lost his wife and two young daughters in a sailing accident just as the distillery he started with his twin brother, Declan, was taking off. Finian ends up in a struggling fishing village on the southern Maine coast, befriending FBI agents, lobstermen, grandmothers, innkeepers and one particular English art thief.

Finian came together for me as a character one rainy afternoon when I was tucked in an Irish hideaway for a writing retre… Read More

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Images of Scotland

Among the recurring characters in my Sharpe & Donovan suspense series is Oliver York, an English mythologist, martial arts expert, “gentleman” farmer and serial art thief. By the start of Thief’s Mark, now out in paperback, he’s working with MI5. As a boy, he witnessed his parents’ murder and then was whisked off to Scotland by their killers. He escaped, but so did they. Now he’s about to find out the truth about that awful night. 

Scotland is one of the most beautiful places Joe and I have visited, and we are looking forward to a return trip. It… Read More

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THIEF’S MARK in paperback!

English mythologist and former art thief Oliver York takes center stage in Thief’s Markout tomorrow (July 31) in paperback. He meets his match in MI5 officer and garden designer Henrietta Balfour. They’ve known each other since childhood, when Oliver witnessed the murder of his parents and then was kidnapped by the killers and abandoned in a Scottish ruin.

FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are wrapping up their Irish honeymoon when a break-in at her art-detective grandfather’s Dublin home takes them to England, just as a man bleeds to death on Oliver’s … Read More

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Deal alert for THE WHISPER

The Whisper is on sale in eBook for just $.99! It’s the fourth and final book in my Ireland series, but can you guess which character plays a role in my Sharpe & Donovan series? Answer below!

Here’s a bit about the story:

Ancient rituals, modern-day murder—the killing has only just begun.

Archaeologist Sophie Malone is still haunted a year after she was left for dead inside a remote Irish cave. Now she’s convinced that her night of terror is linked to recent violence in Boston. Did the killer under arrest steal the ancient Celtic treasure from the cave that night? Or is anothe… Read More

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