Member news: February 2019

Which one of our author members, who started her career as a chemical engineer, has a new book out? Read news about Cynthia Baxter, Leslie Budewitz, Curt Colbert, Gail Matelson, and more. . .


Cynthia Baxter’s Hot Fudge Murder, second in the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe Mystery series, was published by Kensington on January 29th.

Alice K. Boatwright has published a chapbook of three stories about life in the San Juan Islands. Sea, Sky, Islands that is available as an ebook or paperback. She collaborated on the project with Mercer Island artist, Marsha Karr.

Leslie Budewitz was nominated for an Agatha Award for “All God’s Sparrows” – and she is currently offering the story as a free download from her website. A Stagecoach Mary story, it was originally published in the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine in May–June 2018.

Curt Colbert and Waverly Fitzgerald (AKA Waverly Curtis) offered fans of Pepe, the Barking Detective, a free short story as a Christmas gift this year. The Case of the Naughty Santa will be available as an ebook soon.

Gail Matelson published a collection of 27 short stories, Stories with a Quick Impact, just before the holidays.

Jeanne Matthews regularly posts blogs on Buried Under Books. Her most recent is “Deodands, Scapegoats, and Whipping Boys.”

Erica Miner is giving lectures on Leonard Bernstein for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego Extension on February 19 and 21. Despite many other lectures to come, she’s also busy researching the San Francisco Opera for her next mystery.

Lisa Preston published The Clincher, first in her new Horseshoer Mystery series, in November, with a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it “an exuberantly quirky series opener” and kudos from Kirkus, Library Journal and author J.A. Jance.

Kathryn Wadsworth has launched her Marco Mystery series with Snake in the Grass. In it, a bereaved man, Coleman Steele, and Marco, a dog who’s lost his family, team up to solve a complicated mystery.

Tracy Weber’s Murder Likes It Hot was published by Midnight Ink In January. You can order a signed copy from her website and also read about her path from childhood on a dairy farm to careers as chemical engineer, organizational consultant, yoga therapist and mystery writer.

Marty Wingate is moving through the production phases of Bodies in the Library, book 1 of her First Edition Library series to be published by Berkley in the fall. Go to her new website for all the latest details.