The Jo Wyatt Mysteries
Shadow Ridge introduces readers to Detective Jo Wyatt, a second-generation cop who is confident, dedicated, and determined to unravel the threads of every case. Southwest Colorado provides an atmospheric backdrop to action that unfolds in a rural jurisdiction faced with a major crime and small-town politics. Publishers Weekly says “Police procedural fans will look forward to seeing more of tough, smart Jo.” Mercy Creek is the second in the series and is slated to release in October 2021. In it, Jo investigates a missing child, but as she digs into their fractured family life, she unearths a trove of secrets and half-lies that paint a different picture of the two parents she’s known since high school.
The Mer Cavallo Mysteries
The Mer Cavallo Mysteries are contemporary adventure stories set in the Florida Keys, where marine scientist Mer Cavallo uses her analytical mind to solve confounding crimes. The first Mer Cavallo Mystery, Adrift, was an Agatha Award finalist for Best First Novel. Prior to publication, it garnered The Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. Beached, released in 2018, earned the Royal Palm Literary Award for Book of the Year and Best Mystery.
After years of writing factual police reports, it seemed a natural progression to experiment with short stories and flash-fiction. It’s fun to make things up and have characters actually do what they’re told — at least some of the time.