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The Willo Award

Last weekend Mystery Writers of America, Northwest branch, gave me the Willo Award for lifetime achievement. This was only the fourth time the award was bestowed and I’m very grateful to the board of Mystery Writers for selecting me. It was really a great honor. The award is named after Read more →

#7 in the Thomas Black series

  Here at last is number seven in the Thomas Black series, back in print for Amazon Kindle here.   And for Barnes and Noble Nook here.   This is part two of what I’m calling the Birchfield trilogy and is one of my very favorites.   Ann Rule said Read more →

Yellow Dog Party arrives in e-book form

It’s finally here in electronic form. The first of my personal three favorite Thomas Black mysteries.   It’s available for Nook here.   And for Kindle on Amazon here.   Yellow Dog Party is the first in a trilogy. The other books in that trilogy are The Portland Laugher and Read more →


Recently in a forum for writers I read a post from somebody bemoaning the fact that her British sales had plummeted to nothing. She attributed this to the one review the book received in Britain, an on-line review from a purported reader. In the review the critic admitted they hadn’t  Read more →

New on Kindle and Nook — Nervous Laughter

The Kindle and Nook version of Nervous Laughter is now online.  With this addition, all five of the first Thomas Black private eye mysteries are on line. We’re working on the next five. Cinelli has given us an updated cover for Deviant Behavior. I’d like some feedback on which cover Read more →


The Rainy City and Deviant Behavior will be offline for a day or two. Cinneli updated the covers and it takes a while for Amazon and Barnes and Noble to update.


Now on Kindle and on Nook.   Four out of the first five Blacks are currently on line. My proofing person is stuck on Nervous Laughter,  the 3rd Black, and Cinelli has yet to come up with a cover concept for that title, so that’s next. After this come the Read more →

Fat Tuesday out of order

Coming slightly out of order in electronic book form, since this was the fourth Thomas Black and the third is still being professionally proofed, here is Fat Tuesday. It is available at Amazon here and on the Barnes and Noble site for Nook here. Fat Tuesday was the first bestseller in Read more →

Poverty Bay

Poverty Bay, as some of you have already noticed, is now for sale here on Kindle and nook.   When it came out Poverty Bay was nominated for an Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America. Along with it’s predecessor, The Rainy City,  it was also nominated for a Shamus Read more →

Thomas Black

  While The Rainy City wasn’t my first book published, it was the first one I lay claim to. It’s the first mystery in the Thomas Black series and as such, it has a special place in my heart. It’s now available on Kindle and Nook. The Rainy City was Read more →