Welcome to my website!

I’m the author of the Maxx Maxwell mystery series, featuring blues-singer sleuth Elizabeth “Maxx” Maxwell. Visit the Maxx Maxwell Mysteries page for much more information about these books.

I’ve been active in Sisters in Crime, an international group of women mystery writers, for many years.  My local chapter is New York/TriState and as of last June I’m the president.  We meet monthly at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library in Greenwich Village and guests are always welcome.  Mystery fans, as well as writers, are invited to join–and men too, despite the group’s name.  For more information about us, and our meeting schedule, visit http://www.nysinc.org

Sweet Man Is Gone and Got No Friend Anyhow are now available in Kindle editions for $2.99 each–and both books can be borrowed free from the Kindle Prime program.  Just click on the titles to go to the Kindle store.  Some of my music-themed short stories are available in Kindle editions now too, including a collection of Maxx Maxwell stories.  Visit my Other Writing page for more details.

I’m delighted to announce that my work has been added to the Stop, You’re Killing Me! website.  If you’re not already familiar with this fantastic resource for people who love mysteries, drop by and take a look.  You’ll be amazed.

Is your group looking for a speaker?  I’m happy to talk about any aspect of reading or writing mysteries–or click here for some specific talks I’ve prepared. Click on Contact to get in touch.

Band Photo 6-1-13_optThe Last Stand Band, the band that inspired Sweet Man Is Gone, broke up long ago. But I’ve got a new band now, Still Standing. Left to right in the photo: Bob Daria–drums; Steve Wortman–vocals, harmonica, keyboards, guitar; Peggy Ehrhart–guitar, bass; Howie Bowe–vocals, bass, guitar. We play blues, classic rock-and-roll, R&B, and country, and we love to play at libraries. If you’re a library in the New York/TriState area and you’re looking for a band, please get in touch.  Just use the “contact” feature on this website.

Here’s a sample of our sound. Click here and here for videos from our recent gig at the Leonia Public Library in Leonia, NJ.

A year of pies!  While you’re here, please take a look at my “Come On in My Kitchen” feature, the Pies page–a music-themed pie for every month of the year.  Just click on the Pies tab.