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 just signed a three-book contract with Kensington for a cozy mystery series featuring knitting. Since I’m a long-time knitter, this theme was perfect for me. The setting is a charming New Jersey town rather like the one I live in and the first book will be out in early 2018. Starting in 2017 I’ll be redoing this website to reflect my new project.

I spent a very enjoyable weekend, August 5 to 7, at the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, NJ. I chaired a panel on settings and took part in one on mysteries set in New Jersey and one called “Details, Details, Details”–about how writers get facts right in their mysteries and whether accuracy is really important.

Here’s a photo from the “Settings” panel:

DETAILS PANEL_cropIs 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. Use the Contact feature on this website to get in touch.

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.

Waiting for train 1_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. We couldn’t resist the “waitin’ for a train” theme for our band photo. Left to right: Bob Daria–drums; Howie Bowe–vocals, guitar, bass; Peggy Ehrhart–guitar, bass; Steve Wortman–vocals, harmonica, keyboards, 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 are some samples of our sound. Click here and here for videos from a gig at the Leonia Public Library in Leonia, NJ. Click here and here for videos from a recent gig at Pequannock Township Public Library. (Unfortunately I had wandered out of camera range and all you can see is my hand and the neck of my guitar.) And click here for a video from a benefit we played for Community of Friends in Action at Legion Hall in Leonia last fall.

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.