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 invited to be part of an exciting program at Chatham Public Library in Chatham NJ this June. Chatham Adult Lifeworks Learning (C.A.L.L.) is offering a four-lecture course on the history of the mystery, and I’ll be giving the first lecture, on Edgar Allan Poe.
Last summer I signed a three-book contract with Kensington for a cozy mystery series featuring knitting. Since I’m a long-time knitter, this theme is perfect for me. The setting is a charming New Jersey town rather like the one I live in, and the first book, MURDER, SHE KNIT: A KNIT AND NIBBLE MYSTERY, will be out in April of 2018. Soon I’ll be redesigning this website to reflect my new series.
The Knit and Nibble mysteries will contain bonus material–ideas for knitting projects and recipes for goodies baked by my sleuth. I’ll be making the knitting projects and baking the goodies, and posting photos of them on this website to coordinate with the release of each book.
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. 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.
The 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.
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.