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My Dear Watson in Japanese–again!

MX Publishing has found a new Japanese market for My Dear Watson. It was originally published in Japanese in 1992 as part of an award in the Suntory Mystery Fiction Competition.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Holmes!

From the final pages of my book: That was January 6, 1904. Twelfth Night, the Day of Epiphany, and, coincidentally, my 50th birthday. Monsieur Chartrain did not know this—he had no reason to. Even I, myself, was only reminded of it by the gift. I had never subscribed to the sentimentality of birthday celebrations, but the passing of such a significant milestone made me pause to consider what I had achieved in a half century. I picked up my new …

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New Children’s Picture Book!

I’m very happy to announce the publication this week of my latest children’s picture book, I Love You Forever, illustrated by the talented Shelagh McNicholas and published by tiger tales. It’s my first rhyming text, and you’d be surprised how hard it can be to finesse rhymes and rhythm while making sense of a story at the same time! But Shelagh’s endearing illustrations and the quality of the paper and the die-cut cover really elevate this story to the status …

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Happy Birthday, my dear Holmes!

Raise a glass of sherry to Sherlock Holmes on January 6 this year, as he turns 161 years old. Still going strong in books, movies, and TV, the great detective famously said in A Study in Scarlet, “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose….It is a mistake to think that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon …

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The dangers of die cut!

Just got a new copy of my upcoming picture book, I Love You Forever–this time, with the die cut on the cover removed. Now the image is glued to the cover (top version). This decision was made when the publisher discovered that a child’s head had somehow got stuck in another book’s die-cut hole!  Oh, kids these days…!

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New Cover Art for Upcoming Picture Book

So pleased to see the cover art for my next children’s picture book, now entitled I Love You Forever, and scheduled for a spring 2015 release. The lovely illustrations are by UK artist Shelagh McNicholas. I feel so fortunate to have her artwork grace the pages of my story! Enjoy.

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Chatting with Rosalyn Landor

Thrilled to have a wonderful phone chat with British actress Rosalyn Landor, who narrated the audiobook for My Dear Watson! She played Helen Stoner in the “Adventure of the Speckled Band” episode with Jeremy Brett in the ’80s BBC production of “Sherlock Holmes.” A great discussion of our lives, plans, and careers. She was sweetly complimentary about my writing, and we agreed that it’s important to show our grown children that life doesn’t end at age 50 (as Holmes shows …

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My Dear Watson in Japanese!

So pleased to announce that My Dear Watson is now available in a Japanese edition! Print on demand only, no digital edition. It won the Special Prize for Excellence in the international Suntory Mystery Novel competition. I was lucky enough to be flown to Tokyo years ago for the judging ceremony–I’ll never forget that experience! If you know anyone who reads Japanese, here’s a good mystery read for them. Arigato!

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