The News From the Pews and Beyond: My life as a Pastor and Writer of Clerical Mysteries

  • I am having a great time meeting with mystery readers at local libraries! Check out my calendar and see if there are any that you would like to attend. Would you like me to come to your book group or local library? go to my website and send me an email. I would love to hear from you!
Murder with Tea and Cakes (at your local Library!)
Book tours are hard to come by these days (unless you are John Grisham or Louise Penny) and since my publisher, Crooked Lane, wasn’t likely to send me on a cross country tour of book signings and speaking engagements, I decided that I would plan my own book tour. I am now scheduled at libraries, book clubs, women’s groups and Senior centers all around Massachusetts and even one amazing afternoon at the Poison Pen Book store in Scottsdale, Arizona. I can gladly say that my book tour has been launched!
          Most of my book signings are at public libraries and I like that because I like libraries. I love the feel of a library when you first walk in the door. It is somehow exhilarating and relaxing all at the same time. And I am not sure that I’ve ever met a librarian that I didn’t like. One thing that I have noticed is that librarians are people of great hospitality and welcome. The ones that I am meeting certainly are. For example, the librarians at the Fitchburg Public Library even served tea and cake—all from the book--Welsh Brew, Glengettie tea and Sister Gwenydd’s favorite almond cake! My afternoon at the Fitchburg Library was wonderful. I sat with a spirited group of mystery lovers-- sipping tea and eating cake while discussing favorite authors, writing, publishing, and a common love of reading. Does life get better than that?

Learn more about my book tour at my website
Some Very Cool Library Links:


  • Click here for the "sounds" of a library. Go to the famous Bodleian Library at Oxford and listen in!

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Sister Agatha is the Gwenafwy Abbey Librarian.
When I decided to make Sister Agatha a librarian, I had to quickly research just what a librarian does. The job of librarian is far more complicated and involved than I imagined. Interested in library science? Learn all about it at this interesting article on LitHub.
What else am I writing at the moment?
As always, I am writing a sermon. This week is especially challenging-- Trinity Sunday. A parishioner said to me a few weeks ago, "I really hope you explain the trinity. I just don't get it." Well, nothing like a little pressure. "Getting" the nature of the Trinity isnt easy and I'm not sure that even I always get it. Maybe by the time I finish writing the sermon, I will have made some progress on my own understanding.

Interested in the concept of the Trinity or this week's lectionary? Join me at my favorite sermon-writing website TextWeek and do some reading of your own.
Release Date
October 9th!

The Hour of Death, the second book in my Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn mystery series is available now by preorder!

"This is a charming little cozy mystery with likable characters and a wonderful setting. I really enjoyed the mystery, and the atmosphere was perfect for it." Traci, Goodreads
What do I do when I am not writing? I hang out at my church. The First Congregational Church of Paxton is an extraordinary faith community. Check us out at our very cool website.
Although I love writing, my first love is the church. I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and I serve the First Congregational Church of Paxton.  But before I was ordained, I worked in Boston as a science editor, a freelance science writer, a teacher, and did a brief stint in biological research at Harvard. In 2003, I became a full-time pastor serving my first church in Iowa.
I live in the church parsonage with my fabulous husband Don and our two adorable dogs, Magi and Moses.
Pre-order your copy of The Hour of Death