I really enjoyed the 2017 Bouchercon Mystery Convention in Toronto, Canada, last week. I had a fun time on the “Critters of Crime” panel with Jen Danna, Michael Kurland (moderator), Kelly Oliver, and Eileen Watkins. We discussed what role dogs and cats play play in our books and what they contribute to our writing.
I’ve had a busy couple of months finishing book four and planning book five. I also went to Africa on safari. It’s been on my “dream vacation” list for a long time. I’ll be sharing some photos from that experience in the near future. What I’d like to share today is the cover for my next book, MURDER AT THE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL.
I love animals and was delighted to have a visit from a cute quail family!
Redwood Cove in my Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series is based on Mendocino, California. Whenever I visit there, I take a lot of pictures to help with ideas and descriptions when I write. Here I’m sharing some of my favorite flower pictures from my last trip.
I attended a dog show a while back called Woofstock. Posters for each year are hung up and people are encouraged to dress for the show’s theme. It was a lot of fun!
I thought people might enjoy seeing this Mendocino fire truck from 1887. It’s in wonderful condition. I met a man who said he spent most of the previous day polishing the brass. It gleamed!
I’ve been totally focused for weeks on finishing, editing, and polishing book four. Its unofficial title is MURDER AT THE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL. I took a few days to go to Mendocino for the Fourth of July. I’ll be using the festivities there in book five. I met this cutie dressed up for the parade.
A special birthday cake was made recently for the president of a dog club. It wasn’t made by a commercial bakery. I think the young woman did an outstanding job! The filling between the cake layers was made up of chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas as well as a few other things. It was REALLY good!
It’s wonderful to see the flowers of spring blooming.