Murder at the Mushroom Festival

My fourth book, Murder at the Mushroom Festival, releases tomorrow. Exciting times! It was a fun book to write. I learned so much about mushrooms. I go out regularly now after it rains to check our yard. I often fill a bag with them. The sinker logs in the book are very unique to the Mendocino area, and I had some interesting conversations around those.

Cozy murder mystery, MURDER AT THE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL, features a goldendoodle mushroom-hunting dog that is also a diabetic alert dog.

Murder at the Mushroom Festival


Cute Chihuahua!

I saw this CUTE little dog and immediately thought of Princess in MURDER AT THE FORTUNE TELLER’S TABLE. Princess is a tan Chihuahua that wears jeweled collars and fancy coats. This little girl is a dachshund/Chihuahua rescue. Her owner says her tail never stops wagging!

A dog that looks like the Chihuahua in the cozy murder title Murder at the Mushroom Festival.

Cute Chihuahua with a darling coat!


I had fun doing an interview with The Bistro magazine. I’m on pages 43 to 46. You might enjoy reading it as well as other parts of the magazine.

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Book Club Event

I was recently invited to a book club meeting. The hostess provided dinner and dessert. She did a fabulous job! The group was discussing MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE. The festival in that one is centered around chocolate and wine, so she made sure to have those included in her theme for the evening. They were an absolutely delightful group of people. The “lady bugs” you see in the photos were made with chocolate cake.

A fun book club event around the cozy mystery Murder at Redwood Cove that has a chocolate and wine event in it.

Book Club Event

Fun Day!

I recently had a wonderful time at a B.A.R.R.C. (Bay Area Rhodesian Ridgeback Club) fun day. Introductory lessons in tracking and agility were offered. Kylie, my ridgeback, had a great time. Food treats were essential in both areas, and she’s a big time FOODIE! She did well in both areas. I’m adding a photo of a cute young ridgeback who participated in the event.

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Helicopter Ride in Africa

Each year I try to push my boundaries out in some way. I try something new…especially the things where I’m saying, “I’m not so sure.” It’s never anything I know to be dangerous. This year on our safari we had the option of sleeping in the open on the Makgadikgadi Pans, salt plains on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. They said there were no animals in this area. The guides were not far away, but it was still a strange experience. I also drove an ATV for the first time while we were in the desert and flew in a helicopter over the Okavango Delta. My husband commented he was surprised I did the helicopter ride. Now that I think about it, I’m surprised as well! I’ve always been reluctant to fly in one, and this one had no door. I think I left permanent fingerprints on the metal bar I was gripping.

Janet Finsilver author of Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series on a Tauck safari in Africa.

Helicopter Ride

A photograph of hippos by Janet Finsilver, author of Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series, while on a Tauck safari in Africa.


A Day in the Life of Kelly Jackson

A blog post went out today describing a day in the life of my mystery series protagonist, Kelly Jackson. It’s from Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table. The main new canine in this book is a Chihuahua named Princess. She’s a retired hearing-assistance dog.  Fred the basset hound is back and will be in all the books in the series.

A day in the life with Kelly Jackson by Janet Finsilver



Princess the Chihuahua

I had fun introducing a feisty Chihuahua named Princess in my third book, MURDER AT THE FORTUNE TELLER’S TABLE. Her owner loves dressing her in sparkling collars and fuzzy coats. But don’t be deceived by all of the finery. Princess is a retired hearing assistance dog. She is now a regular in the series. In book four, MURDER AT THE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL which comes out in April 2018, she makes the acquaintance Max, short for Maximillian, a rescue mix that finds mushrooms and has a working dog role as well. I’m writing book five, and she just popped into view! I thought I’d share a bit about her. The cover for book four has Max on the front.


The dogs in the cozy mystery Murder at the Mushroom Festival are a Chihuahua named Princess, a basset hound named Fred, and Maximillian, a mushroom-hunting mix that looks like a goldendoodle.Murder at the Mushroom festival is the next in the cozy mystery series by Janet Finsilver set in northern California.

The Dogs of Murder at the Mushroom Festival

Meerkat Experience!

I had some great encounters with meerkats on the safari. They used me as an observation post twice. Not everyone made themselves available to the little critters, but I wanted to get the most from the experience as possible. The guide would follow the direction the colony was going in their search for food. He would get ahead of them and put down blankets for those of us who wanted to see if we could get them to perch on us. Great experience!

Some of my interactions with people on the trip will work well in my cozy mystery series set in California.

Meerkat Experience