Kelly Jackson Interview

I participated as my protagonist, Kelly Jackson, in an interview on Dru’s Book Musings. I had fun doing it and wanted to share it with you.

Sometimes the best way to know a person is by asking questions, where you can learn more about what makes them tick. Let’s see what Kelly has to say. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *…

Chocolate Bon Bons

I’m starting to work on the sixth book in my Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series. It will have a gourmet cooking event in it. I attended one recently and really enjoyed these chocolate bon bons from chef Ethan Howard from Cavallo Point.

I'm planning on having a gourmet event in the sixth book of the Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series and it will have chocolate bon bons..

Chocolate Bon Bons

I’ve been working almost nonstop to make book five be the best it can be. It goes to my agent Friday. I wanted to let you know book four, MURDER AT THE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL, is available today and tomorrow for a 1.99 in the eBook format. I’ll be back “in person” after Friday.

A cozy murder mystery with the northern California town of Mendocino used as a model and it has dogs with special abilities.


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.

Jennifer Ashley, Berkley Prime Crime news, various authors 20 +, recipes, reviews, giveaways and more.

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