Alamo Women’s Club Annual Authors’ Faire

I want to remind you all that the Alamo Women’s Club 2nd Annual Authors’ Faire is coming up on March 23! The deadline for reservations is March 14, so if you haven’t yet reserved your spot, either:

Authors Faire


Savannah Book Festival

I recently returned from my trip to Savannah, Georgia, where I was a speaker at the 2016 Savannah Book Festival! The Savannah Book Festival is one of the most magical events of its kind. The city of Savannah is just beautiful, with its public squares, horse-drawn carriages, Spanish moss hanging from old magnolias and oaks. And the food compares to the best anywhere — I particularly loved the shrimp & grits (not a common dish in California, but it should be) at The Public restaurant and the duck breast at Local 11ten.


You can read an article here from the Savannah Morning News profiling me for this event. (Some minor corrections: my last name is actually pronounced “less-kwah” (the opposite of more-kwah) and THE FALL came out in May of 2015.)


Alamo Women’s Club Authors’ Faire

The Alamo Women’s Club 2nd Annual Authors’ Faire is coming up, and I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be on the panel, moderated by Penny Warner (Death of a Chocolate Eater), alongside Cara Black (The Paris Key)Juliet Blackwell (Murder in Pigalle)MP (Martha) Cooley (Ice Shear and Flame Out), and Sheldon Siegel (Special Circumstances).

The Authors’ Faire will be on Wednesday, March 23, from 9 AM – Noon at the Roundhill Country Club at 3169 Roundhill Road, Alamo, California. The event includes valet parking and a full breakfast buffet.

Make your reservations by March 14! Reservations are $45, open seating. To reserve your spot, either:

I’m looking forward to this event, and hope that you can join me there on March 23!

Burns Supper

unnamedOn Saturday night, I attended the Robert Burns dinner (complete with haggis!) at the home of my friend, the Scottish novelist Catriona McPherson. Also in attendance were the Davis, California authors Spring Warren and Eileen Rendahl. Grateful for the hospitality, I delivered a “poem to the lassies”:

To The Lassies
(The Robert Burns Dinner, January 23, 2016)

In olden days we men would
Drink and share a bonny haggis,
With n’are a lassie at the board
To quibble or to rag us.
And all, it seemed, was quite the way
The Lord ordained our meetings
With nothing like a lassie round
To hamper the proceedings.

Now, aye, we live in dif’rent times
Equality’s what matters.
There’s lassies left and lassies right
To share the drink and platters.
And can the Lord approve of
How they’ve come to share our table
With dress n’ae kilt and charms s’ae gilt,
In every way so able.

Alack, I say, the lassies here
Now add to every gather,
And brighten conversation
When we men all fall to blather.
And so we bless the lassies now,
Their presence sought and cherished,
For without an equal share to them
Our dreams must surely perish.


For more on Robert Burns Night, including recipes, please view this recent story in The Daily Telegraph.

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a festive New Year! If you’re like me, you’re already looking forward to seeing what this upcoming year holds in store.

One event I’m particularly looking forward to is ThrillerFest, the annual conference of International Thriller Writers, and my favorite convention for thriller writers and fans. Additionally, I was recently honored to learn that I’ve been selected to receive the 2016 Silver Bullet Award from the International Thriller Writers, for my philanthropic work.

The Silver Bullet Award was created by the International Thriller Writers in conjunction with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) to recognize outstanding and meritorious achievement in the pursuit of literacy and the love of reading. Past recipients include authors Sandra Brown, R.L. Stine, David Baldacci, publisher Tom Doherty, actor Tony Plana, the Nestle Company, Capital One, and Macy’s.

I’ll receive the award on July 9th at ThrillerFest XI.

Speaking of which, it’s not too late to register for ThrillerFest!

ThrillerFest is the premiere conference for thriller enthusiasts, bringing together famous authors and new ones along with industry professionals, agents, and fans. It’s a vibrant hub of literary networking and social interaction. The unique, popular, and rapidly expanding gathering was created in 2004 by successful, bestselling authors to bring thousands of writers, readers, publishers, producers, editors, and agents together to promote and support thriller authors everywhere.

Other special guests this year, along with yours truly, include Heather Graham (2016 ThrillerMaster), C.J. Box, Gillian Flynn, and Walter Mosley. I hope to see you there!

Happy New Year, and I wish you all a great 2016!

The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

A new Sherlock Holmes Anthology is here! The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Edited and with an Introduction by Otto Penzler), A Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original, is now available for purchase. My story, The Adventure of The Giant Rat of Sumatra, which was selected as one of the Best American Mystery Stories when it first was published in 1998, appears in this volume as well.

For all of those readers who can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes — which seems to be almost everyone on the planet — this collection is a must have. And it’s just in time for Christmas! Enjoy!