October 25, 2019

Early the next morning, (Phoebe and her grandfather) made their way, arm in arm, across the tiered gardens, bright with late season mums and roses and flame-like celosia, and through the gate in the privet hedge that separated the formal gardens from the service ground...

July 1, 2019

Chapter One

Newport, Rhode Island

August 1898

A pair of footmen in livery lifted the wheelchair, one on either side, while two others opened the rear doors of the Bailey’s Beach clubhouse. The foursome exchanged not so much as the slightest glance, yet operated in perfect...

June 26, 2019

With the rerelease of Murder at Ochre Court in trade paperback (previously only in hardcover and ebook), I thought I'd share this link with anyone interested in the house itself. Since Ochre Court is the administrative building for Salve Regina University, it isn't ope...

December 12, 2018

Cowes, Isle of Wight, April 1920 Phoebe Renshaw pressed a hand to her stomach in a futile attempt to ease the incessant gnawing inside.

August 10, 2018

Thanks to a reader, I learned about, and then read a biography about, a relatively unknown Newport artist named Beatrice Turner. Miss Turner was reputed to have been a complete recluse during most of her life. She never married, never moved out of her parents' homes, a...

July 30, 2018

“Take my advice, Miss Cross, and marry a rich man. Then you may do whatever you like.” The train from New York City to North Kingstown, Rhode Island, jostled me from side to side on the velvet seat while trees and shrubs and the occasional house streaked past the wind...

June 26, 2018

I feel the need, as a writer, to weigh in on the latest controversy surrounding the American Library Association's decision to strip Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from the Assoc. for Library Service for Children's literature award. If you haven't heard about this, here i...

January 28, 2018

In the time period of my Gilded Newport Mysteries, wealthy women--those who belonged to the elite social group called The 400--were living in the proverbial Gilded Cage. Their lives were defined mostly by social events, exquisite clothing, the size of their mansions, a...

July 30, 2017

As I'm sure most of you know - because I certainly make no secret of the fact  -this week saw the release of Murder at Chateau sur Mer. At the same time I very nearly finished the next book in the Newport series, Murder at Ochre Court. I think I'll write the final word...

July 4, 2017

Did you know Rhode Island was the first colony to renounce their alligience to King George and declare independence from England? It's hardly surprising when you consider the colony was founded by religious dissenters with radical notions of tolerance and a keen sense...

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