I like to blend my passion for food, great mysteries, and the Northwest in two light-hearted mystery series: the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle, and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, set in northwest Montana. My books focus on strong women who share her passions, and have a talent for finding trouble!
I was the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. Death al Dente, first in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. My guide for writers, Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure, won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction.
A Montana native, I graduated from Seattle University and Notre Dame Law School. After practicing in Seattle for several years—and shopping and eating my way through the Pike Place Market regularly—I returned to Montana, where I still practices law part-time. Killing people—on the page—is more fun.
A true believer in the power of writers helping other writers, I’m president of Sisters in Crime (SinC) and a founding member of theGuppies, the SinC chapter for new and unpublished writers. I am also a member of Mystery Writers of America, the Authors of the Flathead, and Montana Women Writers.