#Myrtle Mondays: The Fight to Vote

Americans have a big election coming up in a few weeks, with early voting and voting by mail happening right now, and 2020 marks the centennial of national women’s suffrage in the United States. But many of us aren’t aware of just how rocky and uneven the road to universal suffrage has been—full of switchbacks, detours, closed roads, and obstacles—or how precarious those rights continue to be. (more…)

#MyrtleMondays: Sherlock Holmes, Myrtle, & Me: The Strand Magazine

If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you no doubt know the name The Strand. This British and American magazine is famous for publishing many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries, beginning with “The Scandal in Bohemia” in 1891 and continuing well into the twentieth century (not counting the Great Hiatus). Doyle’s association with The Strand lasted forty years and included some 200 stories, articles, poems, and serialized novels.

Budding Victorian detective Myrtle Hardcastle (whose first two adventures, Premeditated Myrtle and How to Get Away with Myrtle are now available) is a great admirer of Doyle’s consulting detective, and therefore an avid reader of The Strand. In fact, as Book 3, Cold-Blooded Myrtle (coming October 2021) begins, Myrtle is eagerly awaiting the release of the December 1893 edition. (more…)

#Myrtle Mondays: Launch Day!!

Huzzah!! The Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries finally arrive tomorrow! (Maybe I ought to have gone with Myrtle Tuesdays?) Are you ready to celebrate?


In preparation, I have been…

Signing Bookplates

Bookplates ready to be shipped off to bookstores hosting Myrtle events


Sending out invitations

Remember, the Premeditated Myrtle/How to Get Away with Myrtle virtual launch is being held tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 6, at 6:00 pm with Watermark Books.

If you’d like to participate in the Q&A (please! Come ask questions! That’s my favorite part of any appearance), register at Watermark by clicking this link. If you’d prefer just to watch, you can view it on Facebook Live. Either way, I can’t wait to see you!

I have many more events planned this fall, if you can’t make that one (or just want to make them all!) see them all here.

Sewing lilies

A tutorial to make your own Gilded Slipper lily is coming soon…


Waiting expectantly for celebratory desserts

Where’s my lemon cream? Oh, wait–maybe that will be virtual, too.


And practicing my Zoom moves!

In addition to all of the upcoming events, Algonquin Young Readers has a lot of fun stuff planned for Myrtle’s release month. Make sure you follow them on Instagram, along with the hashtags #DoubleMyrtle and #MHDS (that stands for the Myrtle Hardcastle Detective Society, by the way, and there will be more information on that soon, too!).


But, of course, the most important thing is that now readers everywhere can get their hands on Premeditated Myrtle and How to Get Away with Myrtle!  There has been such enthusiasm from reviewers big and small, and I am so excited to finally share these new books with everyone.


Happy reading, and thanks for sharing in the fun!