2017 Great Minnesota Get Together A.K.A. Minnesota State Fair

The fair set an attendance record this year: 1,997,320. Enjoyed speaking with so many people, and felt honored each time someone wanted their picture taken with me.
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On August 29. Fairborne’s arm got stuck in the door of a mascot-eating mailbox. Saw his distress and rescued him. Catastrophe averted. We both heaved a sigh of relief. 😉
 
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Tossing Around on Rough Waters!

Lost a dear friend and neighbor. Striving to accept and adjust to the loss. He was one in a million. Spent years picking me up at the airport between midnight and one AM, and taking me back between three and four-thirty AM. He was a beta reader for books two through four, and made many valuable recommendations. He served as a resource for Murder on a Stick, providing details on the workings of the ticket booths in the midway at the State Fair. He made my life so much easier and more joyful. Rest in peace, Gale. My thoughts and prayers are with you.1896945_10202353867661803_165803628_n

Lunch with Two Book Four Stars

Enjoyed lunch at the Christos in South Minneapolis with the Christos manager and waitress who play a part in Mistletoe and Murder: The Fourth Pete Culnane Mystery. You’ll have to read the book to learn how they contribute to solving the crime.

Michael, S.L., and Elizabeth at Christos

Michael, S.L., and Elizabeth at Christos

Release Date for Fourth Pete Culnane Mystery

Mistletoe and Murder: The Fourth Pete Culnane Mystery is set for an August 1, 2017 release. It will be available at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair (August 24-September 4). The launch party will be on September 5 at Subtext Bookstore, 6 West 5th Street, St. Paul, MN at 7 PM. Join us for a reading, followed by a Q & A and treats. Everyone is welcome. I’d love to see you!

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Fair Wear booth on Dan Patch Ave. (about two blocks west of main gate on Snelling)

Fair Wear booth on Dan Patch Ave. (about two blocks west of main gate on Snelling)

All three of my books will be available at the fair this year. Find them at any of the Gold Country booths: (1) the booth called Fair Wear” on the northeast corner of Judson and Dan Patch (see photos), (2) inside the main entrance of the Grandstand, (3) inside the main entrance of the Coliseum, and (4) in their tent at the entrance to the Visitors Plaza.

I’ll be outside the Fair Wear booth on the NE corner of Judson and Dan Patch, between 1:00 and 4:00, on August 27th and 31st. Stop by and say hi.

Murder on a Stick Is Available!

Murder on a Stick: The Third Pete Culnane Mystery, was released on August 6. The launch party was at Subtext: A Bookstore, located in St. Paul, on September 3. The turnout was FANTASTIC! It was followed by a signing at Once Upon A Crime, in Minneapolis, on September 6. One patron provided an excellent suggestion for the title of book four: Mistletoe and Murder. Now all I have to do is finish writing that book. Remaining optimistic, but not far along enough to have any idea of a target date.

Book Launch at Subtext: A Bookstore on September 3

Three Events Scheduled

Three events are scheduled, celebrating the release of Murder on a Stick:

September 3rd, you could eat dinner at Nina’s or W.A. Frost, then join me at Subtext: A Bookstore (165 Western Avenue North, St. Paul, MN) at 7 PM for the book launch party. The party includes a reading, followed by a Q & A session. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

eptember 6th from noon ’til 2 p.m., support Pat and Gary, the owners of one of your favorite mystery bookstores at Once Upon A Crime Mystery Books (604 West 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN). This event includes a signing, and a chance to ask me how I got myself into this, what I just learned about Pete’s great-grandmother, you name it.

September 6 at 7 p.m. Join me for a mini State Fair at Eat My Words Bookstore (1228 2nd St NE, Minneapolis, MN). Bring your appetite. Soup, crackers, cheese, pretzels, peanuts, and cookies will be served.

COMING SOON: MURDER ON A STICK

Murder on a Stick: The Third Pete Culnane Mystery will be released on August 1. Look for it in your local bookstore. If you don’t find it in your library, copy the ISBN from the BOOKS page of this website and request it. You can also find it at all four Minnesota State Fair gift shops!

JANO 2014

This is the third year I’m participating in JANO. It’s an annual writing contest sponsored by Sleuths Ink, a writing group based in Springfield, Missouri. The goal is to write 50,000 words, during the month of January.

The manuscripts drafted the first two years I participated are now books two and three in the Pete Culnane mystery series. I have my heart set on completing a rough draft for book four this time around. For that reason, I’ve done little other than write since New Year’s Day.

Sunday, January 5:Set 5,000 words per day as my goal. Not doing well on that count. Even so, the story is taking shape. Hope my brain and my fingers continue cooperating.



Saturday, January 11: Research and other diversions kept me from getting as far as I’d hoped by this date. Now striving to reach 50,000 words by January 14. Time will tell.



Monday, January 13: After two days of doing almost nothing except writing, hit the contest goal of 50,000 words. Then added another 145 words to complete the thought. Pete and Martin solved the crime, but there are still loose ends to tie up.