Welcome to my website!

I’m the author of the Knit & Nibble mystery series, featuring Pamela Paterson, founder and mainstay of the Arborville knitting club, nicknamed “Knit and Nibble.” The setting for the Knit & Nibble series is a charming New Jersey town rather like mine.The Knit & Nibble theme reflects the fact that I’m a long-time knitter and an enthusiastic cook.

My Knit & Nibble novella, Death of a Christmas Card Crafter, was included in Kensington’s Christmas 2020 novella anthology, Christmas Card Murder. Knit & Nibble #7, Knitty Gritty Murder, is now out and Knit & Nibble #8, Death of a Knit Wit, will appear in March 2022.

Click on the Knit & Nibble Mysteries tab and then on the individual book covers for details on the books, and links to order.

Upcoming projects: I’ll be doing another Knit & Nibble novella for the 2022 Kensington Christmas anthology, Christmas Scarf Murder, and Kensington has contracted two more full-length Knit & Nibbles.

The Knit & Nibble mysteries contain bonus material–ideas for knitting projects and recipes for goodies baked by my sleuth. I’m making the knitting projects and baking the goodies. To see photos of them, click on the Knit & Nibble Mysteries tab and then on the individual book cover and scroll down on the page that opens.

Fresh Fiction has posted a lovely review of Knitty Gritty Murder. Click here.

Roland’s Strawberry Jell-O Pie

Thank you to Lois Winston at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers for hosting my guest blog featuring Knit and Nibble character Roland DeCamp’s Strawberry Jell-O Pie. Click here for the blog–including the fun fact that early versions of molded gelatin desserts derived their gelatin from boiled calves feet or fish bladders–and the recipe, which uses a convenient box of strawberry Jell-o.


Harry Truman’s Tuna and Noodle Casserole

And thank you to The Wickeds and their Wicked Good Mysteries blog for hosting me on April 16. I blogged about a cookbook my mom found at a thrift store and passed along to me: The First Ladies Cook Book–dating from a time not so long ago when the presidential (and vice-presidential) spouses were always women–and were expected to handle the domestic aspects of life in the White House. Most of the recipes are very grand, but Truman reportedly loved Tuna and Noodle Casserole. The blog includes the recipe and a photo of my version. Click here.

I’ll be a panelist at the Canal Town Book Festival on May 22nd–online this year but still festive! For more details about the festival, see my Events page, and author pages are up now on the book festival’s Facebook page. Click here.

Like my sleuth, I’m unable to resist thrift shops, estate sales, flea markets–anywhere that cast-off treasures can be rescued. Often these treasures are fascinating projects involving yarn. Click on the “Yarn Mania” tab for a chronicle of my various finds, as well as other yarn-related goodies, including my own projects. I add to it from time to time.

Is your book group planning to read Murder, She Knit? Click here for a pdf with discussion questions.

Is your group looking for a speaker? I’m happy to talk about any aspect of reading or writing mysteries–or click here for some specific talks I’ve prepared.

I’m delighted to announce that my work has been added to the Stop, You’re Killing Me! website. If you’re not already familiar with this fantastic resource for people who love mysteries, drop by and take a look. You’ll be amazed.

My first mystery series (two books worth!) was set in the world of a struggling blues band and featured a female blues-singer sleuth, “Maxx” Maxwell. When the first Maxx Maxwell mystery, Sweet Man Is Gone, came out, I launched the project of baking a music-themed pie every month for a year. I left that tab up when I redid the website for Knit & Nibble–because Pamela Paterson herself loves to bake goodies and because … pies!