One of my Favorite Places – Basecamp Cafe in Pine Mountain Club

Thank you for your interest in me and my books. Writing crime fiction gives me great pleasure. Check out my Santa Monica series featuring Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department.

I  write a second series set in Sierra Mountain Village featuring Detective Dex Stafford of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. The setting bears a resemblance to the colorful mountain village in California where I lived until recently. But, I assure you, only nice people live here and no one can remember the last murder, except in the pages of Payback. The second title in the series is called The Most Dangerous Species, winner of First Place in Fiction – Book category.

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Recent Articles


  • Weekend in Quebec City
  • My new life in another country. Quebec City looms over the St. Lawrence River in the Province of Quebec. From the heights, you can see mile after mile of wooded downtowns and suburbs down below.   Decisive battles took place here … READ MORE »

  • Smart Women:  Bad Choices: A Weekend in Quebec City
  • My friend Judith Cassis and I took an excursion boat out into the mighty St. Lawrence Seaway connecting the inland provinces of Canada to the Atlantic Ocean. The currents in this deep and swift river make it one of the … READ MORE »

  • Arrival in a New Country
  • I’m now living my new life in another country.  The basic set up of a new life in Ontario, Canada requires patience and grim determination.  Stamina as well. A few days have passed since the hellish date of departure, and … READ MORE »

  • Price Has No Relationship to Value
  • Nostalgia is not your friend. Sentiment is your enemy. You must be ruthless. Everyone I know has a story about when they moved into their current home. I recognize the dazed look in the eyes of military or corporate families who … READ MORE »

  • A New Life in Another Country
  • In June of 2019, a moving van will transport my worldly possessions to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. My little family of cats and dogs will follow. Ottawa is Canada’s capital, Justin Trudeau’s city. He’s probably the only Canadian politician most non-Canadians … READ MORE »