Hello and welcome to my new website --
I love to write, but often when I read over my work, I get a terrible urge to rewrite the page. The publication of And the Dog Took the Cat, the second book in my Sutton Place Mystery series, allowed me a guilt-free opportunity to revise this site, which I created when The Tap Dancing Gorilla, the first book in the series, was published.
Kitty Larsen and Carla Miller, the protagonists in my books set on Manhattan's Upper East Side, are "real New Yorkers," that is people who were born somewhere else, but love the city better than their place of birth. Kitty is a rough and tumble senior citizen who spent her early years on a ranch in North Dakota. Forty-seven-year old Carla is a recently divorced mother of two from Long Island who teams up with Kitty in And the Dog Took the Cat.
You are a real New Yorker if you:
- Are 35 years old and don't have a driver's license
- Have no concept of north or south, but know that Fifth Avenue divides the east side of Manhattan from the west side
- Cross the street anywhere you want and yell at cars for not respecting your right to do so
- Are not the least bit interested in going to Times Square on New Year's Eve
- Pay $530 a monthly to park your car in a garage and believe that a 500 square foot apartment is large
- Cringe when you hear tourists pronounce the Lower East Side HOW-STON Street like HU-STON, the city in Texas
I hope you will explore my website, where you can read a synopsis of both books and, at the click of a button, excerpts from the books. If you like to cook, perhaps you will be tempted to try some recipes that reflect Kitty and Carla's radically different culinary skills. I've also included my bio which traces the winding path that took me from an aspiring department store fashion buyer to a mystery writer.
If you have any questions about the books in the Sutton Place Mystery series or this website, email me at . I promise that I will answer you.