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“Bringing exciting elements of murder, politics, journalism, and ethics, this novel kept me guessing who till the very end. The Question is Murder is a breath of fresh literary air in a world of much predictability.”

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Jonas Hawke Series

Hawke’s Point

A heart stent that may save lives—or end them—creates an ethical minefield that threatens the future of an entire town in this first of the Jonas Hawke novels.

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Hawke’s Return

When a teen cries #metoo with nothing but her word to back it up, Jonas is left to sort out a mystery that could destroy the career of a man who may be innocent .

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Hawke’s Discovery

Hints of a dark secret from the past could easily upend the gubernatorial election in Vermont, putting Jonas on the spot in the latest Jonas Hawke novel.

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When Mystery & Suspense magazine asked me to write an article about political mysteries for July posting, I immediately thought of one of my favorite novels, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré, who died in December. I pulled the novel off my bookshelf, thinking I would skim a...

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I was doing an interview the other day to promote my new book, my first mystery, when the host asked me what I like to read. I should have expected the question—it’s a standard for authors—but I froze. There is such a huge variety in what I read that I...

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No Better Time to Read The Library Book

Reading The Library Book a year into the pandemic is a bittersweet experience, to say the least. Libraries aren’t at the top of what I most missed this past year—seeing friends and family in person has to take that spot—but losing the hustle and bustle of a fully functioning, stimulating,...

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