V. S. Alexander to give talk on “The Ins and Outs of the Agent Biz”

V. S. Alexander, author of The Magdalen Girls and the upcoming The Taster, will present “The Ins and Outs of the Agent Biz” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 26th, at Murder on the Beach Bookstore in Delray Beach, FL.  It’s the answer to the first question writers often ask: “How do I get an agent?” For more information about the talk, please visit the bookstore’s Upcoming Events page.

V. S. Alexander’s The Magdalen Girls goes into sixth printing

Kensington Publishing has gone back to press for a sixth printing of V. S. Alexander’s The Magdalen Girls.

Dublin, 1962. Teagan Tiernan is sent by her parents to the convent of The Sisters of the Holy Redemption when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest. The convent houses the Magdalen Laundries, a grim workhouse where “fallen” girls are forced to work in virtual slavery—if they can stay alive. Befriending two other girls, Teagan fights to survive…as she plots her escape….

Steve Goble’s The Bloody Black Flag receives starred Library Journal review

Steve Goble’s The Bloody Black Flag (Prometheus/Seventh Street, September 2017), the first book in his Spider John mystery series, has received a starred review in Library Journal:


DEBUT    After a fight in a Boston tavern, Spider John Rush and his friend Ezra escape by joining the crew of a pirate ship heading to Jamaica in 1722. But someone onboard spreads the word among the superstitious shipmates that Ezra’s grandmother and mother were hanged as witches in Salem. When Ezra is discovered dead, everyone claims it was a drunken accident. Spider John is the only one who suspects murder, and as the ship’s carpenter, he has the opportunity to move around and listen. Spider John has no one to trust, but he’s determined to stay alive long enough to find justice for his dead friend. VERDICT This original, gritty, action-packed debut is rich in historical detail. Suggest for readers who enjoy the Pirates of the Caribbean movies or Patrick O’Brian’s seafaring adventures.-LH

Nancy J. Cohen’s Facials Can Be Fatal a finalist for Royal Palm Literary Award

Nancy J. Cohen’s Facials Can Be Fatal, the latest book in her Bad Hair Day mystery series, is a finalist for the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition in the Fiction Mystery or Crime Genre Category. Winners will be announced on October 21 during the annual conference of the Florida Writers Association, sponsors of the award. Nancy will also be speaking at this conference.