Hark, a giveaway!

Oh, y’all are NOT going to want to miss out on this. My publisher, the esteemed and lovely folks at Penguin Random House, are giving away a sensational bundle of books featuring murdersome relatives. It’s called “Family is Deadly” and includes an ARC of A MURDEROUS RELATION! You have until December 5 to enter, so check out this link for details. Good luck!

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Back again, back again, back again home!

Back from my travels which were wonderful–except for the phlegmy funk I picked up in Paris. (I blame the skeletons in the Catacombs…) Anyway, a few weeks ago, I did an interview with Write Around The Corner, a show produced by Blue Ridge PBS–and they decided to kick off their season with my episode! We filmed it at the local botanical gardens just at the end of butterfly season, and you’ll spot lots of winged friends popping by during the interview. Enjoy!

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Leaving on a jet plane!

Today I’m leaving for London and Paris! If you don’t already follow me on Instagram and Twitter, this is a great time to start as I’ll be posting from the road. Also, if you haven’t already signed up for newsletters, be sure to do that before November 5 because my publisher will be providing an ARC of A MURDEROUS RELATION to one lucky newsletter subscriber. (Sign up using the handy-dandy widget on the sidebar here or on the main page of the website. We never share your information.) See you in November!

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Hark, a giveaway!

Are you reading this before October 24? Head over to Goodreads and enter my publisher’s giveaway for a chance to win one of ten copies of A CURIOUS BEGINNING!

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The newest Veronica (March 2020) is ready for pre-order! We have a gorgeous cover (thanks to the enormously talented art department at Berkley):

Want to know more? Here’s a sneak peek at Veronica’s latest adventure:

Veronica Speedwell navigates a dark world of scandal and murder in this new adventure from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award nominated author Deanna Raybourn.

Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague Stoker are asked by Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk to help with a potential scandal so explosive it threatens to rock the monarchy. Prince Albert Victor is a regular visitor to the most exclusive private club in London, known as the Club de l’Etoile, and the proprietess, Madame Aurore, has received an expensive gift that can be traced back to the prince. Lady Wellie would like Veronica and Stoker to retrieve the jewel from the club before scandal can break.

Worse yet, London is gripped by hysteria in the autumn of 1888, terrorized by what would become the most notorious and elusive serial killer in history, Jack the Ripper–and Lady Wellie suspects the prince may be responsible.

Veronica and Stoker reluctantly agree to go undercover at Madame Aurore’s high class brothel, where another body soon turns up. Many secrets are swirling around Veronica and the royal family–and it’s up to Veronica and Stoker to find the truth, before it’s too late for all of them.

All the pre-order info here!

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A giveaway!

Lovely news–my publisher, Berkley, is giving away a copy of MILADY, a JUST published rollicking swashbuckler of a novel by Laura L. Sullivan. (We all know the best part of “The Three Musketeers” from 1973 was Faye Dunaway as Milady de Winter, right? Am I the only one who longs for her cage hood and pearls?) MILADY is a retelling of the Musketeers adventure through the eyes of one of literature’s greatest villainesses. It’s a lush romp–a perfect summer travel read. If you’d like to enter, head over to my Instagram feed and check it out! (If you’re not already an Instagram follower of mine, just click on the Instagram logo below and it will take you straight to my page.) Contest closes Wednesday–good luck!

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Fabulous news–and an interview!

Alright, my dears, how about some SPLENDID news? I am delighted to announce that I’ve agreed to write two more Veronica Speedwell novels for the fabulous folks at Berkley! That’s Veronica #6 and #7 if you’re keeping count. I expect they will pub in 2021 and 2022, but it’s way too early to know for certain. (#5 is already written and will be published in spring of 2020.) I can’t wait to share more Veronica adventures with you!

And here’s an interview I did for the delightful podcast The Joys of Binge Reading. I had a superb time chatting with the host, Jenny Wheeler. You can listen or read the transcript because Jenny is just that cool and has the entire show already transcribed. Hope you enjoy!

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Hello, m’dears

Goodness me, how very much has happened since the last post. I had great intentions for May. GREAT INTENTIONS. And almost none of it happened. I planned to take a social media hiatus while I was finishing revisions to the next Veronica book. I planned to do yoga everyday. I planned to SWIM IN MY OWN SERENITY. And fate laughed. This is what went out on June 5 in my latest newsletter:

Dear Readers,

So, it’s June. May started out with such good intentions! Remember my plans about a social media hiatus and yoga and all the other self-care stuff? Yeah, the very day you got that newsletter, it went completely off the rails. That was the day we had to say goodbye to our beloved Deacon, my writing buddy and the best dog who ever lived. Grief knocks you like a two by four, doesn’t it? (I’m writing this May 29th, and I literally just teared up half an hour ago when I went out to water the lilies we planted on his grave.) Those of you who follow me on social media have known my beautiful golden dude for years, and I’ve had the loveliest messages of consolation and sympathy. There were, quite literally, hundreds of you who posted, and I was so comforted by your kindness. He will be missed always.

May was also the month in which I tore apart Veronica Speedwell #5 during revisions. My editor, who is GIFTED, made a few suggestions and that morphed into me deciding to torch the middle of the book and rewrite it—all the way up until deadline which was Memorial Day. (It’s much better, I promise.)

And in a development which immensely helped—and a little bit complicated—things, my Mother’s Day gift was a puppy. (He’s a jet-black bundle of sweetness and shark teeth called Bentley. Feel free to follow him in Instagram where my husband is posting his adventures.)

So. That was a lot, a whiplash month that picked me up and shook me forty different ways. I coped by taking each day as its own invention, and often, after my work was finished, all I wanted was to crash on the sofa for some comfort viewing. I binge-watched Escape to the Country and Gardeners World and the Chelsea Flower Show and the Tour of California bike race, programs that didn’t ask much of me. More than once, I zoned out and snapped back to life only when the closing credits ran. I forgot almost everything I watched, and that suited me fine.

The very best of the comfort watching I found is on Netflix—Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast. It’s a Korean show that spans two seasons, and the premise is absolutely charming. Hyori Lee, possibly Korean’s biggest pop star EVER, opened her home to guests. She and her husband cooked for visitors, coached them through yoga classes, composed songs, played with their dogs. (Imagine if Beyoncé and Jay-Z decided to hold a summer camp.) It was gentle and sweet; everyone was kind and thoughtful and the biggest conflict was when they had to figure out where the plumbing leak was coming from. (I won’t spoil it for you because it was MAJOR PLUMBING DRAMA.)

In watching the two seasons, I realized there are a few basic lessons I could take away from Hyori and maybe they’ll be helpful for you too:

*Yoga can improve most things.

*Tea will improve whatever yoga can’t.

*Start each day peacefully.

*Do one thing with your whole self.

*Cook to nourish all of you.

*Bonfires and candles give more than one kind of warmth.

*Be excited by small things.

*Tidy as you go.

*Rest often.

*Love animals.

*Get out in nature at least once a day.

*Watch the sunset.

*Create as a child does, without rules.

*Care for others, actively.

*Dress comfortably.

*Be authentic.

*Share your love.

*Share your wealth.

*Honor change.

*Accept the unexpected.

*Honor your emotions.

*Make your own fun.

*The best way to say hello to a cat is by blinking slowly.


Now, I feel back on the path to restoration. I am finding my way to a new way, and June holds a lot of promise. I hope your June is good.

Happy reading,


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On a brief hiatus

Happy almost May! The online journal is on hiatus until June. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter (just over there to the right is an easy little form for you) before May 5 to get the latest. In the meantime, I’m off to New York this week for the Edgars ceremony!


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Home again, home again!

I am at home after a fantastic tour–and I am SO GRATEFUL to each and every one of you who came to events, ordered and bought books, checked them out from the library, reviewed, tweeted, Instagrammed, talked, and THOUGHT about A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION. Thanks to you, it is a USA Today Bestseller!

Here’s a quick Meet The Author video my publisher shot last month!

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