I grew up in Brooklyn in the 1950s and 60s, the height of the baby boom. Kids were everywhere, and life was idyllic. Being the child of two mystery-loving parents helped shape my lifelong love of the genre. My attorney dad was an avid reader of whodunits and especially loved locked-room puzzles. My schoolteacher mom was a fan of detective series on TV. I’ve always been drawn to cozy mysteries because all the gore takes place “offstage.”  As someone astutely remarked, in a cozy mystery someone is killed but no one gets hurt.

After graduating from Brooklyn College, I moved to northern California, where I launched my career as an editor and writer. I’ve worked at national magazines, edited home and garden books, served as the brand voice for a garden retailer, and written articles on everything from robotic surgery to dog parks. But writing this mystery has definitely been the highlight for me.

I live with my husband, our rescue dog, and a turtle (long story) not far from our two grown daughters. When not working or spending time with my family, I hike, garden, and brush up on my French skills, which have sadly fallen into disrepair.