Cold Crash

cold crash front coverby Jennifer Young

Cinnamon Press

For archaeologist Maxine ‘Max’ Falkland, life in early-50s London is difficult enough as she tries to move on from the death of her brother, an RAF pilot shot down over Korea. But, when she meets John Knox things get more complicated — before they get outright dangerous.

Mystery Sub-Genres: Historical, Suspense & Thriller

Other Characteristics: Female Protagonist, London, Mull, Scotland, 1950s

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Look The Other Way

LTOW Front Coverby Kristina Stanley

Imajin Books

A year after her Uncle Bobby mysteriously disappears in the turquoise waters surrounding the Bahamas, Shannon Payne joins her grieving aunt to trace Bobby’s last voyage. Shannon hopes the serenity of the sea might help her recover from a devastating breakup with her fiancé.

Mystery Sub-Genres: Adventure & Explorer, Romance

Other Characteristics: Contemporary, Female Protagonist, Sailing, Bahamas

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The Hatbox Murders

by Jennifer BergHatboxCover

Barking Rain Press

Inspector Riggs reluctantly agrees to re-examine a supposed suicide case, but when his investigation leads to murder, he will have to convince a clever librarian to go undercover to catch the murderer.

Mystery Sub-Genres: Detective, Historical, Traditional, Amateur Sleuth, Soft-Boiled

Other Characteristics: Seattle, 1950’s, female sleuth

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(This is the format I’m considering for my Mystery Beacon series.)

The Mystery Beacon

And now for something different and new. This year, I’ve decided to start highlighting mysteries across the board, new and old, specifically focusing on the genres and sub-genres of those mysteries. This is a vast and objective subject to say the least! I haven’t done anything quite like this before and I hope to get the input of other mystery writers and fans with this project. More, coming soon…

The Charlatan Murders: Galley Proofs

For the second time this year, I’m editing galley proofs. My next book, The Charlatan Murders, will be released at the end of March. In the coming weeks, I’ll get to see cover sketches and blurbs, and I’ll watch the magic (from a distance) as Barking Rain Press pulls together all the logistics that goes into a final printed book. It’s an amazing process and I’m loving every minute of it. In fact, I might even be more excited than I was the first time around, because when I went through this process with The Hatbox Murders, a (fairly large) part of me still didn’t really believe it was actually happening, whereas this time I know it’s real!!!

Some thoughts on Creativity

Everyone is creative. Creativity isn’t an elusive muse, or a super power bestowed on a select few, it’s hard work, failures, and persistence. Just like we are all capable of logical thinking, we are all capable of creative thinking. And if we choose to cultivate those skills, it’s only a matter of practice. The more we play with ideas and allow our creativity (and failures) the easier it all becomes.


Protecting my Historical Setting

This summer, I took a refreshing but much-too-brief vacation in the Pacific Northwest. It’s always a delight to go home and visit so many memorable places and people I love. Even if I hadn’t grown up in the area, it’s just a awesome place to vacation. But I have to admit that there’s always a tiny nagging fear when I go home.

Since my mysteries take place in a Seattle of the past (or more specifically, in my imaginary 1950s Seattle) I’m always afraid that the real, modern city will somehow corrupt the historical one in my mind. Of course, this isn’t a logical fear. And fortunately, it never happens.

The two places exist, one as a actual location and the other one in my mind. The real Seattle is bigger and grander than ever, and now that I’m back home I’m antsy to “visit” the other Seattle again by jumping into my next Elliott Bay Mystery.  🙂

1950s 4th of July Celebrations

I spend a lot of time researching the past, usually random details. It’s hard to find specific research on exactly how folks were celebrating America’s national holiday back in the 1950s. But newspaper articles, old television shows, and those who remember, all confirm the same thing: not much has changed. (And why should it?) Back then, American families and friends celebrated this summer holiday the same way we do now, with parades, picnics, and backyard BBQs. Of course, they did it with more jello cake and we do it with bigger fireworks shows. Growing up in the northwest, our family tradition was to visit to Mt. Rainier for a 4th of July snowball fight. That’s a picnic of sorts. But whatever your celebration, I hope you enjoy the time with family and friends.




Green (with envy)

I’ve been think it over and I’ve realized that I’m seriously jealous of my future self. First of all, she’s crazy organized. She’s super accomplished, very well-read, and thoroughly adventurous. I’m mean, that woman really has it all together. I think she can probably salsa dance too. Wow.

Okay, enough of that. Back to editing.