Bio: I was born in Montana and raised in eastern Oregon, graduated from the University of Washington, and have advanced degrees (English and history) from the UW and Portland State. I taught at Clark College in Vancouver, WA for more than thirty years before I retired to write full time. I've had nine novels published--four regencies and five mysteries--and am now collaborating with my friend, Sarah Webb, on a YA fantasy set in Ireland before the Christian era. I also continue to write mysteries and might even write another regency if the spirit moved me. I've been happily married for many years to a man who is not only terrific but a great photographer and a computer genius. I have a son whose company I enjoy and whose Rhodesian ridgeback, Mugabe, is the model for Towser in Buffalo Bill's Defunct, my current mystery. I also have a cat, Ethel White, who is less jolly, but I'm used to her. I enjoy cooking, traveling, and reading (all kinds of fiction, archaeology, and history). I've taught fiction writing, science fiction, and Irish history, among other things, and I miss teaching mainly for the students, who were wonderful. It may be that growing up with four brothers and a sister has had greater impact on my fiction than my other life experiences, but who knows? I enjoy their company, too.

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A Cousinly Connexion
When Lady Meriden's eldest stepson and husband die within days of each other, the estate passes to the second stepson. No one has seen him in years, yet he inherits everything, including his father's gambling debts and guardianship of his seven siblings. Jane Ash rushes to her aunt's aid. Months go by before the new baron comes, and Jane is left to cope with her ailing, self-dramatizing aunt and bewildered cousins, all of whom have problems. Lady Meriden alternately spoils and neglects them. Jul... more info>>
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Love and Folly
Lady Jean Conway is wildly in love with Owen Davies, a Shellesque poet who is cataloguing the Brecon library, whereas her twin, Lady Margaret, has a tendre for Lord Clanross's private secretary, who is in love with Jean. Both Johnny Dyott, the secretary, and Owen are involved in Radical politics. So is the Earl of Clanross, who wants an immediate reform of Parliament, to the horror of Lady Anne, his political sister-in-law. His wife, Lady Elizabeth, wants to study comets, and his best friend can... more info>>
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Bar Sinister
Captain Richard Falk's brusque manner nearly alienates Emily Foster on their first meeting. Only the realization that her young son needs companions convinces her to take in his two motherless children while he returns to the fight against Napoleon's armies. For the next two years, her only contact with Falk is through his letters, terse messages, but always accompanied by charming stories for the children. She slowly falls in love with the man behind the stories. When now-Major Falk returns for... more info>>
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Lady Elizabeth's Comet
Elizabeth Conway's greatest ambition is to discover a comet. Unfortunately, she is the eldest of eight daughters of an earl, so her relative expect her to take her rightful place in Society. The heavenly bodies she views through her telescope hold far more fascination for Elizabeth than any mere male, although her perpetual beau, dashing Lord Bevis, would change that if he could. When Tom Conroy, a distant cousin and the new Earl of Clanross, appears after a year's delay, Elizabeth offers him a ... more info>>
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Larkspur
Lark Dailey faces a weekend at the mountain lodge of her mother's mentor, poet Dai Llewellyn, without enthusiasm, but Lark's detective-lover Jay finds the proximity of a notorious pot-farm interesting. The setting, a remote Sierra lake, is idyllic, perfect for canoeing and wind-surfing, not to mention fireworks. Neither Lark nor Jay expects the Fourth of July to end in murder. Surrounded by old friends, ex-lovers, devoted servants--and someone who does not love him--the poet collapses. He has be... more info>>
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Mudlark
When Lark and Jay Dodge move to Washington State's Shoalwater Peninsula, life falls into a rhythm of house renovation and baby-making until Lark's new neighbor, Bonnie, finds a corpse on the beach. The victim, an outspoken advocate of development, is the ex-wife of another neighbor, a novelist whose house burns in a mysterious fire when he refuses to sell. Circumstantial evidence makes him the prime suspect, but Lark isn't convinced and neither is Bonnie. What they discover puts their lives in ... more info>>
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Skylark
In London for a booksellers' conference, Lark shares a small flat with Ann Veryan, an English teacher from Georgia. While Lark pursues collectible books, Ann explores London for the first time. They've struck up a friendship with Milos Vlacek, a Czech refugee waiter from the conference hotel. On their way home from a matinee of Macbeth at the Barbicon, Milos is stabbed on the Underground. Minutes earlier he had given Ann a manuscript to carry for him in her huge needlepoint purse. What do you do... more info>>
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