Bio: I was born some time back in Illinois and spent my first 18 years in a small town downstate. After the usual college career, I got an MA in English Lit. at U.of I., and met my husband, a Korean War vet with a bad case of congenital itchy foot, there. While he finished his Phd in Engineering, I produced five kids and took various part-time jobs: everything from waitress to library asst. to clerk-typist.
We trailed the kids after us to Texas, Louisiana (New Orleans!), Queensland and the Northern Territory in Australia, and the Big Island of Hawaii. After that, with the kids all grown up and busily producing grandchildren, we moved to s. FL, where we lived on a 26-ft. sailboat for upwards of fifteen years. Now we live in an apartment (it?s bigger than the boat, and has a refrigerator!) in Gainesville, FL.
In addition to my addiction to writing, I?ve been: an English instructor, a high-school teacher, a word-processor operator in an Agronomy dept., a temp, an assistant to a bankruptcy trustee, dogsbody for a Mac-freak programmer and inventor manqué, and mailroom employee in a mailing service.
Calvin Kahanamoku is a college football star on a scholarship, young and good looking. So when aging but still lovely--and rich--Helen Palmgren offers him bed and board for Spring Break, he can't resist. Their idyll ends when he discovers her dead in her boudoir and finds himself the most likely suspect. Calvin calls on P.I. Gin Ritchy to find the real killer and clear his name. When Gin starts digging into Helen's past, she finds too many well kept secrets, including a murder that no one but H... more info>>
Florida P.I. Gin Ritchey lives on a boat and takes life easy whenever she can. Trouble is, she never overheard a conversation she didn't find interesting. Her snowbird neighbors from New Jersey, three couples and a widower with a sexy young girlfriend, spend a lot of time outdoors where she can share their lives vicariously. When the widower dies mysteriously, everyone suspects the girlfriend, but Gin isn't so sure. There's something suspicious about the situation, and when she talks to Bunny (w... more info>>
P.I. Gin Ritchey and the other marina inhabitants are surprised to find that a murder has taken place right across the canal. The victim is detestable talk-show host Win Lovatt, a man with myriads of enemies. A fair few people, in fact, are of the opinion that the killer has done a public service. Gin herself is not sure she cares if the murderer is caught or not. Enter Lovatt's widow, the beautiful Lolita. The police are convinced that she murdered her husband, with whom she had a yelling match... more info>>
Hurricane Andrew left more than devastation in his wake. Aboard the Pretty Woman, Shorty Stubblefield had survived the wind, but not the bullet in his head. Once again Gin Ritchey is faced with a mystery, and this one is complicated by a couple of unscrupulous treasure hunters, an ex-wife more interested in justice than her inheritance, and the hurricane's aftermath. The more clues she turns up, the greater the danger to marina residents who know too much, and she may be one of them.