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Books in My Handbag

Books in My Handbag

Many thanks to Jessie Cahalin for including my novels in her fabulous Books in My Handbag gallery! As she writes, “every single composition sets the scene and tells a story. There are themes such as mystery, escapism, adventure and romance. The images demonstrate the fact that authors are fun story-tellers who absolutely adore a creative challenge!” Check out the hundreds of photographs on her blog. I’m also pleased to see the release of The Lover’s Portrait audiobook is mentioned on…

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Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery out in March 2018

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery out in March 2018

I am thrilled to announce my third mystery will be released in March 2018! Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery has been a joy to write. It combines my love for anthropology, history, artifacts and Amsterdam into one novel. 🙂  Beta readers are also excited about it, one wrote back: ‘Excellent story, interesting twists. I really love The Lover’s Portrait but Rituals of the Dead is a step up.’ Be sure and read The Lover’s Portrait and Down and Out…

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The Lover’s Portrait is a finalist in Rosie’s Book Review Team 2017 Awards

The Lover’s Portrait is a finalist in Rosie’s Book Review Team 2017 Awards

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery is 1 of 5 finalists in The Rosie’s Book Review Team 2017 Awards! I am honored beyond belief. The RBRT reviews hundreds of books each year. To be 1 of their top 5 already makes my art mystery a winner, in my mind  However, it would be wonderful to actually win! If you enjoyed The Lover’s Portrait, would you take a moment to vote for it (in the Mystery category)? THANK YOU!!    …

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Map Your Mystery’s Favorites of the Year & Interview

Map Your Mystery’s Favorites of the Year & Interview

I am deeply honored to see The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery was selected by Christine of Map Your Mystery blog as one of her favorite mysteries of 2017! Considering she’s read more than 250 books this year, I am humbled and excited at the same time! If you enjoy reading mysteries strong in setting, you won’t want to miss her reviews. Check out her ‘Reading Goals’ post to see her complete list of favorite mysteries. She was also kind…

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Indie Advent Calendar is back!

Indie Advent Calendar is back!

Every day in December you’ll meet fantastic new authors and learn about their books during the Indie Advent Calendar. It’s the perfect way to find gift ideas for those difficult to buy for people in your life. Or perhaps you’ll be adding things to your own wish list 🙂 Two authors will be featured every day and many will be giving away books, sharing excerpts and chatting with readers. I will be featured on December 20. There are plenty of…

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Budhanilkantha – An Excerpt from Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand

Budhanilkantha – An Excerpt from Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand

Here’s a short excerpt from my travelogue Notes of a Naive Traveler, about one of the many impressive holy sites in Nepal I was lucky enough to visit. December 4, 1999: Budhanilkantha and Sundarijal Last weekend, our neighbor’s son Shekhar and various family members took me to Budhanilkantha and Sundarijal, two holy sites close to our house. To get to Budhanilkantha, Shekhar led us up the very high hill behind our house, through a collection of tiny villages bordering the…

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Paperback giveaway exclusive for newsletter subscribers

Paperback giveaway exclusive for newsletter subscribers

Hey, readers! I’ve got a giveaway going on – exclusive for newsletter subscribers 🙂 Now is your chance to win a signed paperback copy of one of my mysteries – plus a bit of swag. My travel and art-inspired thrillers make great presents for your friends, family or yourself! Subscribe to my newsletter now to find out how to enter!  The contest is open internationally. The winners will be chosen on Saturday December 2, 2017. Don’t delay! One lucky reader will…

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Restitution of Nazi-Looted Artwork after World War Two: A Dutch Perspective

Restitution of Nazi-Looted Artwork after World War Two: A Dutch Perspective

Before moving to Amsterdam, I knew very little about the restitution of artwork stolen by the Nazis during World War Two, a topic that plays a central role in my novel, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery. Sure, I’d read about controversial cases in newspapers and wondered why museums didn’t hand over the artwork immediately when legitimate claimants appeared on the scene, but also why it took the relative of the legal owner so long to submit a claim. Only…

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Interesting and Obscure World War Two References in Literature

Interesting and Obscure World War Two References in Literature

My second novel, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery, is an amateur sleuth mystery describing the plight of homosexuals and Jewish artists in Europe during World War II, as well as the complexities inherent to the restitution of artwork stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. Before writing it, I read a number of very interesting and somewhat obscure reference books and articles to help me better understand this complex period in European history. I’ve seen several Goodreads…

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Happy Halloween! Costume fun and Giveaway season has begun

Happy Halloween! Costume fun and Giveaway season has begun

Happy Halloween everyone! We’re already back from our son’s children’s party and enjoying being inside instead of trick or treating in the rain 🙂 Are you dressing up this year? Share your costumes in the comments below! To celebrate the first of many holidays, I’ve set up the first of many giveaways 🙂 Amazon US customers can now enter to win one of three paperback copies of Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery. Click here to enter. Don’t delay, the…

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