Dear Friends:
             Wow! The summer zoomed by, but what a summer it’s been! Weather-wise in the Hudson Valley, with minimal rain since June and temperatures above 90 degrees, the leaves are already turning crispy brown. Compared to the snow, I’ll take the heat any day. But our poor vegetable garden took a terrible hit. We lost our beans and cucumbers quite early, but now we're drowning in cherry, heirlooms and beefeater tomatoes. Not a bad way to go. And as I write this, the rains have finally arrived.
            On the home front, my husband Mike and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary, and our family welcomed another new member in July. Wesley joined our clan on July 8th and he, his parents and big brother Wade are settling in nicely. It’s hard to remember that when babies arrive, they are such tiny, fragile creatures who depend on us for everything. It’s fun to watch your children and grandchildren grow, but it certainly puts your life into perspective. Me, a way! LOL!
            As the summer winds down, I’m gearing up for lots of fall activities. My publisher, Level Best Books, is re-releasing my award-winning debut thriller, “The Midnight Call” in late September, and I have a calendar full of author and “The Writer’s Law School” appearances in store. This spring, I had a terrific time traveling and chatting about “Hooker Avenue,” and readers seemed entranced by my novel’s link to the true crime of the Kendall Francois serial killers. Along the way, I reconnected with old friends and made new ones at libraries, bookstores and virtually. I’m hoping to make even more connections in the fall.
            September is “Read a New Book Month” and I have listed a few of my new favorites for you in this newsletter. Even an old book can be new if you’ve never read it before. Because I’m such a Bridgerton fan, I’m reading my way through Julia Quinn’s series.  I’m up to the fourth book, “Romancing Mr. Bridgerton,” in anticipation of the new Netflix season in early 2023. They skipped Benedict’s story, the second in line, and are heading straight to Collin, probably because he and Penelope Featherington are fan favorites. The easy-to-read series is chock full of history, mystery and yes, sex, but it’s all in fun. And who can’t use a bit of fun?
            Speaking of fun, I’m diligently working on book three, “The Empty Kayak,” which will also be out in the spring of 2023. The plot moves from the tranquil lands of Dutchess County into the murky, mysterious waters of the Hudson River. It’s been fascinating to learn how the Hudson River keeps her secrets from firefighter, police officers, kayakers and aquatic forensic experts. In “Kayak,” one of my characters loses someone dear to them, and is it because of an accident, suicide or murder? You’ll have to wait to find out!
            And don't forget to follow me on social media to be the first to see the "Cover Reveal" for the newest edition of "The Midnight Call." It's coming soon!           
            Hopefully, our paths will cross this autumn as I hit the road. Until then, enjoy the warmth, sunshine and the season of apple picking.
            Take care.
A Tale of Two Bridges
The FDR Mid-Hudson Bridge
The 1930 opening of the Frank D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge, which connects Poughkeepsie and Highland, was officiated by Hyde Park residents the then-Governor Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. The idea for the bridge was introduced in 1923, at which time the only bridge crossing the river south of Albany was the Bear Mountain Bridge in Peekskill. That year, Governor Alfred E. Smith signed the legislation approving the bridge designed by Ralph Modjeski, who had worked on the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge. The construction took five years, and massive caissons weighing 66,000 tons were sunk into the riverbed to support the 3000-foot long suspension bridge. The twin 315 feet Gothic steel towers were constructed in 1929.
Walkway Over the Hudson Historic State Park
In 2009, the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge constructed in 1889, was transformed into the Walkway Over the Hudson Historic State Park. Prior to 1974, the 212 foot high trestle bridge formed a connection between the U.S. East Coast to the rest of the country, allowing the transportation of freight and passengers. To make the bridge less visible, it was painted black during World War Two and was repainted until the 1960s. Shuttered and abandoned after a fire in 1974, the bridge was repurposed into the world’s longest pedestrian bridge and the third most visited state park after Niagara Falls and Jones Beach, drawing over 600,000 visitors a year. It is also an integral part of the Hudson Valley-Dutchess Rail Trail. For more information visit:, and

September is  "Read a New Book" Month, and I have some special recommendations for you. I'm especially excited because two of my upcoming reviews include interviews with two of my favorite authors! Ann Cleeves and Veronica Roth! Ann is the criminal mastermind behind Shetland, Vera and the Two Rivers mysteries. Veronica brought magic into the world with her Divergent Trilogy and The Chosen Ones. Here are my latest selections:
6:20 Man - Baldacci*
            Poster Girl – Veronica Roth*
                 The Rising Tide – Ann Cleeves*
              Dawnlands – Phillipa Gregory
          Waypoints – Sam Heughan
*Check out my reviews at
For the chilly autumn evenings, turn on the gas fireplace and snuggle up with these thrilling, rib-tickling and ground-breaking programs:

                         Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
                           The Night Manager (Amazon Prime)
        Darby and Joan (Acorn)
             House of the Dragon (HBO)
Dark Waters (AMC)
                                                    Hacks (HBO)
                                                    M*A*S*H (Hulu)

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