Happy New Year!

From my publisher, Boom-Books:

We’re looking forward to a brand-new year (play it, Pete Townshend!) . . . hoping 2021 will be full of reignited friendships, collaborations, festivities, and hugs.

While the late winter Left Coast Crime conference won’t resume in person until 2022, mystery writers and fans are still crossing our fingers for Malice Domestic at the end of April. At Boom-Books we’re especially excited about the launch of Malice’s 2021 anthology Murder Most Diabolical, presented by Lifetime Achievement Award winner Walter Mosley and featuring our author CJ Verburg’s story “A Terrible Tragedy.” Set on Cape Cod, this is the first foray of artist/author/sleuth Edgar Rowdey into the vibrant local theater scene, when he’s tapped to design the set for a Hollywood director’s production of Macbeth.

Whether Malice Domestic 2021 is 3-D or virtual, keep an eye out for Murder Most Diabolical!

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Speaking for myself, I wish you all the best in 2021. Writing “A Terrible Tragedy” was great fun. If all goes well, I hope to return to the East Coast in April for a double book-launch celebration, at Malice Domestic and at the Edward Gorey House when it reopens in April. Director Gregory Hischak has done a diabolically ingenious job of keeping this wonderful little museum in motion through a challenging season — introducing Gorey fans old and new to rarely seen drawings and other works of art both visual and verbal from the pen of Yarmouth Port, MA’s best-loved genius.

Also poised for possible April 2021 publication is my new Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery: Scalped, or The Toastrack Enigma. The title comes from Edward Gorey’s pastiche Agatha Christie cover for a faux novel by the mythical Golden Age authoress D. Awdrey-Gore. Meta to the max!

Stay tuned . . .

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