My new short story in AHMM!

I’m happy to announce that my latest mystery short story, “Jumbie Tea,” is in the June 2013 issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, arriving in bookstores (real and online) and newsstands this week and available for a month. “Jumbie Tea” is set in my hometown–St. Thomas, VI–and it involves a young tourist couple with a sinister, one-eyed old Obeah woman. When she serves them her magical potion, they get more than they bargained for: sun, sand, Voodoo, walking dead people, and…murder? Continue reading

The sincerest form of flattery: 12 Hitchcock homages

It’s no secret that Alfred Hitchcock is my favorite film director, but even I don’t love him as much as his fellow film directors love him. Hollywood has always been famous for following trends and jumping on bandwagons, but rarely has the imitating been more explicit than the long, venerable line of homages to Hitchcock by some of our finest filmmakers. Continue reading

Book v. Movie: The Woman In Black

I remember the first time I read Susan Hill’s now-classic ghost story, The Woman In Black. I was transported to a northern coastal village in England at the turn of the last century, and I was mesmerized by the tale. The novel was published in 1983, and it was soon adapted for TV, radio, and the stage. The play is still running in London’s West End after more than 20 years. I’ve never seen it, but I was interested to see the recent film version. Continue reading

Whatever happened to “Bond, James Bond”?

Happy New Year! I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and productive 2013. I’m getting an early start on it, myself–I’m finishing up a new novel, planning the next one, and working to get the rest of my backlist available as e-books before the next New Year’s Eve is upon us. And, in what has become an annual tradition, a few close friends and I saw in the new year together here in NYC, not in Times Square (ugh!) but in a movie theater, followed by dinner at a favorite Greenwich Village restaurant. The dinner was great, the movie…not so much. Our pick this year was SKYFALL, the new James Bond movie, and I must say I was a bit underwhelmed. Continue reading

A new kind of thriller

I’ve just finished reading GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn, which is currently a top bestseller in America. The book has made several end-of-year Top 10 lists for 2012, including the New York Times. It is Flynn’s third published novel, and its enormous popularity has catapulted her two earlier books, SHARP OBJECTS and DARK PLACES, back onto bestseller lists everywhere. It is the “breakout” book for the former journalist, who was a TV critic for Entertainment Weekly. Now, everybody in the world is talking about it.

Gone Girl DJWhy all the fuss over a suspense novel? Continue reading

There ought to be a (new) law!

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This is a very sad day. The appalling news from Connecticut has stunned the nation, and we’re all talking (again!) about guns in America. The only decent question is: Why are we still talking about it?

I write stories about crime and criminals. I’ve invented creeps and losers and lunatics who commit all sorts of mayhem in my mysteries. But that’s where they belong–in mystery stories. How do we keep them there, and out of the real world? I don’t have an answer for that, but I know one solution that would slow them down considerably. Continue reading

My interview on

My first interview in 10 years is on Lisa Greer’s wonderful Gothicked blog. Lisa is an author of Gothic and romantic suspense novels (her website is here), and she also runs this terrific blog for everyone who’s interested in the Gothic style of mystery. Since most of my books fall into that general category, she invited me over for a Q&A session. You can read it here.