Announcing My New Book

September, 1967

After twenty-seven years with the FBI, Assistant Special Agent, James Riley, has officially retired. Finally out of the crazy and unpredictable world of law enforcement, he and his wife, Meg, are excited to start the next chapter of their lives in the small town of Monrovia, California.

Meg throws James a surprise retirement party that brings their daughter, Clair, and her husband Tom, home from Ohio and reunites James with his old friend Bob Maywood. When Clair announces that she and Tom will be moving back to Monrovia, James and Meg are thrilled. However, their excitement turns to terror when Clair and Tom fail to return from a short walk. A search of the neighborhood leads James and Bob to an abandoned house, where they find Clair’s opal and diamond necklace and a chloroform-soaked rag.

James and Bob team up with his former supervisor, Special Agent Hank Welch, to find Clair and Tom. They will soon find themselves caught in a web of lies, revenge, and deception that threatens the Riley family and friends.


What’s New

The audio version of ‘Crimson Gold’ went live on December 24th. Producing and publishing the audiobook was an interesting journey from selecting a producer to approving the final product. It is exciting to know that I have introduced my book to a new audience.

Now that this project is completed, I am writing my next book, Hands Across The Grave,  a sequel to “Crimson Gold”.








Audio Books


I was interested in publishing an audio book. I went to Amazon’s ACX service that helps you convert a novel into an audio book. I started the process, but didn’t know what I was doing. I stopped the process and basically gave up on the idea.

In June we had a speaker at our monthly Sister’s In Crime mtg. The speaker, a screenwriter turned author, talked about audio books and using the ACX service.   I was so inspired by her presentation,  I left the  meeting determined to give it another try.

So today I finished the registration process on ACX and submitted my book for auditions. I will let you know how it goes.


Trip to Alaska

I was finally ready to publish ‘Crimson Gold’ in July of 2013. However, there was one more thing I needed to do, take a trip to Talkeetna, Alaska. Talkeetna was the last town before the prospectors made the long, difficult hike to the mining camps. Also, the majority of my Grandfather’s letters were mailed out of Talkeetna.

In August of 2013, my husband and I boarded a plane for Alaska. We flew to Anchorage, rented a truck and started on great adventure.

Referred to as a village, Talkeetna is a major tourist attraction filled with original buildings and cabins that have been preserved and serve as restaurants and gift shops. We visited the Talkeetna Historical Museum where we found a glass case displaying Helena Jenkins’ pearls and several newspaper articles about the murders.

We were directed to Petersville Road. This was the road that my family hiked to get to their mining camp. We were able to follow the road for several miles, taking in the beauty of a wilderness that is virtually unchanged.

I thought that I might need to make some edits to the book once I actually saw Alaska, but my grandfather’s descriptions of Alaska were incredibly accurate.

We spent seven wonderful days in Alaska, and can’t wait to go back.



Talkeetna Lodge
Talkeetna Lodge

Talkeetna Village
Talkeetna Village

TalkeetnavHistorical Museum
Talkeetna Historical Museum

Talkeetna Village
Talkeetna Village

Inspiration for Crimson Gold

In the fall of 1939, my grandfather’s brother, Frank and Frank’s wife, Helena were murdered near their cabin in the Dutch Hills. Frank was a successful prospector in Alaska and left a large estate that included several gold mines and 7,000 acres of property. Their murders have never been solved.

Delayed by inclement weather in Alaska, my grandfather, Charles, was forced to wait until the spring of 1940 to embark on his journey from Southern California to Alaska to claim Frank’s estate. He stayed in Alaska for five months. My grandparents exchanged several letters during his time in Alaska. I am fortunate to have possession of the letters. Among the letters I found a telegram and a letter from the authorities in Alaska and copies of the letter and telegram have been sent to the Historical Museum in Talkeetna, Alaska.

My book is a fiction based on the true story. Writing a story based on fact and fiction was a challenge I totally enjoyed.

Next Blog:  “My Trip To Talkeetna, Alaska”

Crimson Gold – Murder in 1939 Alaska

Welcome to my new blog.

I am a mystery writer. I published my first book, Crimson Gold,  in 2013. My book is a fiction based on a true family murder mystery. The story takes place in the prospecting community in the Dutch Hills. Four people have been found dead. Three have been brutally murdered and one has been found with a gunshot wound to the head. What starts out as a simple murder/suicide case soon takes a chilling turn.

The purpose of my blog is to share my family’s story that inspired me to write ‘Crimson Gold’.