I’ve written something new and different, a cross-genre novel titled Lostart Street.
The year is 1982. Twenty-eight-year-old would-be writer Cecile abandons her life in San Francisco to accept a teaching position in a small California coast town. Forced to move quickly, she rents a unit in a complex meant for the elderly and handicapped. Wounded by a failed relationship and caught in the flurry of first-year teaching, Cecile feels overwhelmed and isolated. But her new neighbors won’t leave her alone. A series of thefts, a romance between two tenants, a fire, and a murder propel Cecile toward a life-changing decision . . . .
I have a number of promotional events coming up. Please mark your calendars:
- Interview at Mysteristas, to be posted on 5/19. This will be the first opportunity to pre-order an electronic copy of the book.
- On 6/3 I’ll be at the Sisters in Crime table at the Bay Area Book Fair. My time slot is 1-2:30, although I’ll be selling my mysteries there rather than the new novel.
- June 5th look for me on Judy Penz Sheluk’s New Release Monday.
- Bruce Bratton and I will chat about Lostart Street on his Universal Grapevine radio program KZSC 88.1 fm on 6/6 at 7 p.m.
- THE BIG LAUNCH DATE: Bookshop Santa Cruz, 6/8 at 7 p.m.
There will be more, but that’s enough for now. Hope you can read, listen, or attend. And if you’re feeling sad that this isn’t a Carol Sabala book, just wait a bit. A new novella prequel to the Carol Sabala series will be coming out in the fall as part of Sleuthing Women II: 10 Mystery Novellas.
2 thoughts on “LOSTART STREET, a novel of mystery, murder, and moonbeams!”
I LOVED this book! I read it straight through! Gut wrenching details of emotion after an abortion, to the pitiful results of mental patients loose in the population, the horrible realization that false reporting can separate you from your child, and the beauty of romance. Interesting, defined and believable characters! Everyone a masterpiece! The simplicity of the setting intensifies the personal interaction among the players.
I loved the fast pace and the use of short chapters moved the plot along with wit and ease. I enjoyed the prose and believe that the author bared her soul to write it.
Thank you so much!