Announcing … The Ocelot Chronicles

Ocelot Chronicles Cover

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book, The Ocelot Chronicles, available as an Amazon e-exclusive.

Here is the “official” blurb from the publisher:

New York City schoolteacher Ethan Dawes, kind of heart and generous of spirit, finds himself consoling his colleague (and secret crush) Ginger. The loss of Ginger’s beloved cat, Louie, has left her bereft, and Ethan cannot stand to see his friend suffering. What better way to bring light back into Ginger’s life than to find a replacement for Louie? After a fruitless search of animal shelters and cat-rescue Websites, Ethan is ready to admit defeat–until he finds the perfect pet for Ginger, a ringer for the dearly departed Louie. Unfortunately, the cat is an ocelot living happily and peacefully at the Bronx Zoo. Events conspire to convince Ethan that liberating Pumpkin the ocelot from the zoo would be the best outcome for all concerned. Will Ethan’s daring plot to infiltrate the ocelot pen at night meet with success? And if Ethan succeeds, what exactly will he do with a kidnapped ocelot when the intended recipient leaves town unexpectedly?

As with The Outsmarting of Criminals, the cover illustration and design are by the magnificent and brilliant J. E. Larson.

While it would be a stretch to say that The Ocelot Chronicles is “based on a true story,” I can honestly say that it is based on a bit of truth. When I was in college (we won’t say how many years ago), an ocelot escaped from the Bronx Zoo and was later found unharmed. And thereby hangs a tale…




Deadly Ink: NJ’s Mystery Convention, Aug. 5-7

Mystery lovers, fans, and writers from the New York tri-state area, rejoice! New Jersey’s mystery convention, Deadly Ink, comes to New Brunswick, NJ this year, August 5th – 7th.

Deadly Ink is a smaller convention, which allows you to talk with pretty much everyone, see old friends, and make new ones.

This year’s guest of honor is Reed Farrell Coleman, and the toastmaster is Hilary Davidson.

More information is available here.  While the conference goes on for three days, there’s a lot of flexibility in the registration; you can come for one day, two days, three days — whatever works for your schedule.