Welcome to my site. I’m so glad you’re here. On these pages you can find out more about me, read guest posts and book reviews, get information on my books and the characters who are my constant companions, and learn how to contact me. Today, Laurel Osterkamp talks about The Confessions of a Real-Life Juror. I’ve recently reviewed her fabulous coming of age novel, Starring in the Movie of My Life. And if you’re interested in the musings of my mind, take a look at The Slippery Nature of Time.
In addition to my blog, I write two different series—the Serafina Florio historical mysteries and the Fina Fitzgibbons contemporary mysteries. Serafina lived in the late nineteenth century in Sicily, moved to Paris, and finally to Manhattan’s Lower East Side where she died in 1914. Or did she? Her descendant, Fina Fitzgibbons owns a cleaning establishment, Lucy’s, and lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, Denny and her cat, Mr. Baggins. She’s also a private investigator, and that’s where her story begins.
Death Of A Sad Face is Free
Serafina’s short mystery, “Death Of A Sad Face” is free on Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. For a freebie, it’s doing pretty well on Apple and B&N, maybe because it’s suitable for readers of all ages or maybe because it can be read in one commute. It published about three months ago and has been in the top ten in its category ever since.
Did you know you can browse for free books by category in Apple’s iBooks or iTunes? Just choose a book category, then a sub-category. If you choose historical mysteries, click on “Free” and you’ll find Serafina’s short story as well as a bunch of other free mysteries. BTW, they list the Top Paid and Top Free on the right-hand side of the page. Clicking on the header, “Top Free,” will bring you to a list of the top fifty or so free historical mysteries to choose.
In December Murder On The Rue Cassette published on Amazon. It’s also available on Smashwords, Apple, B&N, and Kobo. It is Serafina’s fourth book and besides getting herself entangled in the web of a dead countess in Paris, a lot of life happens to her and her family—some of it not so good. When you read the book, I hope the streets of Paris in 1874 come alive for you. The book begins with the dazzle of the first Impressionist exhibit on the Rue des Capucines and quickly segues to a body on the Rue Cassette.
And Serafina’s descendant, twenty-two-year old Fina Fitzgibbons found a body in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. It’s Fina’s debut as a private investigator. She lives in Vinegar Hill with her boyfriend, Denny McDuffy. The story, Too Quiet In Brooklyn published in December. You can read more about it here.
A Visit With The Literary Ladies Book Club
Recently I had the honor of speaking to the Literary Ladies Book Club. They read Death Of A Serpent and had LOTS of questions. Good job I re-read the book before the meeting.
What I’m Working On
I’m writing the third book in the Fina Fitzgibbons series, Whiskey’s Gone, and editing the second book, Missing Brandy. Meanwhile, Rosa’s prodding me to write Serafina’s fifth book. And if you’ve met Rosa, you know her jabs are not too gentle. She says there’s a strange smell coming from the fifth floor of their apartment building in the sixteenth arrondissement. Serafina’s in Sicily mourning for her son and won’t return for a while so Rosa’s holding down the fort with that French inspector, Alfonse Valois, and she needs me to get on with the fifth book.
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