The Brooklyn Drop Publishes August 15

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THE BROOKLYN DROP. It’s Fina’s fourth book, and readers tell me it’s her most exciting mystery yet. Here’s the summary: In the middle of a wintry night, private investigator Fina Fitzgibbons finds Lorraine’s friend Phyllida Oxley slumped over her dining room table, the victim of memory-impairing date-rape drugs. When her condition goes from poor to […]

My List: Compound Words

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I keep a list of compound words. Not that I don’t have better things to do. Not that I remember to look at the list. Not that it’s faster to navigate than the online unabridged. I tell myself it’s because I love words, but fascination can’t be the whole explanation, can it? My character, Fina Fitzgibbons, would […]

Naming the Goat

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“Naming the Goat,” a Serafina Florio short story Sicily, September 1866 It took us weeks to name the goat. First we argued about whether she needed a name. Couldn’t we just call out to her, “Here, goat!” or, “Here, goaty-goat!” someone asked. No one answered until Vicenzu, the middle son, the one with all the […]