Brandy’s Diary

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Here’s an excerpt from Missing Brandy, the second Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery, about the abduction of a teen, Brandy Liam. This scene is from Brandy’s diary. After Dad died and Granny sort of went away, there was only Aunt Caroline, and at best she was a long subway ride away. Upper East Side facing the park where […]

Terre de Fer Frog

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On one of our trips to Paris in the 1980s, Larry and I found this pitcher in a store near the Seine. We had to have it, we told the clerk, flustered since our plane was scheduled to depart in less than four hours. Money changed hands, and we hurried to make a final visit to Notre Dame where, Larry […]

3 Books in 1: The Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Set

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The Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Set just published. This boxed set contains all three published Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mysteries—Too Quiet in Brooklyn, Missing Brandy, and Whiskey’s Gone. And it’s FREE with Kindle Unlimited. Available on Amazon. Here’s an excerpt from Missing Brandy, the second book in the trilogy. The scene is pure Brandy, a thirteen-year-old student who is missing. […]

Guest Author: Nikki Stern


Please welcome my guest, Nikki Stern, distinguished author of two non-fiction books, BECAUSE I SAY SO and HOPE IN SMALL DOSES and a suspense thriller, DON’T MOVE, a novella. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today and other publications and her short stories have been published online at the literary […]

Maddie the Mensch

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Meet Maddie, the little girl in Whiskey’s Gone, the third book in the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery series. Maddie is missing her mother, but sporting a brave face. In the words of one reviewer, “She’s a mensch.” In this scene, Fina has to tell the eight-year old the worst possible news, that the FBI found her mother’s cell phone near a body […]