My List: Compound Words

The Dancer, Renoir, 1874

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 […]

Pre-Order The Brooklyn Drop


I’m thrilled to announce my latest book in the Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn mystery series. It’s called The Brooklyn Drop, a full-length mystery, and you can pre-order it here. 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 […]

The Brooklyn Drop


Only the dead leave Brooklyn. I should know, my husband and I lived there for fourteen years, and a part of me has never left. They were glorious times, at least in memory, when walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to my job in Manhattan was a daily occurrence. From the height of that span, I’d […]