Judging from a Distance
Available as an ebook and paperback 1973. Tennessee. Letters written from one Nazi spy to another during World War II and long considered buried have surfaced and are now threatening their author, a highly respected judge and war hero with voracious ambition. 1975. Virginia. To Alice Doyle, the discovery of a packet of letters while clearing out her attic is just a sad reminder of her failed marriage to Oscar, a dealer in antique documents. She can’t just return them to Oscar—he was killed during a break-in at the home of his second wife, Pam. The letters are in French, and Alice, unable to read them and unsure of their value, seeks the help of Leo Reynaud, a local high school teacher originally from Quebec. He realizes the letters, written from an American based in England to a woman in Switzerland and which first appear to be distasteful lust letters, might be coded spy letters. Pam persuades Alice and Leo to dig deeper, even if it means traveling to Europe, to answer one question: did the letters have anything to do with Oscar’s death? Alice is looking forward to moving out of a money-draining house with her twelve-year old twins. Leo is looking forward to starting work on his master’s degree. Judge Marcus Brown is looking forward to an appointment he’s worked toward his entire life. Tanya Koch is looking forward to meeting her father for the first time. It is an accident waiting to happen when their world’s collide at the end of summer.
Rysbeck Abbey, an estate now in the hands of the not-for-profit charity Antiquity England, is the background for my novel involving theft, murder—and trespassing. The action begins and ends in England, but a church in Germany, the Prague Christmas Market, a suburban home in Denmark, and a ferry ride on the North Sea all provide settings for the action in this story of loss and gain. Rysbeck is full of antiques, but Thunder is very special. It's a curious name for a Chinese jade figure with a serene looking muzzle. While it's worth millions of pounds on any market, it is priceless to the billionaire from whose family it was stolen. Now that the piece has surfaced for sale, he has enlisted helpers who will stop at nothing to get their hands on Thunder. Lewis Oakes is a 60 year old electrician with just one goal—he wants to move to Canada to be near his son. He's hoping the Abbey will help him get there. Elise Fairmont is 58 years old and has lost everything thanks to her devious husband. She works at the Abbey. With all its many bedrooms, what could be the harm in using just one? Candice Vendicombe is 48 and figured when she married Baron Vendicombe's only son she would someday be a Baroness with Rysbeck Abbey her stately home. A drastic change in circumstances has left her living off the generosity of Antiquity England. She intends to change that with plans to reclaim what she considers is rightfully hers. Dottie Wilson is 81 and a dedicated and protective volunteer at the Abbey. Will she prove to be a match for those who intend to strip it of its valuables?
Those Who Wait
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Gabrielle Shaw had been very content with her life. It wasn’t perfect, but she enjoyed her position teaching drama at Le Valley, an all-girls grade school in Oregon. When the school begins to have financial troubles, not only is her position eliminated, but the hip new director, Adam Hawkins, manages to persuade her step-mother to leave her entire estate to Le Valley School. In an unfortunate accident, Gaby destroys a rare vehicle that is Hawkins’ pride and joy and at the same time becomes an unwitting witness to a death that could send her to her grave. With no job, no home, and fearful of Hawkins’ revenge, Gaby heads across the country to the Finger Lakes area of New York State, child-home of her grandfather, looking for potential relatives who might lend her a hand. Adam Hawkins and his girlfriend, Monica, head east to track her down—Adam, because Gaby knows too much about the recent death of a local philanthropist to be on the loose; Monica, because she believes Gaby holds the key to four lost paintings by French artist Camille Pissarro. Gaby lands in Otter Cove. It has become a safe haven and she has made a few trusted friends—a busy widower named Nancy who hires Gaby to work in her cafe, elderly twins Jim and Joe, and an enigmatic musician named Hobart. But it is now November. Winter is coming. Gaby knows Hawkins hasn’t given up looking for her. It’s also time for her to move out of her three-season cabin and look for a proper job and place to live. At the last minute, another acquaintance, Erick, offers her temporary accommodation in his historic lakeside inn while he prepares it for winter. But after one ‘cold night in hell’, Gaby finds herself teamed with Erick in a chase which takes them on a winding journey across the country. Gaby soon discovers the lure of millions of dollars has created a caravan—several members of which will use any means to get what they want—no matter how hot it gets.
Running From The Moon
On her 16th birthday, a witch living in New England is given a precious gift. On her 336th birthday she loses it. Three middle-school aged cousins are up to a bit of mischief when they break-in to their grandparent's barn late at night to ‘mess around’ with a massive display of miniature Christmas villages and model railroads. Of course they don’t anticipate meeting a centuries-old witch with bad eyesight. She blames them for making her lose her gift and insists they find it for her. Toss into the mix a bewitched cat looking for revenge, unsuspecting grandparents, and a teenager just trying to do his job, and suddenly the barn is full of madness and mayhem. All are soon running against the time it takes the harvest moon to cross the October sky! This is a thrilling adventure for a range of readers from 5th graders through seniors- it’s a tale of fantasy, reflection, excitement, and fun!
Norah Loring is a single thirty-two-year-old English woman playing it safe- she lives with her mother, teaches at a local university, and is engaged in a long-term relationship that is going nowhere. But when her mother suddenly dies, Norah’s life quickly derails—she discovers her father, long thought to have been killed at the end of World War II, may still be alive. Against a wintry background, her pursuit of the truth about her father propels her across three continents. At cross purposes with her quest is the lure of a fortune in Nazi gold and the two men, one American and one Russian, who will stop at nothing—not even murder— to possess it. But perhaps the most dangerous aspect of Norah’s journey is when she is thrown off her feet by a man who unwittingly becomes involved with her, entering her life just when she least expects- or welcomes- the attention.
As Clear as Glass
Renata Candeloro’swork has taken her across the Atlantic to England to restore several frail 14th century stained glass windows at St. Anne’s Church inLittle Wyecross, Derbyshire. She knew the job wouldn’t be easy, but she never dreamt she’d also confront murder and mayhem, much less the true spirit of St. Anne’s. Renata’s love of working with the beauty and art of stained glass has come to fill the void in her life after her marriage ended. She’s very good at her job and just wants to get on with it. But the vicar at St. Anne’s has big plans for the church which have nothing to do with worship and everything to do with relieving the local gentry of valuable works of art. And Renata is getting in the way. Perry Winquelles, a director of the charitable trust overseeing the restoration of St. Anne’s glass and a resident of Little Wyecross, is finding life a struggle. He has enough problems trying to balance work, single-parenting a 13-year-old daughter, and making ends meet at his high maintenance ancestral home. He doesn’t appreciate it when Renata’s problems are dropped at his doorstep. Unwittingly, Renata’s troubles soon become Perry’s. While all England prepares for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, Perry and Renata must put aside their differences and work together to solve their problems—and save their lives.
For a Rainy Day
Rose Saxby is in her mid-thirties, single, and finally hitting her stride as a wedding photographer in Norfolk, Virginia. She has worked hard to get where she is, overcoming a childhood where she and her brother Rye were frequently left to fend for themselves by parents who were too restless to settle down. It comes as a complete surprise when Rose learns she has inherited an estate in another Norfolk—a county in England. But as Rose and Rye quickly discover, Saxby Hall comes with a lot of baggage. They are ill-prepared for the grave consequences they must face as they become acquainted with their new home and with their distant cousin, who will stop at nothing to remove Rose, Rye, and Saxby Hall’s quirky residents to further his own greedy plans. The Saxbys have also managed to attract the attention of the police, who are not happy that the presence of the two Americans has rained so much trouble on their turf. All roads eventually lead to a frozen lake in Sweden, where truths—and lies—are finally revealed, and to a crossroads, where Rose and Rye must ultimately decide whether to accept a different definition of home and family.