Friday, June 5, 2009

Hartford Saturday

We will be doing a signing (no reading this time) at Bookworm Bookstore in Hartford, CT, at noon on Saturday (June 6th). Come by and pick up Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery, and we will personalize it to the dad of your choice. (Or whoever.) Father's Day is around the corner.

968 Farmington Ave # 1
West Hartford, CT 06107

Monday, June 1, 2009

Aunt BEA

A little summary of our BEA experience is up over at my main blog....

Thursday, May 28, 2009

In Hartford Tonight

If you've got a book you want signed, or if you haven't picked up Dirty Water yet, come out to our reading/talk/signing at the Goodwin Library tonight between 6 and 8. Details here. Directions here.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dirty Water on TV

If you're in Connecticut, check Jere and Mary-Ann out on channel 30 tonight on the 11:00 news. The interview aired at 6:00, too, and I heard it came out great. It will also be on next Sunday if you miss it tonight.

When we were at the studio for the interview, I told Kevin Nathan how the only Sox games I saw growing up were pretty much the Friday and Sunday games on channel 30. I'm happy to report that he said he's amazed by how many people associate his channel with Red Sox games, even though it's been decades since they've shown any.

If you saw us on TV tonight and are coming here for the first time, welcome. You can buy our book at pretty much any bookstore in New England, or on any of the online booksellers. Get it here on Amazon.

Watch this space for news of upcoming readings/signings.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Us On TV

We'll be interviewed for a Connecticut TV station soon. Details of air date to follow!

Monday, April 13, 2009


All you mystery fans can still get in on "Mystery 203," a two-day festival on Saturday, April 18, at the Easton Library, followed by a move on Sunday, April 19, to the Westport Library. (In case you're wondering, 203 is the area code.) Just think--48 hours of mingling with fellow enthusiasts plus panel discussions, book signings, writing tips from the pros to those who will be pros; raffle and auction; and a big party--"Cocktails and Crime"--Saturday night. Check it out at

I'll be on two of those panels: Saturday at 11:15, Easton Library, the topic, "Do Crime Writers Have to Be Forensic Specialists?" with me and three tough guys--D.H. Dublin, Chris Grabenstein and Larry Goldstone. (Sparks will fly, I promise.) I'll be zeroing in on my latest mystery, DIRTY WATER: A RED SOX MYSTERY. (My collaborator, Jere Smith, can't come--he'll be at Fenway enjoying and covering Sox games for his blog: A Red Sox Fan from Pinstripe Territory.)

Next day, Sunday at 2, Westport Library, the topic, "We're Not Making This Up" with yours truly, again, along with the equally brilliant and good lookin' Kate Flora and Mathew Phelps. We three write true crime, my contribution, GIRLS OF TENDER AGE: A MEMOIR, which centers on a tragic crime that turned my childhood, my family and my community upside down.

Final note: This is especially wonderful for writers as we get to emerge from our caves and interact with the very people we seek to entertain and maybe enlighten.

And did I say the keynote speaker is LINDA FAIRSTEIN?!?!?! Hope to see you there. Go to and sign up!


Sunday, April 5, 2009


Will be joining my fellow Sisters in Crime for a panel on writing true crime called, "We're Not Making This Up," at the Roslindale Library, Roslindale being either a neighborhood or suburb of Boston--I can't figure out which is which when it comes to Beantown. Hope you'll be there: Wednesday, April 6, at 6:30 PM.

Village Books will have all the authors' books available including my memoir: GIRLS OF TENDER AGE. (Support your local bookstore!) In addition, they will also have DIRTY WATER: A RED SOX MYSTERY there--first five purchasers receive a bar of "Big Poppy" soap (Dominican mango with poppy seed exfoliant) compliments of Stella Marie Soap. My Sox collaborator, Jere Smith, will have signed the books earlier; he can't be at the event because he'll be at Fenway enjoying the game and taking notes and pictures for his blog: "A Red Sox Fan from Pinstripe Territory,"

I will join him after the library panel, missing just a couple of innings.

Hope to see you at the library or the game, or both!


Thursday, March 12, 2009

A New Season

Since our book came out in October, we've yet to have a baseball season of promoting it. Opening Day is a few weeks away, so we're thinking of it as if our book is just now coming out. We've got events lined up for April and beyond. We'll keep you posted here.

Then it's on to the paperback, and next holiday season...and then another baseball season to promote the paperback...

I've got my Fenway tickets already. See you at the ballpark and in the bookstores in '09!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


We had a great time in New Haven. Thanks to the Yale Bookstore for having us.

We also did an interview that day with John Valeri of the Hartford Examiner (pictured between Jere and Mary-Ann), and part one of that interview appears here.

We'll have more events in April. We're also excited about being a part of the BEA convention in NYC in a few months. Stay tuned for the full schedule.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Best Seller!

Not nationwide, but on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Hey, it still counts.

Hope to see you all Sunday at 2 PM at the Yale bookstore in New Haven.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Yale This Sunday

Sunday, March 1st, 2:00-3:00 PM, Jere and Mary-Ann will be at the Yale Bookstore for a reading and signing. Hope to see you there.

If you're itchin' for baseball like the rest of us, the first real spring training game is tomorrow night--on NESN, or, if you're outside NESN's territory anywhere in the country, MLB Network will also be showing it. Woohoo!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Scituation Normal

Mom and I had fun at our reading/signing at Scituate's Front Street Bookshop.

(I like how the book "Punk" is right next to my head, and a little further to the right, one on The Clash.)

Our next one will be in New Haven on March 1st. Details to come.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Coming Soon To The South Shore

On Friday, February 6th, at 7 PM, we'll both be at Front Street Books in Scituate, Mass., for a reading and signing of Dirty Water.

More info is at their website--you can also order our book online there. Hope to see you on the 6th.

I like how we have this event on that day--it's Truck Day! If you're not familiar with this, "Truck Day" is the day all the Red Sox' equipment is packed up at Fenway Park and sent south to Florida in a huge moving truck, as spring training starts shortly thereafter. It's the type of event that probably makes the local news in most baseball cities--but only rabid fans, like Red Sox fans, will actually go to Fenway to send the truck off personally.


What a great review we got on Amazon from Mary Whipple, who is listed as one of their "Top 10 Reviewers." Click here.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


For a long time we've had only two customer reviews on our Amazon page, but finally we've got a third, and it's a good one. But we know more than three of you have finished the thing by now, eh? Leave your review on our Amazon page and we' very grateful. Thanks!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Another Good One

Great review by Paul Steven Stone up at Doug Holder's blog!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Illegal Review?

Check out the review of Dirty Water in Spitball Magazine.

Monday, December 15, 2008


This Saturday (Dec. 20th), from 11 AM to 1 PM, mom and I will be signing books at the Bookworm in West Hartford. Hope to see you there.

Also, check out my mom's contribution to this Reader's Digest article.

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Holiday Message From Roy Blount, Jr

I've been talking to booksellers lately who report that times are hard. And local booksellers aren't known for vast reserves of capital, so a serious dip in sales can be devastating. Booksellers don't lose enough money, however, to receive congressional attention. A government bailout isn't in the cards.

We don't want bookstores to die. Authors need them, and so do neighborhoods. So let's mount a book-buying splurge. Get your friends together, go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party. Buy the rest of your Christmas presents, but that's just for starters. Clear out the mysteries, wrap up the histories, beam up the science fiction! Round up the westerns, go crazy for self-help, say yes to the university press books! Get a load of those coffee-table books, fatten up on slim volumes of verse, and take a chance on romance!

There will be birthdays in the next twelve months; books keep well; they're easy to wrap: buy those books now. Buy replacements for any books looking raggedy on your shelves. Stockpile children's books as gifts for friends who look like they may eventually give birth. Hold off on the flat-screen TV and the GPS (they'll be cheaper after Christmas) and buy many, many books. Then tell the grateful booksellers, who by this time will be hanging onto your legs begging you to stay and live with their cat in the stockroom: "Got to move on, folks. Got some books to write now. You see...we're the Authors Guild."

Enjoy the holidays.

Roy Blount Jr.
Authors Guild

Monday, December 8, 2008

Kate's Wrapup

Kate's party was a fun time. Hundreds of people came and kept the fairly small bookstore jammed for four hours. Here are some highlights:

We met author Robert Parker--took a picture with him.

David Laurila stopped by. I'd only talked with him online before--he wrote this book, which is a compilation of interviews he's done with people in the Red Sox organization.

Got to meet Hank Philipi Ryan in person. You know her from Jungle Red among other things.

I met a woman who used to live in Danbury, CT, and knew almost the entire cast of characters I knew while I was living there.

We chatted with a woman who is probably the biggest mystery fan in the world. She had things for my mom to sign that we'd never seen before.

Saw Dave Zeltserman again--he was with us when we had our release party at Murder Under Bones.

Our next event will be a signing at the Bookworm in West Hartford, CT, on Saturday, December 20th, from 11-1.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Boston-Area This Friday

We'll be signing at Kate's Mystery Books in Cambridge this Friday night, December 5th. This is Kate's annual holiday party, and will feature lots of authors. We're in the 6:30-7:15 slot. Click here for the full schedule. Directions to Kate's are here.

See you there.