I'm the author of three nonfiction books and 20 mysteries in four series. The nonfiction books are "Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings" (published as a Doubleday hardcover in 1997, released as a Penguin paperback in 1998), "Fatherless Women: How We Change After We Lose Our Dads" (Wiley, 2001) and "The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats" (St. Martin's Press, 2002).
My mysteries include the four Theda Krakow books for Poisoned Pen, starting with "Mew is for Murder" and featuring a freelance rock critic who loves cats (the cats don't talk and the books deal with real animal issues); the Dulcie Schwartz series for Severn House, which feature a graduate student doing her doctoral dissertation on Gothic literature at Harvard. Although she considers herself supremely rational, she hears the ghost of her late, great cat. Series began in 2009 with "Shades of Grey" and continues with "Into the Grey," book 10. My Pru Marlowe pet noir series for Poisoned Pen Press features a tough girl animal psychic and her even tougher tabby (as well as other animals) from "Dogs Don't Lie" through "When Bunnies Go Bad." My Blackie and Care series (Severn House) s narrated by a feral black cat who is linked to a homeless girl in a dystopian urban setting. Although this features a cat, it is darker than my usual cozies. This series began with "The Ninth Life" and continues with "As Dark As My Fur," with a third book contracted.
I have contributed short stories for numerous anthologies. writing also pops up occasionally in the the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, and the Boston Phoenix, and such magazines as American Prospect, Ms., and Salon.com. I used to do a fair amount of music criticism, but now primarily focus on my mysteries, relationships, feminism, and psychological issues.