Category: Crime Fiction

After 5 months without blogging, I’m back with a bit of BSP*

*Blatant Self Promotion

I’ve neglected my blog for so long, I doubt anyone will notice my return, especially since I’m back with purely self-serving motives. I’m back to promote two upcoming book events, and if you’re in the area, I hope you’ll consider attending. (And if you’re not in the area, we’ve got plenty of airports in the NY region and more than enough time to buy a plane ticket or two).

Anyway, this Saturday night, October 28, from 6:30 – 9:00, I hope you’ll join me at the MWA-NY Crime Fiction Reading Series. Taking place at KGB Bar, at 85 E. 4th Street, in the East Village in NYC, I’ll be one of 5 authors reading excerpts. I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to read, but rumors have it that Spiro T. Agnew might make an appearance.


And then, the following Saturday, November 4, from 1:00 – 5:00, I’ll be one of twelve award-winning authors of crime fiction, in conversation at A Mysterious Affair in Princeton.

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I’ll buy the first round.


Burstein Scholarship

Aspiring mystery writers in CT, DE, NJ, NY, PA and WV have two weeks left to submit an application.

The purpose of the scholarship is to inspire aspiring mystery writers by offering financial support to writers who want to take a specific class, attend a conference, or to do specific research as demonstrably necessary to a mystery work they are creating. It was named for Leon B. Burstein, an avid mystery fan, that more work in his favorite genre might be created.

The application deadline is August 3, 2016.

Burstein Scholarship


Noir at the Bar – NYC


My friend Suzanne promises “hot noir, cool bar.” I’m inclined to agree. My contribution to the evening is rounding into shape. A bit of suburban paranormal noir. Next Sunday night. Shade Bar. NYC. Be there. You’ve been warned.

The Leon B. Burstein/MWA-NY Scholarship for Mystery Writing

When I first became serious about writing mysteries, I considered going to a writer’s conference in Chicago. My problem was simple… the cost. When I added up the cost of the conference registration, hotel and airfare, I struggled to justify the expenditure. Then one of my friends offered a bit of advice. If you want to be a real writer, you have to start going to the places that the real writers go.

I was fortunate to get such good advice. I learned important lessons about the craft and the business of writing. And it was at that conference in 2005 that I met the acquisitions editor for the publisher who would offer me my first traditional publishing contract.

If an aspiring writer asks me for advice, I often recommend that they go to a writer’s conference or workshop. And they often tell me that they don’t have the money. So I was especially pleased when the New York chapter of the Mystery Writers of America asked me to work on a project that could help address the problem. As a result of a generous donation from one of our members, we have created a scholarship program that will make it possible for aspiring mystery writers (whether or not they are members of MWA) located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia to seek financial support “to take a specific class, attend a conference, or to do specific research as demonstrably necessary to a mystery work they are creating.”

Perhaps that’s you. If it is, you’ll want to take a closer look at the
Leon B. Burstein/MWA-NY Scholarship for Mystery Writing.



Festival of Art, Books and Culture

This week, the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill NJ is holding an annual Festival of Art, Books and Culture. The lineup of guest speakers is exceptional – Alan and Arlene Alda, David Gregory, Erica Jong,Susie Essman, to name just a few. On Tuesday evening the guest speakers were “the royal family of mystery writers, Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, along with their son Jesse.” I had the pleasure and the privilege of moderating their conversation.

(photos courtesy of the Katz JCC)

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(additional photos courtesy of my wife)

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Many people contributed to the success of the event, most especially the Kellermans themselves and the staff of the JCC. I am pleased to know that I played a small part.