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Book Three: Wicks Hollow

Sinister Shadows

An uptight lawyer.
A carefree palm-reader.
A haunted antiques shop.
And a very mortal villain…

Welcome to Wicks Hollow: a cozy town near Lake Michigan filled with quaint houses, eccentric residents, and more than its share of ghosts, murders, and sexy romance.

When Fiona Murphy inherits a small antiques shop from an old man she met only once, she’s filled with surprise, confusion and delight—and a little bit of terror at having a new responsibility in a life she prefers to be free and easy.

As she takes over ownership of the quaint shop, odd things begin to happen. Lights come on and off by themselves, even when they are unplugged…and there is a chilly breeze accompanied by the scent of roses even when the windows are closed.

H. Gideon Nath, III, is the stiff and oh-so-proper attorney who helps settle Fiona’s inheritance, and against his better judgement, he finds himself attracted to her, despite her fascination with all things New Age.

After she finds an unpleasant surprise in one of the shop’s closets, scares off an intruder in the store, and uses her skill at palmistry to read Gideon’s future—of which she seems to be a part—Fiona begins to realize that her free and easy life is about to change…whether she wants it to or not.


A Wicks Hollow Book is always a ghost story romance set in a small town, featuring a cozy mystery and a spicy love story. The perfect blend of romance, suspense, and ghosts.

*Previously published as The Shop of Shades and Secrets*

Behind The Story

My inspiration for this book came from an antiques shop on South Street in Philadelphia. I used to visit the shop in the early 1990s and I was utterly entranced by this store. It was filled with lamps and lights of all shapes and sizes, giving the shop a cozy, yet eerie feeling. I was certain a ghost must linger somewhere in the depths of the shop, and I decided to write a book about that very subject.

At the same time, I was fascinated by palmistry, and did a significant research about palm-reading for this book. To this day, I still notice a man’s hands and look for evidence of his character therein.

The Details

Published: March 2018

What's New
Coming Soon!

Coming August 28, 2018, get the exciting sequel to Murder in the Lincoln White House, Murder in the Oval LibraryClick here for more info.

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Sinister Summer, book 1 in the Wicks Hollow series. Get your copy today!

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Sinister Secrets, book 2 in the Wicks Hollow series. Get your copy today!

April 14, 2018

I’ll be attending A Rally of Writers on April 14, 2018. Many fantastic authors will be in attendance. This event is in its 31st year and is always a great experience. Be sure to register in advance. You don’t want to miss this!

A Rally of Writers
Lansing Community College West Campus Conference Center
5708 Cornerstone Drive 
Lansing, MI 48917

April 27-29, 2018

I’m excited to be taking part in Malice Domestic 2018 from April 27-April 29, 2018. This annual convention is for fans of mysteries. It’s going to be a great event!

Malice Domestic 2018
Bethesda North Marriot Hotel and Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
North Bethesda, MD 20852

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