Frequently Asked Questions
Do the John Pickett mysteries need to be read in any certain order?
Each mystery will stand alone, so if the puzzle is what you’re after, then no, they don’t. But if you want to follow the love story as it develops, then here’s how you should read them:
- Pickpocket’s Apprentice (prequel/novella)
- In Milady’s Chamber
- A Dead Bore
- Family Plot
- Dinner Most Deadly
- Waiting Game (novella)
- Too Hot to Handel
- For Deader or Worse
- Mystery Loves Company
Now that John Pickett and Julia, Lady Fieldhurst are together, is this the end of the series?
No. I do have a definite cut-off point for the series (unless, of course, John & Julia deem otherwise), but we won't be there for some time yet. I envision the series as running to about a dozen titles, give or take one or two. Even afterwards, I have a couple of ideas for spin-off trilogies/mini-series. And a somewhat older John Pickett might make a cameo appearance in a Regency romance, although the groundwork has not yet been laid for that book. (Hint: It will involve Susannah Hollingshead from A Dead Bore, with a hero who has not yet been introduced.)
Are there any more books about Ethan Brundy of The Weaver Takes a Wife?
Yes, there are! This wasn’t a planned series, as the John Pickett mysteries were; it’s just that by the time I finished The Weaver Takes a Wife, I loved Ethan Brundy so much, I wasn’t ready to stop writing about him! So that one novel turned into a trilogy:
Although I thought I was finished writing about these characters, they thought otherwise! I'm currently working on a fourth "Weaver" book, this one about Lady 'elen's young brother Theo, Viscount Tisdale—and what happens when his father dies and he becomes the Duke. The publication date has not yet been determined.
Are you the one who wrote Wrong-Way Romance?
Yes, that’s me! In fact, Wrong-Way Romance was my first published novel. It was #176 in Bantam’s long-running Sweet Dreams series. I eventually wrote four more Sweet Dreams titles before the line folded in 1995.
Is there any chance that you might release Wrong-Way Romance as an ebook?
Sadly, no. Under the terms of the original contract, the only one who can legally publish Wrong-Way Romance as an ebook (or in any other form, for that matter) is Bantam, who holds the copyright. As they have their hands full with their current publishing slate, I doubt they will ever be interested in offering their massive backlist in electronic format. You may sometimes find Wrong-Way Romance on the internet for "free download," but these are pirated copies. At best, they're illegal; at worst, they might contain viruses that would damage your computer.
Do you have an extra copy of Wrong-Way Romance I could buy, or know where I can get one?
Unfortunately no, I don’t have any extras. Since it was all so new to me, I didn’t know I should have used my author discount to buy up as many copies as I could afford! (And who could have guessed that book would remain so popular after a quarter of a century?) I suggest you look on used-book websites for a copy. One of my favorite sources for out-of-print books is bookfinder.com.