Death on the Trek, 2016
"I wish everyone could have my childhood, lugging armfuls of books home every week from the library and devouring them. I visited strange lands and other times, and made good friends with fictional characters that stay with me today."
Domestic Affairs: A Tiara Investigations Mystery, 2014
"If a building can pay you a compliment, that's just what a library does. A library will believe in your potential your whole life."
DEVIL'S BREATH, 2017
"If it weren't for libraries, I wouldn't be a writer."
Death Postponed, 2017
"When I was 15, I worked in the town library as a page for one dollar an hour. It was one of the few jobs I wasn't fired from. My first novel was published 57 years later."
Blood Red Homicide, 2016
"Browsing through the library shelves on Saturday morning, a special treat for me as a child, has become a lifetime pleasure."
All the Wrong Places, 2015
"I can date my desire to become a writer to the day I read a poem entitled "What" by Stephen Dunn. I was twenty years old and the closing stanza stopped me in my tracks: people die between birthdays and go on for years; what stops things for a moment are the words you've found for the last bit of light you think there is. Pretty much says it all."
The Day I Died, 2017
"I owe libraries everything, including my mystery writing career. When I was 12, I had read the entire kids' section of my library, so they sent me upstairs to the adult books. But I was sure I wasn't supposed to be there, so I ducked into the first room so I wouldn't get sent back down. It was the mystery room, where I discovered Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark. The mystery room is precisely where I needed to be."
A Stitch To Die For (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, Book 5), 2015
"From the time I learned to read the library provided me with an escape from an unhappy childhood, introducing me to new worlds and new possibilities that gave me hope for a brighter future."
Killing Thyme, 2016
"In my travels as an author, I have been delighted to see, again and again, that the smaller the library, the bigger the welcome."
Death of a Bachelorette, 2017
"The very first library I went to when I was a little girl in Brooklyn (some time in the Mesozoic Era) was on a side street, on the second floor, above a small business. My mother took me there once a week, and gave me the gift of reading, a gift I have treasured all my life. One night, a man approached me and asked if he could take my picture. He sat me on a chair, had me pretend I was reading Charlotte's Web (a book, I'm ashamed to admit, I never read), took my picture, and submitted it in a photo contest. It won honorable mention. So I guess you could say I got my first taste of public recognition at the Midwood branch of the Brooklyn Public Library."