began writing novels while working fulltime as a journalist and
published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before
leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the
Edgar, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe
and Barry awards. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s
Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized
as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association.