Website and Blog of Debbie De Louise, Author, Librarian, and Cat Lover
I'm a librarian at a public library and author of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series and other novels, short stories, articles, and a novella. My books include CLOUDY RAINBOW, REASON TO DIE, and the 5 books of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A STONE'S THROW, BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, WRITTEN IN STONE, LOVE ON THE ROCKS, and NO GRAVESTONE UNTURNED. I've also written a romantic comedy novella, WHEN JACK TRUMPS ACE, and short stories of various genres published as eBooks by Solstice Publishing and in anthologies published by the Red Penguin Collection.
My standalone psychological thriller, SEA SCOPE, and my medical mystery, MEMORY MAKERS, are published by NEXT CHAPTER PUBLISHING who will also be publishing my time-travel thriller, TIMES RELATIVE, in 2021.
My non-fiction cat book, PET POSTS: THE CAT CHATS was published in December 2020, and my short story, KITTYKAI's EASTER MYSTERY, was published in March 2021.
I have also completed the first book of a new cozy series, THE CASE OF THE CAT CRAZY LADY, Buttercup Bend Mystery #1, for which I am currently seeking representation.
I am a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Long Island Authors Group, International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writers' Association. I live on Long Island with my husband, daughter, and 3 cats.
Till death do us part, with kitchen shears. What drives a family man to kill his wife? This question haunts Sarah James, a medical resident who meets the unhappy family at a resort near Big Sur. She witnesses how ugly a marriage can be. But murder?
Sarah and the spunky Fog Ladies—elderly neighbors from her San Francisco apartment building—set out to discover the truth. Their probing finds the threat is perilously close to home, endangering another troubled family struggling to survive.
About Susan McCormick
Susan McCormick is a writer and doctor who lives in Seattle. She graduated from Smith College and George Washington University School of Medicine, with additional medical training in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, where she lived in an elegant apartment building much like the one in the book. Susan served as a doctor in the U.S. Army for nine years before moving to the Pacific Northwest and civilian practice as a gastroenterologist. In addition to the Fog Ladies series, she also wrote Granny Can’t Remember Me, a lighthearted picture book about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and The Antidote, a timely middle grade medical fantasy released May 2021. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons. She loves giant dogs and has loved an English Mastiff, Earl, and two Newfoundlands, Edward and Albert.
It’s the fall of 1998, and librarian Samantha Stewart is looking for a new job. After seeing an ad for a high-paying position at a company called Virtual Software that entails research and travel, Sam investigates the company and learns that its president has gone missing, and that it’s currently being run by the vice-president Greg Parsons.
Before Sam makes it to the interview, she’s visited by a strange woman who introduces herself as Jane Oldsfield: a time traveler whose mission Greg Parsons is trying to prevent.
Sam ignores the woman and goes on the job interview anyway. Soon, she finds herself involved not only with Greg Parsons, but also Philip Montmart, a chain-smoking detective with a vendetta for his wife’s killer, and the time-traveling Oldsfield and her feline accomplice.
Witnessing world events that have yet to happen in her lifetime, including 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, Y2K hysteria and the COVID pandemic, can Samantha figure out Oldsfield’s plans?
Join the blog tour hosted by Silver Dagger Book Tours running April 28 to May 4 where you’ll be able to read excerpts, guest posts, interviews, and reviews of the book as well as enter a contest for a gift card giveaway.
I wrote Time’s Relative in 1998 and updated it after finding the manuscript while going through old files during the pandemic. I edited and updated it to include some current events including COVID 19. I also discovered a plot outline for a sequel which I may write one day.
The book features some interesting characters and also two cats based on those I had in 1998. My current cat, Stripey, posed by the paperback copy, and it looks like he finds the book interesting.
There were two inspirations for writing THE CORPSE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, the fourth book in the Food Blogger Mystery series. The first was my fascination with podcasts, and the second was my interest in cold cases. Today I’m going to share with you five podcasts I enjoy listening to.
In the book, Hope’s old high school friend, Devon Markham, returns to Jefferson. She has a podcast called Search for the Missing. Now she’s ready to tackle the one missing person’s case that has haunted her for twenty years – her mother’s.
She reconnects with Hope and asks for her help in finding the truth about her mother’s disappearance. At first, Hope is reluctant to get involved. A lot is going on between her blog, teaching her first blogging course, and her budding relationship with Ethan Cahill, the police chief. And because she’s been involved in a few murder investigations already, she’s had enough true crime to last her a long time.
However, when Devon disappears just like her mother had, Hope is determined to find out what happened to both mother and daughter.
Unlike Hope, who wasn’t into podcasts when the book opens, I’ve been very interested in them for a few years. I first started listening to podcasts about the craft of writing and then discovered true crime. Now I subscribe to several, so there’s always a new episode to listen to when I’m doing chores around the house or outside in the garden. When I see the notifications pop up on my phone’s screen to let me know there are new podcasts, I am almost excited to do laundry.
Ready to find out my top five faves? Here we go.
My favorite wellness podcast is Flipping 50. The host, Debra Atkinson, has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to women’s fitness. Her show is around under thirty minutes and has a nice mix of guests.
My favorite writing podcast is Write Your Best Book. Host Christina Kaye has great episodes ranging from writing story arcs for series to how to build a marketing platform to plot.
My favorite true crime is My Favorite Murder. The hosts Karen Kilgariif and George Hardstark explore murders from all over the country. The topic is horrible but giving a voice to the victims draws me to true crime podcasts.
My favorite bookish podcast is Author Stories with Hank Gardner. I discovered this podcast years ago, and I was beyond thrilled to get booked on the show to talk about the Food Blogger Mystery series. I love Hank’s interview style and the wide-range of authors he speaks with.
My favorite cozy-focused podcast is Cozy Ink with Leah Bailey. This was also a podcast I was on, and I love how she formats her interviews. There’s typically a brief interview about the author’s book and then a second interview with the author that gives writing tips.
There you have my top five podcasts that are an automatic listen. Do you listen to podcasts? What are some of your favorite ones? Please leave them in the comments section.
The Corpse Who Knew Too Much (A Food Blogger Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder
Food blogger Hope Early takes on a cold case that’s heating up fast . . .
Building on her recipe for success with her food blog, Hope at Home, Hope is teaching her first blogging class at the local library in Jefferson, Connecticut. She’s also learning about podcasts, including a true-crime one called Search for the Missing, hosted by Hope’s childhood friend, Devon Markham. Twenty years ago on Valentine’s Day, right here in Jefferson, Devon’s mom disappeared and was never found. Finally Devon has returned to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother—and she asks Hope to help.
The next day Hope discovers Devon’s apartment has been ransacked. Her laptop with the research on her mother’s cold case is missing, and Devon is nowhere to be found. When her friend’s body is later discovered in a car wreck, Hope is convinced it’s no accident. Clearly, Devon was too close to the truth, and the cold-blooded killer is still at large in Jefferson. Now it’s up to Hope to find the guilty party—before the food blogger herself becomes the next subject of another true-crime podcast . . .
Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!
About Debbie Sennefelder
Debra Sennefelder is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery.
Her first novel, THE UNINVITED CORPSE (A Food Blogger mystery) was published in 2018. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.
Born and raised in New York City, where she majored in her hobby of fashion buying, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in retail and publishing before becoming a full-time author. Her writing companion is her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih Tzu, Connie.
I hope you all had a nice Easter/Passover. This is just a reminder that my Easter mystery, KittyKai’s Easter Mystery, is free through Monday, April 5.
During an Easter egg hunt at the Cobble Inn, a ring is found on the grounds by Alicia’s daughter, Carol. When the sheriff has it examined, he discovers it belonged to him and Gilly’s neighbor, Gretchen Miller, who disappeared the month before. An investigation leads to the discovery of Mrs. Miller’s body buried on the site of the inn’s new construction.
As Alicia and Gilly set out to solve this new mystery despite their husbands’ discouragement, Sneaky and Kittykai, the library and inn cats, secretly lend them a paw.
Here’s what reviewers are saying about this fun, short mystery:
“Cobble Cove is a world you would love to live in – spending days at the inn or the library, curled up with your cats, your best friend a murder mystery writer – the perfect cosy mystery series!”
“This is a fun and very quick read, and makes me want more. I’ll be back for more adventures with these Cats!“
“A fun read, especially if you have cats and know their intelligence, ingenuity, and curiosity.“
Final Harvest (Finding Home) Cozy Mystery 1st in Series Publisher: Independently Published (August 1, 2020) Paperback: 164 pages ISBN-13: 979-8655968134 Digital ASIN: B08BKZ58YF
Traci Simmons has been fired from another job and must decide if it’s time to give up her home and start fresh in another town. But, when her elderly neighbor dies mysteriously, she is pulled into leading a crusade to save the neighbor’s urban farm and find the killer. Through her new and unexpected relationship with these invisible people, Traci faces her own insecurities to learn what home really means.
About Barbara Howard
Barbara Howard is a “not-so-cozy” mystery and YA author of a dozen books, including her most recent trilogy, Finding Home Mystery Series; Final Harvest, Charlotte’s Revenge, and Milo’s Journey. She is a first-generation tech geek turned master gardener with a passion for fresh air, vegan cuisine, and tracing her roots. A big city girl with a small town heart, she returned to her family home in the Midwest after an extensive career as a Department of Defense Project Manager at the Pentagon and spends most of her time treasure hunting, spoiling her fur-babies, growing veggies, and raising chickens.
Take one quaint B&B, two kind but quirky caretakers, a dead aunt, a murdered friend, and you have mystery. Ali Winston finds she’s inherited trouble along with her aunt’s B&B, but can she reveal the killer before the curtain closes?
About Kathryn Long
Retired teacher, Kathryn Long now spends her days plotting and writing mysteries. Her most recent credits are romantic suspense novel, A DEADLY DEED GROWS and mystery, BURIED IN SIN. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime as well as of International Thriller Writers. Under the pen name, Bailee Abbott this author writes the Paint by Murder cozy series, starting with A BRUSH WITH MURDER soon to be released. Kathryn lives with her husband and furry friend Max in the quiet suburbs of Green, Ohio.
I can’t say enough good things about this book. It had me turning the pages as the story shifted from 18th-century to modern London. Nella is an apothecary in 1791 who takes over her mother’s business but now dispenses poisons instead of herbal remedies to women who wish to do away with their husbands or lovers because of abuse or infidelity.
Current-day Caroline is visiting London on what would’ve been her anniversary trip, but she recently learned of her husband’s adultery. Seeking time away, she takes the trip herself and is enlightened by what she learns during a mud lurking expedition in which she recovers an old bottle in the sea with an inscription of a bear. Investigating her find at the British Library, she befriends a researcher who helps her discover the whereabouts of Nella’s apothecary shop that has been hidden for over 200 years.
As the story alternates between past and present, Caroline becomes absorbed in investigating the apothecary’s story. When Caroline’s husband joins her in London to apologize for his behavior and ask her for a new start, she is faced with a decision regarding her marriage. Delving further into the apothecary’s life, Caroline seeks to solve a mystery which allows her to confront her own future.
My psychological thriller, Sea Scope, is on Sale until April 4 for 99 cents. This book won a silver medal from Reader’s Favorite, was a finalist in the mystery category of Top shelf Magazine’s contest, and was nominated for best mystery by the Author Academy Awards. It was also a 5-star recommended read of the IHI Book Review Project.
Sarah Collins needs an escape. Mourning her brother’s death and the impending breakup of her marriage, she returns to her childhood home in South Carolina, where her family operated an inn.
Sarah hasn’t been back to Sea Scope for twenty years; not since she and her brother Glen discovered a body by the nearby lighthouse. She never understood why her parents left Sea Scope so suddenly, or the reasons behind her father’s suicide.
After Sarah returns to the inn, she faces long-buried memories, text messages and strange clues. Something is not right in Sea Scope. Reunited with people from her past, she tries to figure out what’s going on in her childhood home.
When past and present collide, Sarah must face truths about her family, and what happened that summer day by the lighthouse. But will she survive to tell the tale?
If you haven’t subscribed to Debbie’s Drafts, my author newsletter, subscribe before April 2 to be eligible to win a $10 gift card and a paperback copy of one of my books in which you will be named. Details will be included in my April newsletter.
Arrowed: Resort to Murder 4 Cozy Mystery 4th in Series Publisher: Blazing Sword Publishing Ltd. (March 1, 2021) Paperback: 266 pages ISBN-10: 1735566314 ISBN-13: 978-1735566313 Digital ASIN: B08T8GBDBP
It all began when a dying man with an arrow in his chest grabs her ankle.
During a heatwave at a Santa Fe resort, Julienne has the resort owner pressuring her to solve the murder. The victim is a high profile businessman who made enemies rather than friends, leaving Julienne with a roster of suspects. She was supposed to be training the staff and spending quality time with Mason rather than investigating a murder. The heat turns up when an old girlfriend of Mason’s checks in and is determined to get back together.
About Avery Daniels
Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. She volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.
Please welcome Author Lori Robbins from New Jersey to Ruff Draft
Hi, Lori. It’s great to have you here. How long have you been published? What titles and/or series have you published and with which publisher? Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.
I published my first book, Lesson Plan for Murder, a little over three years ago, in November 2017. In 2018 it won the Silver Falchion for Best Cozy Mystery and was a finalist in the Readers’ Choice and Indie Book Awards. Lesson Plan for Murder was published by Barking Rain Press, which has since gone out of business.
My most recent work, Murder in First Position, was released November 2020, by Level Best Books. It’s the first novel in the On Pointe Mystery Series. My short story, “Accidents Happen” will be in the May 2021 Malice Domestic anthology, Murder Most Diabolical, and another short story, “Leading Ladies” will be in the New York Sisters in Crime anthology Justice for All in September 2021. I have not as yet self-published any books.
Very nice. Congratulations on your new series. Tell us a little bit about your books — if you write a series, any upcoming releases or your current work-in-progress. If you have an upcoming release, please specify the release date.
Murder in First Position is the opening work in the On Pointe Mystery Series, which is set in the world of professional ballet. I’m nearly finished writing Murder in Second Position, which will be released November 2021. I now have the rights back to Lesson Plan for Murder, which is part of a planned Master Class Mystery series. I’m nearly finished with the second book, titled Linked to Murder.
Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?
I plan to continue writing both mystery series, and I also have plotted the first work in a third series. I also hope to publish more short stories. My plan is to keep writing!
Great plan. I’m also hoping to start a new cozy series in addition to my Cobble Cove books. I have the first written and ideas for the next three. I currently have 5 full-length books and 4 short eBooks in my Cobble Cove series. My Easter mystery, KittyKai’s Easter Mystery, is on blog tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, too, until March 28.
What type of reader are you hoping to attract? Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?
Although I’m not at all funny in real life, I’m very funny on the page. Readers who like some humor in their mysteries will enjoy my work. Although my new series is set in a professional ballet company, readers don’t have to know a single thing about dance to enjoy it. People who are drawn to a flawed narrator with a quirky, and occasionally dark sense of humor, will enjoy reading about Leah Siderova.
I think most readers enjoy a bit of humor in their books, especially in cozies.
What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?
Everyone has an important story to tell. Listen to the voices in your head. If you write as you think, your writer’s voice will sound, and be, authentic. And I think that’s what appeals to readers, irrespective of genre. The most important thing, of course, is to keep writing. You’ll find your audience.
I agree completely.
What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?
I received forty-nine rejections before getting an offer from two publishers. I thought I was prepared for rejection, but honestly, it never got easier.
I hear you. I’ve been lucky finding my two publishers quickly, but it’s been a different story with agents. I’m still trying.
Do you belong to any writing groups? Which ones?
I’m a vice president of the New York chapter of Sisters in Crime. I’m also a member of the Damsels of Distress, a group I formed with three other NY SinC writers. We give book talks and writing workshops. Other groups include the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.
I’m also a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. They are both great groups. I’m hoping to join Mystery Writers of America, as well. I’ve never heard of Damsels in Distress, but I will check them out.
What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?
Unsurprisingly, I’m an avid reader! After all these years, I still take ballet classes, although for now these take place via zoom. I look forward to once again attending dance performances, and I recently took up swing dancing. I love traveling to foreign cities. I also enjoy baking, because then I get to eat the results. I have several knitting projects that are in the works but are unlikely to get finished. My guilty pleasure is crossword puzzles.
A nice variety of interests. I never had much interest in crossword puzzles, but I did love to solve Logic Puzzles at one time.
What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?
My books are character-driven, and I love it when those characters begin to take on a life of their own. My toughest challenge is time: I wish I had more of it. On the other hand, I also don’t have time for writers’ block.
lol. Excuse me, but you summed up my feelings about writing exactly. There aren’t enough hours in a day for me to write and promote my work. I also love creating characters and enjoy where they take me in their stories.
What do you like about writing cozy mysteries?
Cozy mysteries put ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances. They invite the reader to take part in the investigation, because the plots unfold in places that feel real, even though they’re often imaginary. These books are challenging to write for those same reasons: why would an ordinary person track a killer? Motivation has a special role in this genre. Also, I love puzzles, and mysteries have those in abundance.
Great points. You’re so right about that.
Can you share a short excerpt from your latest title or upcoming release?
The following is an excerpt from Murder in First Position
I was the girl all the other kids wanted to kill. Skinny, pretty, and confident, I was the target of much envy and very little affection. I realized later that people resented my extreme disinterest in their lives. But it was never personal, because all I ever cared about was ballet.
These days, I wasn’t quite so dismissive. I wouldn’t reveal the exact number of years that had passed since high school, but I would admit that while my former classmates were still young, I was old. Not too old to get pregnant, and not too old to make partner in a law firm, but definitely old for a ballerina trying to make a comeback. And for me, nothing else counted.
I wasn’t bitter. One minute you were the newest baby ballerina and the darling of every critic. The next thing you knew, you were having knee surgery and The New York Times’ dance czar was faintly praising you for your “mature artistry,” which was ballet-speak for “time to retire.” But I wasn’t ready to hang up my pointe shoes. And Bryan Leister was my ticket to the future.
I didn’t have much time. American Ballet Company had commissioned a new ballet from Bryan, and I wanted the lead role. If my performing career were to end soon, and persistent pain from my recently reconstructed knee indicated just that, then I wanted to go out with a bang. On my terms, not anyone else’s.
I called Bryan the night before we were due to return from our summer break. I wanted to grab him before anyone else called in her chips.
“Bryan! It’s me. How are you? How was Montauk?”
This seemed like a good opening. People loved to talk about their vacations. At least over the phone you didn’t have to look at any pictures. You could pretend you salivated over them on Facebook or Instagram.
Bryan’s enthusiasm didn’t match mine. “Uh, Leah. The summer was great. Yeah, it was great. Seriously, I’ve been meaning to call you, but I was, you know, about to leave for a really important appointment. Talk to you tomorrow?”
As Call Ended floated across the screen, I pondered his lack of interest. When we first met, he answered my calls as excitedly as a freshman girl who’d been asked to the prom by the captain of the soccer team. But Bryan sounded more like a college kid whose mother has phoned during his fraternity’s beer pong competition.
I worried all night about whether or not I’d be cast in Bryan’s ballet. Or any ballet. The next morning, I got up early and anxiously checked my email. If Grayson Averin, the Times chief dance critic, had finally written his long-promised feature article about my collaboration with Bryan, I’d automatically become a hot commodity. Powerful men would be calling me, instead of the other way around…
As I entered the lobby of the ballet studio, a different kind of nightmare emerged when a barrage of texts pinged in rapid-fire succession. By the time I disengaged the phone from the depths of my dance bag, the alerts had grown to epic proportions, more suited to a state of emergency than the ordinary resumption of the dance season. I figured family and friends were messaging their support upon my return to ballet.
No hearts greeted me. No smiley faces either. And no bursts of confetti-filled congratulations. Instead, a horrifying series of condolences filled the screen…
The links to each message were the same. Ballet’s Newest Power Couple: Bryan Leister and Arianna Bonneville Remake the Future of American Ballet Company. When I clicked on the title, a dramatic photograph filled the screen. Bryan Leister, looking feverish and passionate, had his hands wrapped around a young dancer’s waist. She was bent backward, in an understandably ecstatic pose. The shock of seeing another dancer in my place was so disorienting, I forgot to push the elevator button. I stared at the picture, unable to look away.
Brian’s voice from behind jolted me out of my funk. “Totally amazing, huh?” Bryan, his arm draped over the shoulders of the girl in the photograph, had an annoying grin on his face.
I swallowed my gloom and congratulated him. “Hitting the big time, I see.”
“Yeah, the article was pretty great. Have you, uh…well, you probably already know Arianna? Arianna Bonneville?”
I bared my teeth—the closest I could get to a smile—and greeted her politely.
Taller than me by a good five inches, she looked down her flawless little nose. “Of course I know you. I used to watch you dance when I was still a little girl.” She flipped her long blonde ponytail over her shoulder and softly laughed.
Bryan wasn’t stupid. He probably knew what I was thinking, and he sounded sincere. “Leah, you know I appreciate all you’ve done for me.” He patted me on the back. “I’ll make sure Friedrich keeps you on the rehearsal schedule. If you’re up to it, of course.”
I unlocked my jaw. “Thanks, Bryan. But I’m fine now. Better than ever. And I can’t wait to get back into the rehearsal studio. I’m sure your ballet is going to be great.”
Bryan avoided further eye contact by addressing his next words to the scuffed door. “I think you’ll like our new ballet master. Friedrich Holstein is brilliant, and he has a lot of exciting plans.”
I’d met Friedrich briefly, during our Paris season. In the two weeks we worked together, the only talent he showed was his genius for biting criticism. Of course, I didn’t say what I was thinking. I already distrusted and disliked Arianna, and in the incestuous and competitive world of professional ballet, dancers could be quite ruthless in their quest for stardom.
When we got to the fifth floor, Bryan rushed into the men’s dressing room. I called after him, “Hey! Before you go, I wanted to ask you—”
He held up his index finger, indicating I should wait. Seven long minutes later, I realized he wasn’t coming back…
Excellent excerpt. Thanks for sharing.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you or your books?
You don’t have to know anything at all about dance to enjoy Murder in First Position! But if you are familiar ballet, you’ll recognize the best—and the worst—of life in this beautiful world.
I’m sure readers will enjoy that. I’m sharing your blog tour and contact information below. Thanks so much for the interview and best wishes on your series.
Murder in First Position: An On Pointe Mystery by Lori Robbins
Ballerina Leah Siderova knows the career of a professional dancer is short. But rarely is it as brief as that of her rival, Arianna Bonneville, whose rise to stardom ends when she is stabbed in the back.
New York City police detective Jonah Sobol fixes upon Leah as the prime suspect. After all, she was the one who found the body, she had the most to gain from Arianna’s death, and it was her name Arianna whispered, just before she died.
Leah is desperate to clear her name, and she begins her own investigation, collaborating with her best friend and her ballet coach. As the three dancers sort through backstage intrigues, attempted blackmail, and a tangle of romantic liaisons, the noose around Leah’s neck grows tighter.
Ballet, with its merciless discipline, is all Leah has ever known. Is that enough to keep her one step ahead of the police—and the killer?
About Lori Robbins
Brooklyn-born Lori Robbins began dancing at age 16 and launched her professional career three years later. She studied modern dance at the Martha Graham School and ballet at the New York Conservatory of Dance. Robbins performed with a number of regional modern and ballet companies, including Ballet Hispanico, the Des Moines Ballet, and the St. Louis Concert Ballet. After ten very lean years as a dancer she attended Hunter College, graduating summa cum laude with a major in British Literature and a minor in Classics. Her first mystery, Lesson Plan for Murder, won the Silver Falchion Award for Best Cozy Mystery and was a finalist in the Readers’ Choice and Indie Book Awards. Murder in First Position is the first in her new mystery series, published on November 23, 2020, by Level Best Books.
She is currently working on the second book in both series. She is also the author of “Accidents Happen” a short story that will appear in the 2021 Malice Domestic anthology: Murder Most Diabolical. Robbins is a vice president of the NYC chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is also a founding member of the Damsels of Distress, a group that offers writing workshops and book readings. She is an expert in the homicidal impulses everyday life inspires.