Book #7 in the Lady of Ashes Series—Coming Spring 2018!
Stay tuned for Street of Tombs, the next installment of Violet Harper’s undertaking adventures, coming early next year.  This time, Violet travels to Pompeii, where—naturally—she finds a body among the ruins. 

New Book — No Cure for the Dead—Coming from Crooked Lane Books May 8, 2018!
I am pleased to announce that Crooked Lane Books has made an offer for a new historical mystery series that I have developed, featuring Florence Nightingale as the protagonist. Violet Harper has performed undertaking work for the Nightingale family, and I am excited to have readers meet a much younger Violet in the book. Before the little wisps of gray began to show up on Violet and her corset began to shrink!  I hope you will enjoy the series. The development of nursing is almost as fascinating as that of undertaking, although of course, Violet will always prefer corpses to patients! This title is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Click here to order your copy.

New Book—Coming from Sourcebooks in 2018!
I have also been busy on another quick mystery Violet solved in March 1870, involving a pocket watch that seemed to be cursing the lives of those who owned it.  Violet had quite a time unraveling the true source of the watch’s evil. My story will be featured in an anthology of stories I am writing, along with Susanna Kearsley (LOTS of fabulous romantic historical fiction), Anna Lee Huber (Lady Darby mysteries), and C.S. Harris (Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries).  I admire all of their books and this is a great honor for me.

Christine’s Appearances

October 28, 2017
National Novel Writing Month Kickoff Party
St. Mary’s County Library – Lexington Park Branch
21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park, MD 20653 

November is National Novel Writers’ Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo (Check out This is a nationwide challenge for writers to write 50,000 words in the month of November. I will be giving a presentation, “Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Choose Wisely,” as part of the library’s kickoff party. I will discuss my publishing journey and answer participant questions about the industry. The kickoff event is free, but registration is required.

Following the presentation, the library will host a NaNoWriMo Plan-a-Thon from 12pm—4pm. Bring your laptop, notebook or flash drive. The library will provide refreshments and a place to plan out the novel you will write in the month of November. Drop in or stay the whole time.

December 2, 2017, 11:00AM to 12:00PM
A Victorian Christmas
Adams County Library
140 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Book signing to follow the presentation.
Join me for a featured presentation as the historic town of Gettysburg celebrates the start of the Christmas holidays. Join me for a featured presentation, “All Aboard the Necropolis Train,” as the historic town of Gettysburg celebrates the start of Christmas holidays. Did you know that a mourning train existed during Queen Victoria’s reign? This train, with space for both corpses and mourners, shuttled between London’s Waterloo station and Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey, to deliver bodies to a burial site so large that it was claimed capable of “burying all of London’s dead forever.” How did this train operate, and does it still exist? Hop aboard with your conductor, Christine Trent, for a fascinating journey through this little known bit of Victorian history.

March 23-25, 2018
Reenactors Appreciation Weekend
Gettysburg, PA
Yes, I’ll be back to beloved Gettysburg for another appearance/signing. Details coming soon.

April 27-30, 2018
Malice Domestic Conference—30th Anniversary  
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center  
5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD
Guest Panelist & Book Signing
I will also be serving with the inestimable Hank Phillippi Ryan as one of the Friday night auctioneers.    
August 8, 2018
Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival 
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 Finney Ave., Suffolk, VA  
Guest Panelist & Book Signing
Now in its 5th year, this festival, sponsored by the Suffolk County Department of Tourism, brings together hundreds of mystery readers with their favorite authors.  I’ll be participating in signings, panels, and a VIP meet-n-greet.


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