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!
800px-Florence_Nightingale_three_quarter_lengthI 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!

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

September 23, 2017
Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival
Riverfront Park
Sophia Street
Fredericksburg, VA
Book Signing
This is the second year for this well-organized event, which features over 100 authors—in a variety of genres—signing books and meeting attendees.  Additionally, you will find food offerings, workshops, and other activities geared to the entire family.
October 21, 2017
Tillie Pierce House Inn
Gettysburg, PA
Speaking Topic & Book Signing
“Mourning Tea in the Afternoon” is a discussion about Victorian funeral and mourning customs. The book signing will follow the discussion. The event costs $15/per person and includes a light tea, scones plus the viewing of displayed original mourning antiquities. Make your reservations through the Tillie Piece House Inn by calling 717-398-2847. Click here for details
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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