"My new Mystery in Maine was delayed by cancer and cancer treatment, and in a way informed by it. My latest blog post shares my longer journey toward publishing Deadly Turn (due out this fall)."

The next Mystery in Maine: DEADLY TURN

is COMING SOON!!! Find out more.


National Winner: Mystery Writers of America McCloy Award
National Finalist: Women's Fiction Writers Rising Star Contest
Finalist: 2018 Maine Literary Awards Competition
Finalist: 2017 SPR Book Awards


Deadly Trespass “. . . will propel you across the wildest of Maine’s terrain and into its coldest waters—in search of whispered wolves, possible murderers, odd bedfellows, greedy sons of bitches, and reasons for it all.” —FAPA award winning author Meredith Marple

As Deadly Trespass opens, Cassandra Patton Conover (AKA “Patton”) is about to become an outlaw. Searching for her wayward dog in Maine’s dense woods, she finds her best friend Shannon crushed under a tree. Then she finds tracks larger than any animal she knows and a mystery only wild animals can help her solve . . . 


Watch the Deadly Trespass VIDEO BOOK TRAILER!

Who Is Patton Conover, Anyway?

The protagonist of Deadly Trespass, Cassandra “Patton” Conover, is defiant, vulnerable, full of rough edges and dark humor, delivering sass with eloquence and uncomfortable accuracy. She is described by one reviewer as “a seasoned, salty and spirited defender of Maine’s woods and wildlife.” Find out more . . .


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