History Meets Modern TechnologyAs a museum director, I’ve been immersed in the world of art, history and science for many years. And, being a mystery fan, there was no doubt in my mind that one day I would join these forces together to become a storyteller. My novels take you back in time to real events in history, but with a fictitious murder or two added to complement the story. The real twist comes in solving the mystery years, or centuries, later, in contemporary times with modern technology. The time periods and places vary, from the Eastern Theater of the Civil War, to early 20th Century New York City, from Nazi Germany during World War II to the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. My historic characters are fictitious, both protagonists and antagonists, but they are surrounded by real people who lived at the time. I don’t make the pretense that my work is non-fiction, but I’m adamant about the backstory being as authentic as possible. My modern characters are, likewise, fictitious, and are often a blend of real people I know and love . . . or not. To be sure, my books are not “time travel,” “fantasy,” or “sci fi,” but rather are written in two different time periods. They are not “historical” mysteries, nor are they simply “contemporary.” What are they, then? That’s up to you to decide. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy doing so!
Upcoming Lecture and Book Signing: Deadly Provenance
Bowers Museum March 28, 2015. I’ll be discussing my third mystery novel about a hunt for the missing Van Gogh painting named Still Life: Vase with Oleanders.