The Great Cactus Caper


The Left Coast Crime 2016 conference in Phoenix provided opportunities to connect with readers and other authors. And Wow! Was it ever fun! My panel was called Four-Legged Sidekicks, and I joined authors John Clement, Linda O. Johnston, and Janet Finsilver, who also include animals in their stories, to talk about our mystery series.

Our panel was moderated by publicist Maryglenn McCombs, who did an extraordinary job reading excerpts from our books. She asked me questions like: Is Robo based on a real dog? ( Yes, he was. See the answer to that for more detail in an earlier blog post.) and Does writing an animal character allow you to express ideas or concepts you can’t with human characters? (For me, it’s all about the human-animal bond, so including an animal character is a must. And for Mattie in particular, Robo is the first character she learns to trust; he’ll open emotional doors for her later in the series.)

This conference features three and a half days of author panels, guest interviews, and author-reader connection activities designed for people to meet each other and learn about new and established writers in the crime fiction genre. Next year, LCC is set in Honolulu! We should all go! Check here for more info:




Stalking Ground_v2_Cover

I’m grateful to readers who’ve contacted me through my website to ask if KILLING TRAIL is the first book in a series, and I’m thrilled to say yes, the Timber Creek K-9 mysteries will be a series. The second mystery, STALKING GROUND, will be released by Crooked Lane Books on September 13, 2016.

In it, Deputy Mattie Cobb and Robo investigate a murder with Cole Walker’s help, but tables are turned when they find themselves in the killer’s stalking ground, and the hunters become the hunted. I hope you’ll join me on another Timber Creek adventure this Fall, and here’s a peek at what the STALKING GROUND cover looks like.

Life as a Veterinarian’s Wife


Life as a Veterinarian’s Wife

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I’ve been married to a veterinarian for thirty-four years, and I was given a hint of what this life might be like on our very first date. This was decades ago, so imagine a time before cell phones. Charlie took me to dinner at a nice restaurant, and as our server was bringing our meals to the table, his pager beeped. He excused himself to find a telephone so that he could check in with his answering service. When he returned, he said he had an emergency, and we needed to box up our food and run. I lived fifteen miles away and there was no time to take me home, so I went with him.



ReleaseDay_MizushimaThe release day for Killing Trail: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery is here—December 8, 2015—the day I’ve been dreaming about for over a year. I’m thrilled of course, but most of all I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for all the people who made this day happen. First, there was my agent, Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management, who read the manuscript and fell in love with the story and the characters. What would I do without her? She shores me up and supports me each step of the way. Then editors Matt Martz and Nike Power of Crooked Lane Books gave the book a chance, loved the characters, and helped me shape it into the best mystery it could be. The staff members at Crooked Lane are dedicated professionals who make sure things get done without losing me in the process. And now publicist Dana Kaye of Kaye Publicity and her staff are making sure we get the word out so that others can fall in love with Robo, Deputy Mattie Cobb, and Cole Walker, DVM. Dana’s team of publicists is the best!

I appreciate being associated with these wonderful people more than I can say. And that’s all I can say at the moment, because the computer screen has blurred. I need to go and wipe my tears.