Red, Red Roses: the sparrow falls valentine


Read the delightful short story that readers have fallen in love with!  Available now on Amazon and B&N.

“This is not your typical mystery…”

“If you love to read Debbie Macomber and Jan Karon, you will certainly fall in love with Sparrow Falls!”

“This pretty story, along with McLean’s wonderful novel The Butterfly Caper: a sparrow falls mystery #4, proves that the author is equally adept at writing compelling, believable romances combined with intriguing mysteries.”

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*NEW* from the Cozy Mystery List Blog!

The following Mystery Books will be released in March 2017: March 2017 Jeff Abbott: Blame (This will be a Stand Alone mystery.) Cathy Ace: The Case of the Curious Cook (This will be the 3rd in the WISE Enquiries Agency Mystery Series.) Tessa Arlen: A Death by Any Other Name (This will be the 3rd in…

via March 2017 Mystery Book New Releases — The Cozy Mystery List Blog

Trick or Treat! (O.0)

It’s that time of year again. Pumpkins, costumes, candy – and murder?! Tilda once more finds herself at the center of a mystery, this one at the annual Trick or Treat party in the small cozy town of Sparrow Falls, on Halloween.

Read this five-star short story now on kindle and nook, or in the ebook and paperback anthology from Quaint Cottage Press,   A Sparrow Falls Holiday.

 Happy Reading!  (O.o)


New for the Sparrow Falls Mystery Series!

I’m very pleased to share these lovely new covers for the Sparrow Falls Mystery series, and also to announce that – due to popular demand – each novel now includes at least one of Ms. Tilda’s favorite recipes!  Many readers and friends suggested this idea to me, and after giving it some thought, I realized that including recipes would be a perfect addition to these clean cozy novels.  After all, Ms. Tilda is a wonderful cook, and sharing recipes is a big part of small town life.  It’s one of the things that make cozy mysteries,  well, cozy.  I hope you will enjoy the beautiful artwork, the yummy hometown food, and, most of all, the mysteries of these updated versions.

And yes, dear reader, more novels are in the works!  Two more novels are being written as I post this, and many more are planned and waiting to be written.  Thank you so much for your support and encouragement over the years as I have ventured into fulfilling my lifelong dream of being a novelist.  You’re the best readers ever!

The newly designed covers, including recipes, are available now on amazon kindle and nook b&n.




Tilda Goes Forth

Care for a quick cozy mystery to read over your Independence Day weekend? You DO? Then I respectfully suggest a visit to Sparrow Falls, where you will experience an old-fashioned Fourth of July picnic, a surprising and mysterious murder, and a nosy sleuth. Available now as a short story on Kindle and Nook, or included in the short story collection A Sparrow Falls Holiday, exclusively on Amazon. Thank you, and happy reading!

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Free cozy mystery ebook weekend!

The first novel in the popular Sparrow Falls Mystery series is available free on kindle for a limited time only! Click the cover below to see A Distant Murder on The link will open in a new window.   Thank you, and happy reading!


A Distant MurderPerhaps you came here to find the story of the woman your grandmother did not have an opportunity to become, or to finish the story of the one who interrupted her life so suddenly.”  These intriguing words send Addie McRae on a quest to uncover the truth behind a decades-old unsolved murder and find a killer who is still living, and killing, in Sparrow Falls, North Carolina. She is befriended by spunky southern lady Tilda MacArdan and the mysterious and angelic Morwenna Goss, known as the “story keeper” of the old Scottish cemetery. A list of suspects grows as Addie meets the eccentric townsfolk, most of them descendants of Highland Scots who settled the town centuries before. Does a gossiping trio of elderly women remember the first murder accurately, or are they merely keeping ugly rumors alive? An artist who painted the portrait of the beautiful murder victim may have loved her – or killed her. The handsome editor of the town’s struggling newspaper, whose grandfather was the prime suspect, could be Addie’s new beau, or her most dangerous foe. New suspects appear as the amateur detective unravels the cold case, and Addie learns that even in a quiet town things – and people – are never quite as they appear.