You’ve probably heard me mention before, Patricia Gligor is one of my favorite writers and people — and we’ve never met! Well, she has a new book out for me to enjoy, so here’s Patricia sharing with us her new addition to the Malone mystery series.  Welcome, Patricia!

Patricia Gligor

Patricia Gligor



Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling. She has worked as an administrative assistant, the sole proprietor of a resume writing service and the manager of a sporting goods department–but her passion has always been writing fiction.




On March 14th, my fifth Malone mystery, Marnie Malone, will be released. Like Mistaken Identity, the fourth book in the series, the book takes place in South Carolina, while the first three books are set in Cincinnati, my hometown.

For those of you who haven’t read my Malone mystery series, here’s a short overview. (Of course, there’s so much more to the series than what I’ve written. There are numerous sub-plots and lots of “interesting” characters I don’t have the space to mention here.)

Ann Malone Kern lives on the bottom floor of an old Victorian on the west side of Cincinnati with her husband, David, and their two young children, Danielle and Davey.

In the first book, Mixed Messages, there’s a serial strangler on the loose in Ann’s neighborhood and, through a series of mixed messages, Ann comes to believe she is targeted to be the Westwood Strangler’s next victim.

Unfinished Business, the sequel, tells “the rest of the story” when Ann’s sister, Marnie, an attorney in Charleston, and her boyfriend, Sam, drive up from South Carolina to visit.

In Desperate Deeds, the third Malone mystery, six-year-old Davey goes missing and Ann is desperate to find her son.

After all the turmoil and stress I put Ann through in the first three books, I decided she needed a break. She and the kids fly to South Carolina to visit Marnie where they spend what was supposed to be a relaxing, fun-filled vacation on Fripp Island. But Ann’s idyllic vacation quickly becomes a dangerous quest to find a murderer.

That brings us to Marnie Malone. I thought it was about time she had a book of her own. (By the way, each book may be read as a standalone.)

Marnie MaloneSomeone is stalking Marnie.

It’s Marnie’s last week at the law firm of Cliburn & Reeves and she feels like she’s riding an emotional roller coaster. Up when she wins the divorce and custody battle for Callie Jackson against her abusive husband, Jed. And plummeting down when one witness after another decides not to testify against Mark Hall, an attorney at another Charleston firm and an “alleged” serial rapist.

Marnie receives one threat after another and she constantly feels the need to look over her shoulder, convinced that someone is stalking her. With Sam out of town on business, she’s alone in the big, old farmhouse and strange things are happening. Noises in the attic, creaking floorboards and someone watching her from the woods.

As she tries to determine the identity of the stalker, the list of men who have grudges against her grows longer each day. In her line of work she’s made enemies. Is the stalker someone from the past or one of the men on her list? And, how far will he go?

Marnie Malone can be ordered through your local book store and is available online at:


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Happy Reading!

  • Thank you, Nancy Boyarsky, for a wonderful visit. Looking forward to reading The Swap.


  • Thank you to everyone who follows and/or has stopped by my blog, it means a lot to me that you take the time!


  • Excited to announce wonderful author Patricia Gligor will be visiting the week of March 12th! Hint, hint, she has a new book…

And be sure to visit/follow me and fellow authors (1) on Writers in Residence. My latest post is linked below, but there’s sooooooooo much more from my excellent writer friends. Stop by anytime, better still, we love new followers!


Writers in Residence

(1) Jackie Houchin, Miko Johnston, Lindo O. Johnston, Rosemary Lord, G.B. Pool, Bonnie Schroeder, and Jacqueline Vick.

I’m so happy to feature Nancy Boyarsky in my new  Author Spotlight.

Here’s Nancy….

Nancy Boyarsky

Nancy Boyarsky

Nancy Boyarsky was born in Oakland, California. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, her first job was as an assistant editor in a tiny, long-gone publishing company in San Francisco. She has worked as a writer and editor all of her life.

She is married to former Los Angeles Times City Editor Bill Boyarsky and lives in Los Angeles. She still devotes herself to writing, editing, and reading and has added painting to her list of hobbies. She loves the theater, films and travel, especially to the UK.

In Nancy’s own words, how The Swap became a book…

Inspiration for The Swap

The Swap is the story of a house-swap gone bad between a couple from L.A. and a couple in London. The plot is based on a house swap my husband and I did a number of years ago. I had a lot of anxiety before that trip, worrying that the Londoners would rip us off and (alternately) that my house wasn’t tidy enough. I went crazy cleaning and neatening up to the point that my husband said he’d never do another house swap.

The actual swap itself went very well. The house in London had just about the same features and comforts as our own. Also the same messy closets and grotty corners. As in the book, the London couple had a boarder who was rarely there because her work called for a lot of traveling. And there was something a little spooky about the house. The painting in the dining room was pretty much like the one described in the book. It set a mood, making me feel something was a little off.

After we got home, I kept speculating about what would happen if the Londoners had never reached L.A., had never been heard from again.

The trip up the west coast of Scotland was based on another trip to the U.K. when we drove all the way from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye. The house where my heroine was held prisoner was a beautiful hotel where we stayed along the route. It’s called the Isle of Eriska.

The rest, the story line, I made up as I went along. The sense of place was important to the story. In a way, settings seemed to dictate what the action would be and what was going to happen next.

I had a lot of fun writing The Swap, and I hope readers are entertained by Nicole’s adventures as the innocent abroad.



Buy link:

Book launch:

Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, California, February 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

The SWAP Trailer 


Thanks for visiting, Nancy, and I’m certainly looking forward to reading  The Swap.  Much Success!