Issue 4 •  October 10, 2016
Two important Tuesdays are coming up next month — November 8th (please vote!) and November 29th, when I’ll be hosting the book launch for FORGOTTEN CITY, the second Claire Codella mystery. If you’re in New York City on that date, please come down to The Mysterious Bookshop at 6:30 p.m. and help me celebrate.
Reviews of FORGOTTEN CITY are starting to come in. Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly just wrote:
Smith’s solid second Claire Codella mystery (after 2015’s Silent City) opens with the death of 56-year-old Lucy Merchant, a famous musical theater actress turned choreographer suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s. The executive director of Lucy’s ritzy residential care facility claims the Broadway legend died of natural causes, but her daughter, Julia, fears foul play and turns to Manhattan homicide detective Claire for help. Julia doesn’t have enough proof to warrant an official investigation, but Claire, who’s recovering from cancer and has spent the past few months sidelined by her lieutenant, decides to do some off-book digging in the hopes that it’ll lead to a new assignment. What follows is a thoughtfully constructed … mystery that tackles such sensitive topics as alcoholism, rape, domestic violence, and bigotry. One secondary character stands out, Lucy’s nighttime caregiver, Brandon; Smith writes with sensitivity and nuance about his experiences as a transgender man.
Visit my website if you’d like to read the first twenty pages of FORGOTTEN CITY.
And if you’d like to pre-order the book, it’s available now at Amazon, IndieBound, or Barnes and Noble.

My best to all of you!
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