Fiction

Black, White, and Dead All Over is a cozy mystery featuring Chrissy Rooke, an overwhelmed food editor at The Daily News and single mom of a first-grader who thinks he’s a ninja. Tensions are mounting at the newspaper as employees anticipate layoffs from the cost-slashing new owner and are verbally abused by the new managing editor, who demands that Chrissy abandon her focus on fresher, healthier recipes and focus on desserts instead. Chrissy’s attempts to reason with him are to no avail, and end in a loud confrontation witnessed by the entire newsroom. Chrissy can’t afford to lose her job, so she gives up and decides to test recipes for a feature on brownies, thinking she can sneak something about the health benefits of chocolate onto an inside page. When her boss is found dead after suffering an allergic reaction to a brownie, and all eyes are on Chrissy, who must prove her innocence and find the real killer.

Publication Status: Black, White, and Dead All Over is a completed manuscript currently in revision.