A posh seaside lawn party. To Cape Cod inventor Pam Nash, it’s the ideal launch for Zappa, her new “Taser for pacifists.” To her daughter Ashley, it’s the ideal way to turn 21. For ex Fix-It Chick Lydia Vivaldi and Wampanoag dessert chef Mudge Miles, it’s a catering opportunity they can’t refuse. But when they learn Ashley’s fled home from a stalker in Las Vegas, and a reveler is found dead in the water off the Nashes’ dock, it’s time for local artist, author, and eccentric genius Edgar Rowdey to turn sleuth.
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Edward Gorey On Stage (Playwright, Director, Designer, Performer): a Multimedia Memoir
This full-color print and e-book is full of rare drawings and photos, stories, music, video, and website links.
“A joy to read… I especially liked the multimedia links… A must have for fans of Gorey’s work [and] a great read for anyone interested in the performing arts.” —PM, Amazon > More Reviews
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Is the charming seaside town of Quansett a sanctuary or a death trap? It takes a village to find out — led by urban refugee Lydia Vivaldi and reclusive artist Edgar Rowdey.
“Everything I want in a mystery…a plot that keeps you turning pages, terrific dialog, humor, great local color…I enjoyed every minute.” —SW, Amazon > More Reviews
A publisher’s Christmas party. A blizzard. Rival scientists. Secret romances. Murder. Only the journalist daughter of NY detective Archie Goodwin can solve this one.
“The story never slows down…I could hardly wait to untangle all the complications and reach the satisfying ending. Highly recommended!” –AF, Amazon > More Reviews
San Francisco writer CJ Verburg is best known as a playwright and theater director, and for her best-selling books including Ourselves Among Others and The Environmental Predicament. For her specialties and background as an editor, see her LinkedIn profile.
A friend and neighbor of the late artist Edward Gorey, CJ produced twenty-odd of his original theatrical pieces on Cape Cod. Edward Gorey On Stage is her memoir about that adventure; and Croaked: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery started as one of their frequent idées du jour over lunch. She is also the author of Silent Night Violent Night: a Cory Goodwin Mystery, which grew out of her adventures on the dark side of science publishing.
Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians was a winner of Ashland New Plays Festival (October 2011) and Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series (April 2012). When Pulitzer laureate Jerome Hart drops dead onstage, what will become of his Cape Cod farmhouse, his five cats, and his unofficial lifelong partner, Mimi Locke? Read about Spin and the ANPF in the Ashland Daily Tidings.
Lady Day in Love, at San Francisco’s Fellowship Theatre Guild (summer 2006), starred local/international jazz diva Kim Nalley as Billie Holiday. With Lady Sunrise, Ed Gillies, and T. Hall.