Dec 10 2019

Great Publishers Weekly Review for DON’T LOOK DOWN

I don’t know about other writers, but I live on tenterhooks while waiting for the trade reviews to come in. My publicist just sent me this one from Publishers Weekly, and it’s fabulous! Here’s an excerpt:

“Davidson keeps the reader guessing to the satisfying conclusion. Crime fiction fans will welcome this tale of family, secrets, resilience, and revenge.”

Read the full review here.

Pre-order DON’T LOOK DOWN from Amazon, Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, Target, or Chapters/Indigo.

Nov 11 2019

Kirkus Weighs in on DON’T LOOK DOWN

Waiting for reviews is always stressful, so this first trade review of DON’T LOOK DOWN made my day! Here’s a little bit of what Kirkus had to say:

“A blackmail plot produces complications upon complications in a story of sex trafficking, class wars, and stolen identities… such a satisfying page-turner.” 

Read the full piece here. I’m so grateful to the reviewer, who clearly read the book carefully (there are minor spoilers in the review, but nothing that diminishes the suspense). DON’T LOOK DOWN is first and foremost a thriller, but it’s one that grapples with issues about race and sex and justice.

Pre-order DON’T LOOK DOWN from Amazon, Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, Target, or Chapters/Indigo. (Reminder: there will be a pre-order contest. Details to come in my newsletter!)

Oct 28 2019

Where to Find Me at Bouchercon

It’s that time of year again! Bouchercon will be held in Dallas, Texas, this fall, and “Denim, Diamonds & Death” will mark the 50th anniversary of the world’s biggest crime-fiction convention. It will be my 10th consecutive year attending (I may be a lifer at this point) and I’m looking forward to it. Here’s where to find me:

Thursday, October 31, 11am-noon: I’ll be on the “That’s What She Said: Snappy Dialogue” panel with Lynette Eason, Dana Haynes, Matthew Iden, Laura Oles, and moderator Donna Andrews (Reunion F); we’ll signing books and programs afterwards.

Friday, November 1, 8am-9am: My publisher, Thomas & Mercer, is hosting the hospitality suite on Friday morning, and I’ll be signing copies of my latest novel, ONE SMALL SACRIFICE. Please stop by to say hello, get some treats, and maybe snag a book!

Saturday, November 2, 2:30-3pm: I’ll be at the Mystery Writers of America table in Marsalis A with Christin Brecher, L.A. Chandlar, Joe R. Lansdale, Tosca Lee, and Margaret Mizushima. Bouchercon schedules are always crazy and it’s hard to see everyone so pop by for a moment if you can.



Sep 6 2019

An Even Bigger Book Sale

Last month, I posted about ONE SMALL SACRIFICE being on sale in the UK and Australia. Now, the book is on sale in the US and Canada as well. The price of the paperback edition is between 25% and 50% off, and the Kindle price is up to 80% off: 

Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can take advantage of this deal by downloading the free Kindle app on your phone or tablet (from the Apple Store or Google Play). The sale will be on until September 14th in the UK and Australia, and until September 30th in the US and Canada. I hope you’ll pick up the novel if you haven’t already — and if you’ve read the book, I hope you’ll spread the word!

Aug 15 2019

Summer Sale

Readers in the UK and Australia, have I got a deal for you! Starting today, my latest novel, ONE SMALL SACRIFICE, is part of a special Amazon promotion, with the Kindle edition of the book selling for £1 in the UK and $2 in Australia. Here are the links:



The sale ends on September 14th, so grab the book now and please spread the word!


Jul 16 2019

Cover Reveal: Don’t Look Down

I swooned when I saw Christopher Lin’s cover artwork for ONE SMALL SACRIFICE, and now I’m in love with his cover for the sequel. Coming in February 2020 from Thomas & Mercer! Pre-order now from Amazon or Indiebound.

Jun 1 2019

Happy Release Day, One Small Sacrifice!

It feels crazy to be celebrating release day on a Saturday, but here we are. After having the most incredible pre-release month thanks to Amazon’s First Reads program—and the wonderful independent stores I visited on tour—ONE SMALL SACRIFICE is officially out in the wild! It’s available from Amazon, Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, and Target. Signed copies are available from my terrific tour stops: NYC’s Mysterious Bookshop, Denver’s Tattered Cover, Scottsdale’s Poisoned Pen, Houston’s Murder by the Book, and Toronto’s Ben McNally Books. Happy reading!

May 9 2019

Library Journal Gives One Small Sacrifice a Starred Review!

I guess the title of this post says it all. Library Journal has given One Small Sacrifice a starred review, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Here’s part of what they had to say:

VERDICT Fans of Karin Slaughter, Tana French, and Lisa Gardner will devour this new police procedural, which boasts a strong female detective and an intriguing antagonist. Sheryn [Sterling] will draw in readers, and Davidson’s (Blood Always Tells) complex storytelling will keep them wanting more.

Here’s the full review. Yes, I am pinching myself.

It seems like a good time to mention that I’m on tour right now: Murder by the Book in Houston tonight; St. Louis County Library on Tuesday, May 14th; and Ben McNally Books in Toronto on Thursday, May 16th. Come see me!

Also, One Small Sacrifice is an Amazon First Reads pick for May 2019. If you have Amazon Prime, you can literally get the Kindle version of the book for FREE right now; if you don’t have Prime, it’s on sale of $1.99.

May 1 2019

One Small Sacrifice Is an Amazon First Reads Pick!

For the past few months, I’ve been keeping a secret: I knew that my next novel, ONE SMALL SACRIFICE, had been selected for Amazon’s First Reads program, but I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone. This led to some confusion over the release date of the book. For the record, that’s still June 1st! But First Reads books are available a month early in certain formats, which was why some people started seeing May 1st as the release date.

First Reads is the reason why my book tour is a month early — the stores I appear at will be the only ones to stock the hardcover and paperback editions this month. If you’re near one of the venues, I hope I’ll see you while I’m on the road!

Apr 30 2019

Out Now: At Home in the Dark

Crime writing has its thrilling moments, and one of mine happened early in 2018, when I discovered an email from Lawrence Block waiting for me one morning. In it, he asked me to write a story for a collection he was putting together. I don’t need to tell you that Mr. Block is a legend, but I should mention that I’ve been reading him since I was in high school and truly love his work. Contributing to his collection — AT HOME IN THE DARK — felt like a special challenge. Here’s how my story “Cold Comfort” begins:

The artists at the Humphrey Funeral Home were miracle workers, but even they couldn’t piece Abby Killingsworth’s face back together. In life, she had a curious charisma that was immediately striking in spite of her flaws. It was powerful yet puzzling: her eyes were wide-set and her nose had a bump and her lips were so plump and ripe that they lent her a faintly cartoonish appearance. Yet, when observed together in their heart-shaped frame, a peculiar alchemy occurred that could render complete strangers mute.

Abby had been a great beauty in life. In death, she was a broken statue, mere fragments of cold marble. My own heart had cracked in sadness when I first laid eyes on her lifeless body. In the oasis of false comfort that was the Humphrey Funeral Home, with its piped-in violin music, I kept up my unperturbed façade by imagining that Abby was elsewhere.

“The casket will stay closed,” her mother announced. It was the day before Abby’s funeral, and we stood together in a viewing room at the Humphrey. It was preposterously grand, with a domed ceiling that spoke of aspirations to royal chapelhood. Janet Killingsworth had asked me to accompany her to provide moral support, since her husband had refused to leave the house since his daughter’s death. “I don’t want anyone seeing what that bastard did to her.” She bit her lip. “I’m sorry, Father, I didn’t mean to swear.”

“Please don’t worry about that.” I struggled to come up with something meaningful to say, anything that could blunt the pain. “Abby is at peace now, you must concentrate on that.”

“Oh, Father, I try to. But when I think of what that monster did to my baby…” Janet’s voice cracked. I put my hand on her shoulder, and she rested her head on my chest.

“Why would God take my baby?” Janet sobbed.

Of all the questions asked of me since I’d joined the priesthood, this was the most perplexing. I had no answers, only the same platitudes I’d heard since I was a boy growing up in County Cork. “All I can promise is that there is meaning in everything. It is invisible to us, so we must trust the Lord in all things.”

Janet inhaled sharply and shuddered. “There’s one other thing,” she said, pulling away. “I want you to perform an Absolution for Abby.”

I stared at her. Absolution had been removed from the Funeral Mass before I was born. I’d only performed it a handful of times, in unusual circumstances.

“My daughter may have been… involved with a man,” Janet said quietly.


Janet read the shock in my face, and quickly added. “Abby was such a good girl, and I don’t know if it really counts as an affair, because she was separated from her husband, but…”

“Why would you suspect such a thing?”

Janet wiped her eyes. “Abby was pregnant.”

“What? Abby told you that?”

“No, Father. The police did. It came up in the autopsy.” She choked on that last word.

“The child might’ve been her husband’s,” I pointed out.

“No. Abby didn’t see Frank at all. She told me she didn’t.” Janet gazed at me. “What did Abby say to you?”

“It wasn’t anything she said outright,” I explained. “It was her attitude. Whenever I visited her in the past few weeks, she was in a much more forgiving frame of mind about Frank. She believed he was capable of change, I think.” I was silent for a moment. “I saw vases of daisies in her suite a couple of times. I suppose I simply assumed that they were from Frank. That was the flower they used at their wedding.”

“She seemed so happy, before she died,” Janet said softly. “Glowing. Almost as if she were in love. That wasn’t because of Frank. She didn’t love him anymore. A mother knows these things.”

“You haven’t said anything about this, have you?” I asked. “It’s not anyone’s business, but of course people might wonder…”

“No. I don’t want her good name ruined. There are people who might think what that bastard—her husband, I mean—did to her was justified.”

“No one would ever think that.”

“Some people are cruel, Father. Abby was a good girl, but she… she had her flaws.”

“We all do,” I told her, speaking softly but with a firmness I hoped would comfort her. “We are all flawed creatures, yet the Lord loves us nonetheless.”

AT HOME IN THE DARK also features stories by N. J. Ayres, Laura Benedict, Jill D. Block, Richard Chizmar, Jim Fusilli, Joe Hill, Elaine Kagan, Joe Lansdale, Warren Moore, Joyce Carol Oates, Ed Park, Nancy Pickard, Thomas Pluck, James Reasoner, Wallace Stroby, and Duane Swierczynski. Subterranean Press is doing a special hardcover edition that will include only 500 numbered copies, but there’s also a paperback edition and an eBook. The book is out today, and you can order from Amazon, Indiebound, and directly from Subterranean Press.

UPDATE: A couple of hours after I posted this, I learned that the hardcover edition is already sold out (!!!) Happy reading, crime peeps.