Sep 1 2021

“Weed Man” in Ellery Queen

I grew up reading Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, so there’s no bigger thrill than appearing in its pages!

My story “Weed Man” is in EQMM’s 80th anniversary issue, on newsstands now. “Weed Man” is about a wealthy white marijuana entrepreneur who crosses paths with his former dealer, a Black veteran who was recently released from prison. Here’s how it begins:

“Hey, boss,” Pete said, poking his head into my office. “We got a little problem.”

“Don’t tell me we ran out again.” I toggled between spreadsheets on my computer. My latest venture, a retail shop called The High Life, was practically minting money, but inventory problems were killing me.

“We are running low, but that’s not it,” Pete said. He stepped into my office and lowered his voice. “There’s this guy. He won’t leave.”

I looked up. Pete was a nice enough kid, a blond surfer who reminded me of a golden lab my family had when I was a kid. He wasn’t any smarter than the dog. “What guy?”

“He’s talking to everybody, telling them he knows you.”

“Really?” I clicked save and shut the files. The last thing I needed was some clown stinking the place up. “He mention going to school with me?”

“No way. He’s too old.”

“Is he high? Or homeless?”

Pete shrugged. “I can’t tell.”

As I headed down the hallway behind the shop, Pete trotted behind me. The High Life was in Westwood, and a sizeable chunk of our clientele lived in the stately Art Deco apartment buildings and luxurious houses nearby. But we were a stone’s throw from UCLA, so we got all kinds of people.

I heard laughter even before I opened the door to the shop. I punched the code in and opened the door. It opened into a sunlit room painted a pale turquoise. There were glass display cases organized in a horseshoe shape around the room. But everyone’s attention seemed to be on a wizened Black man in the center of the room.

“I’m telling you, I taught Erik Tremayne everything he knows about weed,” he was saying. “Once sold him a bag of oregano and he told me it was the best weed he ever had. ‘Course, he was only sixteen then. What did he know?”

I froze in place, feeling like I’d stepped into a dream. He turned and grinned at me, flashing gold eyeteeth. “Hey, Erik!” he called. “It’s Willie the Weed Man. I got outta jail!”

EQMM is available on newsstands and by subscription; you can also buy a single issue online. I hope you’ll check it out!

Aug 24 2021

Mystery Scene Magazine

Look what arrived in the mail while I was away: the Fall 2021 issue of Mystery Scene magazine. The issue is chock-full of awesomeness, including a cover story on S.A. Cosby plus features on Ian Rankin, Ann Cleeves… and me! I couldn’t be more grateful to John B. Valeri for his terrific story that manages to capture a lot about how I think and how I write. On newsstands now!


Aug 17 2021

16,000 and Counting

Cover image of the novel HER LAST BREATHI was going to post something when Her Last Breath reached 13,000 customer reviews on Amazon. But it quickly started climbing to 14,000, and then I was away visiting family when it hit 15,000. I can’t keep up with my own book! I’m beyond grateful for all of the love it has received. My deepest thanks to everyone who has read the book and recommended it to others.

If you haven’t read Her Last Breath yet, I hope you’ll pick it up soon. Want a signed copy? The Poisoned Pen (in the US) and Ben McNally Books (in Canada) have you covered. Want a copy personalized? Contact Kew & Willow Books. For regular orders, check out Amazon, Angus & Robertson, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, IndieboundTarget, & Waterstones. If your local library doesn’t have the book yet, ask them to order it. And thanks for reading!


Jul 14 2021

Entertainment Weekly News!

This caught me by surprise. I love Wendy Walker, and when I asked her to take an early read of Her Last Breath (with an eye to blurbing it if she liked it), she graciously agreed. But I never imagined I’d see her recommending the book in the pages of Entertainment Weekly! From Wendy:

Her Last Breathsimply has it all. A page-turning plot, damaged, complex characters you can’t help but root for, and a truly twisty family saga woven throughout. I loved this one by master storyteller Hilary Davidson!

It’s impossible to wrap my elation into words, but I’m so very grateful.


Jul 1 2021

Today’s the Day for Her Last Breath!

 

Welcome to the world, HER LAST BREATH!

There’s nothing quite like publication day. It’s Christmas and your birthday rolled into one, but with plenty of anxiety mixed in, because you worry about how your book will fare in the world. HER LAST BREATH had the good fortune to be picked for Amazon’s First Reads program in June, and if you take a look now, it has 7,900+ reviews. I am speechless.

Well, maybe not entirely speechless. My launch event with the Poisoned Pen last night was fantastic, and you can check it out for yourself (and order a signed book from the store—those are rare these days!). I did an Instagram Live interview with my friend and author Vanessa Lillie. If you’d like to hear me talk even more, there’s a new Speaking of Mysteries podcast, which has Nancie Clare interviewing me.

HER LAST BREATH is now available everywhere books are sold, including Amazon, Angus & Robertson, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Indiebound (for independent booksellers), Target, & Waterstones. If you’d like a signed copy, please contact the Poisoned Pen or Kew & Willow Books. If you’d like a signed bookplate, just shoot me an email.

Thanks, everyone, for all of your support. I couldn’t do this without you.


Jun 30 2021

The Day Before the Big Day

Tomorrow is HER LAST BREATH‘s release day, and I couldn’t be more excited… or more busy. Somehow, two events I’ve been really looking forward to got scheduled for tonight. In a virtual world, no one knows what day it is, baby!

Official HER LAST BREATH launch with the Poisoned Pen, 7:30pm EDT/4:30pm PDT: Join me for a conversation about my new standalone thriller! Scottsdale’s legendary Poisoned Pen is the only store that I’ve visited (in person or virtually) for all of my books, and it’s an honor to be back with my seventh. Watch via Facebook Live or catch the replay later. If you want a signed hardcover or paperback, the store has you covered!

Instagram Live with Vanessa Lillie, 9pm EDT: Author and friend Vanessa Lillie has started a terrific online series called ‘Twas the Night Before Book Launch, and you can catch me there tonight!

Bonus! Radio Interview with Joy on Paper, July 1st at 11:30am EDT: A live broadcast on release day itself. Host PatZi Gil is great at getting authors to give up their secrets, so tune in!


Jun 28 2021

Virtual Book Tour for Her Last Breath

It’s the HER LAST BREATH virtual book tour!

June 30: Launch event with The Poisoned Pen (Scottsdale), 7:30pm Eastern/4:30 MST

July 7: Murder by the Book (Houston) in conversation with Jeff Abbott & Meg Gardiner, 7pm Eastern/8pm Central

July 8: Ben McNally Books (Toronto) in conversation with Toronto Star Books Editor Deborah Dundas, 7pm Eastern

July 22: Kew & Willow Books (NYC) in conversation with Tracy Clark, Laura McHugh, & Alex Segura, 7pm Eastern

See you soon!


Jun 25 2021

Featured in Parade Magazine!

When you write a book, you never really know how it’s going to turn out. For me that’s true of both the story and how the book lands in the world. That’s why it means so much to have HER LAST BREATH featured in Parade Magazine. Check out the full piece — they have a lot of great summer reading recommendations!

By the way, HER LAST BREATH comes out on July 1st. You’ve preordered a copy, right? Mark your calendar: the launch event is with Scottsdale’s Poisoned Pen at 7:30pm Eastern/4:30 MST on June 30th!


Jun 1 2021

HER LAST BREATH Is an Amazon First Reads Pick!

The cat is out of the bag: Her Last Breath is an Amazon First Reads pick for June!

If you know what First Reads is, you’re already smiling. If not, here’s how it works: Amazon offers readers in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia the opportunity to buy certain books a month before their publication date at a deep discount… and I mean deep. If you have Prime membership, you can download Her Last Breath for FREE on Kindle right now. Without Prime, the Kindle edition is on sale for a mere $1.99; the hardcover edition is also available for $9.99, with or without Prime membership. If you’re in the US, UK, Canada, or Australia, grab Her Last Breath while it’s on sale, because the price goes up on July first, the official publication date.

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May 31 2021

Tune in Tomorrow for First Chapter Fun!

You probably already know Hank Phillippi Ryan and Hannah Mary McKinnon are brilliant writers and wonderful people. But did you know they have been running an amazing series called First Chapter Fun for over a year? Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday to hear them read the first chapters of news and upcoming books. Tomorrow, June 1st, Her Last Breath will be the featured read! Watch live via Facebook or Instagram, or catch the replay. There will be a giveaway!