Comings and Goings

dianeA fond farewell to Diane Vallere, who is leaving the blog at the end of December. She has been a Mysterista from the beginning, when we were a Twitter Chat group (!), and we will miss her very much. Please join us in wishing her the best, and keep up with Diane’s activities over at her website: Also be on the lookout for her Costume Shop mysteries, coming out in February!



And please welcome our newest Mysteristas–look for their first posts in January:

Kate Lansing writes cozy mysteries and short fiction. She is an award-winning short story author whose work has appeared in the Brave New Girls Anthology and the Crossing Colfax Anthology. She grew up in the Rocky Mountains where she shared a backyard with black bears, mountain lions, and elk, to which she attributes her active imagination and love for story-telling. She works as a statistical analyst and currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and a chair-napping tabby cat named Maple.

pegbrantleyPeg Brantley spent over 25 years in corporate America, many of them running her own businesses. At any given time she could have helped you finance some real estate or sold you a bag of popcorn or a tube of lipstick. She’s unabashedly happy to have those years behind her. A Colorado native, she and her husband (who wishes she wrote romance rather than thrillers) make their home southeast of Denver, where they have shared their space with the occasional pair of mallard ducks named Raymond and Deborah and their ducklings, snapping turtles, peacocks, assorted other birds, foxes, a deer named Cedric, and a bichon named McKenzie. You can find her at,,, and on Twitter at @PegBrantley.

beckyclarkBecky Clark is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them, too. Her newest titles are Banana Bamboozle and Marshmallow Mayhem. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books. Ordinary people who are thrust into chaos, usually involving murder, are her favorite characters to write. Find out Becky’s least favorite words and subscribe to her newsletter to win cool stuff, at


12 thoughts on “Comings and Goings”

  1. Throwing confetti with wild abandon in celebration of Kate, Becky, and Peg joining us! Welcome, one and all. We’re so glad you’re here.

    And wiping away tears about Diane leaving us! (But you have one more post in December, so I’ll try to pull it together until then…)

    ps: Becky, I want a pillbox hat now too!


  2. Diane, I will miss you here on the blog, but I’m looking forward to reading tons of new Vallere books! Kate, Becky, and Peg, I’m tossing confetti and sipping on cyber champagne to welcome you. Looking forward to your posts.


  3. I’ve heard so much about Diane I kind of wish there were more bloggable days during the week and she stayed while we squeezed in.

    Thanks, everyone, for your open arms and *spit* confetti. It means a lot.


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