Thanks, Jewish Book Council

…. for this very nice review, which ends …

A Mur­der Is For­ev­er is an enter­tain­ing and cap­ti­vat­ing read. Mimi’s next adven­ture will be eager­ly await­ed by Bates’s new­found fans.

While I’m not sure how many new fans I have, I am finishing up book two. (And am procrastinating from that, even as we speak.)

The reviews are in ….

First of all, as a new author, I greatly appreciate anyone who takes the time to read, and engage with, my book, and I’m particularly pleased with all the thoughtful, considered, and constructive reviews here.

Check out comments from

Readers’ Favorite

The Book Review Crew

Avonna Loves Genres

The World as I See It

Book Reviews from an Avid Reader

Scrapping and Playing

This page will be updated as more come in.

Also feel free to add your two cents on GoodReads and Amazon (paperback and e-book).

Appearance with WJA on Jan. 5

The Women’s Jewelry Association New York Metro chapter is having a special “book club” event over Zoom (of course) on Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. I will be the guest, talking about my book.

Want to sign up? Do it here!

The good gray lady talks to this old bald man

Thanks to Victoria Gomelsky for this very nice New York Times piece.

If you want to hear me go on some more, there’s another interview (and giveway!) on Cheryl Mash’s blog.

Here’s a lovely write-up in that extremely prestigious journal JCK

What an excellent publication.

They really get the scoop, I tell ya!

Thank you, Publishers Weekly.

For the nice, pull-quotable review.

My book has a cool video.

Thanks to Mr. Dan Scott for making this cool video.

My first mystery novel.

Hey everyone !’m really excited that my first mystery novel is about to be published Oct. 13 by Camel Press.

You can pre-order it on Amazon here.

It’s the first in a three-book series! Here’s the description:

Max Rosen always said the diamond business isn’t about sorting the gems, it’s about sorting the people. His daughter Mimi is about to learn that some people, like some diamonds, can have serious flaws.

Out of options—and money—unemployed journalist Mimi Rosen goes to work for her father’s gem company in New York’s Diamond District, though Mimi and her tradition-bound dad don’t always get along. 

After Mimi’s diamond-dealer cousin Yosef is murdered—seemingly for his $4 million pink diamond—Mimi finds herself in the middle of a massive conspiracy, where she doesn’t know who to trust, or what to believe. Now she must find out the truth about both the diamond and her cousin, before whoever killed Yosef, gets her.