Glamor! Suspense! Treehouse!

    June 8, 2018

Really! Jayne loves hearing me

Dear Ones,

The DEAD GIRL RUNNING booktour is over but never will it be forgotten. Pal Jayne Ann Krentz (Amanda Quick) and I flew to Chicago, Phoenix, and Houston to sign at some of the best mystery bookstores in the nation. What was that like?

Jayne and I filmed the autographing at Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale AZ. The filming was done by rank amateurs (us), but entertaining if you’d like to watch us talk about writing, reading, DEAD GIRL RUNNING and THE OTHER LADY VANISHES, and real life. There’s a lot of screaming laughter and man, do I wish I’d checked the angle of the filming. Good thing I have great legs. I know that’s true because my mother once said to me, “You have great legs…and you got those from me.”

If you’d like to view photos of the whole booktour, check out this photo page on my website.

Autographed copies of DEAD GIRL RUNNING and THE OTHER LADY VANISHES (and at Poisoned Pen, other titles) are available at:

Murder By The Book
Houston TX

Blue Willow Books
Houston, TX

Katy Books
Katy, TX

Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Scottsdale, AZ

Anderson’s Bookshop
Naperville, IL

Chapters Metrotown
Vancouver, B.C.

Liberty Bay Books
Poulsbo, WA 98370

All stores ship, some internationally!

Love in the Pacific Northwest Panel and Autographing

I do have one more appearance:

Saturday, June 16, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Renton WA Public Library
There will a lively panel discussion on the joys and perils of reading and writing romance. Panelists include Jayne Ann Krentz, Cherry Adair, Tonya Burrows, Rose Lerner and moi. Afterward, you’ll have your chance to get an autographed copy of DEAD GIRL RUNNING for you and one for your dad (June 17 is Father’s Day!)

Thank you, dear friends

Thank you to everyone who attended an autographing (a couple of people drove six hours!), everyone who begged us to come to their town, who watched the video and laughed, and who loves good suspense with a touch of humor.

What am I doing now that I’m no longer living the glamorous life?

After two weeks without exercise, I returned to my weight training class and Susan, the ruthless trainer.
Owie, moan, owie.


On booktour, several people asked me about the treehouse. Bless my newsletter readers! The Husband finished the treehouse in time for our annual crawfish feed, which is a ton of work and even more fun. Luckily, all that needed to be done was to build the stair and landing railing. (Please don’t tell him I said, Only — it was an engineering and building feat.) He attached the climbing rope and the zipline, and we were all ready except for posting signs with the zipline safety rules. The party was great, a lot of guests tried the zipline, and people were up and down the ladders all evening. (More about the treehouse.)

Now we’ve settled down to enjoying the treehouse on warm days (spring in Washington state is an iffy proposition), and working. I’m writing book #3 in the Cape Charade series and The Husband is building a new vegetable garden. Yes, that’s his only project for the summer…so he says. Personally, I’m hoping for a fountain on the patio. I’ll keep you up-to-date.

One last thing. One day when I should have been working, I was reading reviews on Amazon (I know! I know!) and stumbled on this 5-star gem: “This is going to be THE summer read!…If you like plot twists, this is your book. If you like strong female leading characters, this is your book. If you like well-drawn characters and like to feel part of the setting, this is your book. If you’re the kind of person who likes to read a chapter or two a night to wind down before you go to bed, this is probably not your book, because you will get to a point where you can’t put it down…”

Thank you, Middle-of-the-Nighter, and everyone who read and enjoyed DEAD GIRL RUNNING! Until next time, happy reading!

Christina Dodd
New York Times bestselling author of
DEAD GIRL RUNNING Out now! With a bonus short story in some locations—I found it at Target but not at Fred Meyer (Kroger.)
WHAT DOESN’T KILL ME, Coming 1/29/19
“What doesn’t kill me…had better start running.”
Printable booklist
Books by Series and in Order

“Love thy neighbor. And if he happens to be tall, debonair & devastating, it will be that much easier.” —Mae West