Happy New Year! (from the dogs)

For our Christmas present (only one of many, we hope), the lady who feeds us (known to you as Alafair Burke) let us take over her blog.  Oh, and “us” means Frannie and Double Double and Frannie (correction by Double).  And since you are friends with the lady, you already know who we are.  Some people call us “her” dogs, but we don’t see the need for spec-ist labels.

Anyhoo, we were thankful this year to have found each other.  Even though we were both cool chillin’ on our own, we are totally boss as a combo since Frannie moved to NYC from Anguilla in April.  We plan ways to sneak on the sofa when no one is looking, wrestle 24/7, and absolutely rule at doggy daycare.  Proving our mad mutual respect, we even recognize each other’s food boundaries.  (Click on this adorable VIDEO for proof of how good we are.  We hope to go viral and be famous.)

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What else, what else?  Oh, we are also proud of the lady who feeds us for publishing TWO books in ONE year during 2014.  It’s the first time she has ever done that, and we think it’s because she now has the two of us.  ALL DAY AND A NIGHT is the fifth in her Ellie Hatcher series.  And THE CINDERELLA MURDER is co-authored with Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark.  MHC called us adorable, so we really love her.


Now, the real reason we wanted to take over the newsletter.  We have outfits!  Don’t we look amazing?!  One step further in our efforts to be famous.  (Note from Frannie: Double is the only one who wants elaborate wardrobes and notoriety.  I prefer to be naked and unknown.)

Finally, we promised Alafair that we would wish you a happy, healthy, celebratory holiday season.  And to tell you how much she appreciates your support throughout the year.


Double and Frannie (and Alafair)

THE CINDERELLA MURDER is out November 18!

I’m delighted to report that my first co-authored novel, with Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark, will be out November 18.

cinderellaMary and I had so much fun working together, and, according to early praise, we did a nice job:

“The snappy pace, layered characters, and many plot surprises will keep readers guessing in this fascinating mystery by two talented writers.”- Booklist

“The team behind Clark’s reality TV show Under Suspicion returns to dramatize—all right, solve—another cold case, with welcome help from co-author Alafair Burke…Burke brings a sharp legal eye to the proceedings. …[W]ill satisfy Clark’s legion of fans and may well win her some new ones.”- Kirkus Review

“A dynamic new author duo* adds new verve to a classic.”- Barnes & Noble

If you’re interested in purchasing a signed copy of the book, you can do so through Book Revue in Huntington.

You can also pre-order from your favorite retailer.

I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of The Cinderella Murder!

Dogs, books, and costumes!

The main October distraction for Frannie and Double from the usual cycle of wrestling, sleeping, and eating was for Halloween preparations.  Frannie may never forgive Double for this idea, but he was determined to have the best doggie-couple costume in New York City.  May the treats be with them.


When they are not causing trouble or dressing like movie characters, Double and Frannie are always up for a good book.  Here, Double (quite near sighted, isn’t he?) is reading THE CINDERELLA MURDER to Frannie, fresh off the presses.  This is the first book in a series co-authored with “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark.  The star of the series is Laurie Moran, the producer of “Under Suspicion,” a television show that reinvestigates cold cases.  If Double had thumbs that could turn pages, he’d tell you it was a real page turner!