A suitably eerie photo for an evening of . . . murder! Photo by Denise "Cupcake" Vazquez.

It was a dark and stormy night . . . when I read at KGB Bar in Manhattan, along with the great writers Kira Peikoff (Living Proof), Sheila York (A Good Knife’s Work), and Bruce DeSilva (Rogue Island), as part of An Evening with Edgar® Award Mystery Writers. I read a brief excerpt from my short story “Hurricane” (also “Juracán, which is available now for free on Smashwords and is also part of the Roachkiller and Other Stories collection, which just came out.) Sponsored by the NYC Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, the reading launched this year’s Mystery Week in New York, which celebrates the 66th anniversary of the Edgar® Awards. Thanks to the fun crowd who braved the cold spring rains. Despite the wishes of some of my Facebook friends, I kept my pants on during the reading.