Murder, She Wrote. Jessica Fletcher Comes to NYC at Christmastime


New York City dazzles in December with lights, ribbons, carols and jingles. And then there’s this:

Manhattans and Murder is the Murder, She Wrote novel I co-wrote with Donald Bain, my father. I’ve written several with him and this was the second in the series–and now there are 42 novels. And all the novels I wrote with him are still in print and selling strong.

Manhattans and Murder is a great read for those who love a little mystery, a little Jessica and a little NYC at Christmastime.  Jessica comes to Manhattan for a visit and guess what happens? She also visits Sea Cliff, the sweet town on the Long Island Sound where I lived at the time I wrote the scene. It’s about 25 miles from Manhattan.

So, if you feel like a little Christmas, a little mystery and a little New York City, cozy up with this cozy mystery! Oh, and this novel came out awhile ago, but was reissued more recently. How do you like them apples? Also, I have two engagements coming up after the holidays where I’ll be speaking about writing the books, as well as my other writing. I’ll fill you in, so stay tuned.

Thanks, spread the love this holiday. Make it  good day and a better day for someone else. Especially your children and grandchildren 🙂

Top Ten Spots for Kids in New York City

Got kids? New York City hearts kids! Here are my picks for the top ten best spots. I wrote this piece for travelmuse several years back but it is evergreen (for the most part.) Note: I would certainly add a couple more spots like the 9/11 museum and High Line (although not for little kids, best for tweens and teens.)


NY Yankees Baseball on Deck

So, you’ve been staring out the window all winter. And now, finally, the Yankees are on deck to open their 2014 season on Tuesday!! Shovel those snowballs, get those dogs on the grill, time to play ball after an epic winter. New Yorkers love their Yankees and the Yanks love ‘em back. Play ball!

Cyber Monday Travel Deals

You only have a couple more hours until midnight to grab a great cyber travel deal for New
York City’s Jade Hotel in Greenwich Village or the Roosevelt Hotel in midtown. I wrote about the deals in this CNN article–and you’ll find lots of other great travel deals, too! Happy travels!

Fourth of July in New York City

Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Isl...
Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island, Manhattan, in New York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Somebody’s fabulous! The biggest socialite in town will make a huge spash tomorrow! Lady Liberty, damaged by big, bad Sandy, will reopen tomorrow for America’s birthday!

The City is fabulous on the Fourth–and all summer. Check out some ideas for where to eat, stay and play while in town.

Splash! New York City in the Rain


Yup, it’s another rainy day. And it’s Memorial Day weekend. And the kids are chomping at the bit. Here are some ideas for where to stay high and dry, including family-friendly restaurants to take shelter–as well as ideas for parks and outdoors spots where the kiddies can jump in puddles and do what New Yorkers do on rainy days. Cope with style.

Brewski in NYC

Eataly beer garden
Eataly beer garden (Photo credit: Tim Rodenberg)


NYC has become big with brewskis with more than 50 beer “gardens.” La Birreria on the roof of Eataly ( is a hot spot for a cold one. So is Chelsea Brewing Company–throw back one of 25 hand-crafted beers and you can tour the brewery, too ( And in Astoria, Queens, the 100-year-old-plus Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden ( is spot on for oompah bands, knockwurst and pitchers of foamy beer.


Want more fabulous tips for exploring NYC on a sunsational day like today this spring? Here you go!