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The Sirens of Suspense

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I’d like to take a moment to remember two fabulous women. I am honored to have known them both.




Kelli Stanley’s mother, Trish Stanley, passed away on Sunday, just a little over a month after her father, Van Stanley. Though I only knew Trish for a short time, her style, kindness and humor were infectious, and she was one of a kind. For a wonderful tribute, please see Joshua Corin’s post “Not Goodbye” on 7 Criminal Minds HERE







Diana James, wife of author Darrell James, passed away suddenly Tuesday evening of a pulmonary embolism. In addition to being a literary manager, she was a guiding force in Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. With her passing, the light and joy she always exuded will dim, but will never be forgotten by her friends, or the community.

When I last corresponded with Diana on Monday, she was putting together an event to help find a bone marrow match for Ricky Martinez, an 8 year old boy with severe aplastic anemia. Just another way she brought happiness to the world. In her memory, please go to the website Be The Match and request a test kit (which consists of a simple mouth swab) for the National Bone Marrow Donor Program.