Creating Miriam Lipsky

If you’ve read my new cozy novel, Murder at the River Bend Retirement Resort, then you know it is in part a character study. The reader sees the world through Miriam Lipsky’s eyes and reads her thoughts. Writing a mystery through the eyes of a single character creates a number of challenges for a writer. The reader can only know what Miriam sees, hears, and feels. Yet, she’s an amateur sleuth who constantly guesses wrong when she relies on her gut feelings. She’s not even sure how reliability her radar is when she thinks she detects interest on the part of men. She’s been out of the dating game so long that her radar is out of date, particularly in the new world of dating that faces anyone who has been married for a number of years and is just now returning to the dating scene.

Miriam has differences with her adult daughter when it comes to modern dating practices. She also has problems with her daughter’s choice in men. Readers experience Miriam’s feelings when her rabbi strong-arms her into an arranged date with a member of her congregation.

If finding a killer isn’t hard enough for a rank amateur, it’s even harder when it comes to sifting through the various accounts Miriam receives from residents of the River Bend Retirement Resort. Some appear to mean well and want to help, but they don’t see as well as they did when they were younger and, perhaps, some now suffer from dementia.

Miriam is strong, resourceful, and courageous, and I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her better.


Return of the Amateur Sleuth–Oh Vey!

This week my latest book, Murder at the River Bend Retirement Resort, will appear on Amazon and be available in both paperback and ebook versions. Miriam Lipsky is a 55-year old Jewish widow who lives with her divorced daughter and her autistic grandson. When her friend is accused of murdering a resident of a very upscale Jewish retirement home, she springs into action. While Miriam has published mystery novels, she’s a rank amateur when it comes to finding killers, and that’s what makes the book fun to write and, I hope, fun to read.

Miriam must juggle her divorced daughter and her tendency to always choose the wrong man, a best friend’s overly friendly husband, and a pushy rabbi who insists she allow him to fix her up with a member of his congregation. On top of all this, she finds it difficult to pry information out of the retirement home’s residents. When they do tell her what they saw, she finds some of the might have imagined everything. On top of all this, Miriam must grapple with a stalker. Just when she’s sure she’ll never love anyone again, love comes into her life from an unexpected source.

I think  you’ll enjoy the book. If you do, this might be the first of a series of Miriam Lipsky cosy mysteries. Only you can help me decide.