The third in my Howard County Mysteries series, Ice on the Bay, is in the works. During one of the coldest winters in Maryland history, Detective Lieutenant Rick Peller takes a new look at an old missing persons case, Detective Sergeant Corina Montufar investigates an arson that impossibly looks to be the handiwork of a man currently serving time, and Detective Sergeant Eric Dumas follows the trail of a killer, only to find that the deceased had a long list of enemies he had cheated and blackmailed.
Also in the works: Space Operatic, an SF/humor novel featuring a hapless opera company trying to make it big in the outer fringes of our solar system. Opera company owner Roberto Maccarone struggles against the combined forces of a heartless Culture Minister, a power mad mining company executive, oppressed miners bent on sabotage, a rebellious board member scheming to return the opera company to the inner solar system, and just plain bad luck. And all he wants to do is stage a great performance in the greatest theater in the solar system. How hard could that be?
A completely different mystery novel waits in the wings: The Baha’i Lady, features, well, yeah, a Baha’i lady as the unofficial assistant to the local police chief in a small Midwestern town. I haven’t worked on it for quite awhile, but I’ll return to it some day.