Signings and events

Author Slam, Sat., Nov. 8, 2014

Mystery to Me bookstore in Madison. I’m on at 5 p.m. Free fudge!

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Launch Party June 8th

You’re invited to a launch party!

Hot Fudge Frame-Up coverJoin me at the launch party for Hot Fudge Frame-Up.

It’s Book 2 in my bestseller* Fudge Shop Mystery Series starring Ava Oosterling and her Grandpa Gil, or “Gilpa” as she calls him. They’re two Belgians with a bad habit of finding bodies.

The party is at Mystery to Me Bookstore, 1863 Monroe St., Madison, on Sunday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m.

I’ll have a Fairy Tale Fudge Flavor to try, I’ll read a couple of pages from my new book, and we’ll add some roses for door prizes along with a few other items relating to my series set in Door County.


Do you love lighthouses?

The Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Door County was chosen by the Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival Association to receive its honored spotlight for this summer. That lighthouse plays significantly in Hot Fudge Frame-Up.

LighthouseAt the launch party, I’ll tell you all about the lighthouse and the “murder tour” that I received by the wonderful docents last year. Bring your lighthouse stories to share!

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Writing the New Poirot

Sat., Oct. 26, 2013
10:30-11:30 a.m., Lake Geneva Library
Lake Geneva, Wis.
Christine DeSmet and Michelle Caffrey talk about “Writing the New Poirot—From Brussels, Belgium to Brussels, Wisconsin by Way of Lake Geneva.”
Free fudge. Book signing/sale benefits library.

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My launch party was sweet—just like the fudge!

First-Degree Fudge, the first book in my new Fudge Shop Mystery Series from Penguin Random House, was launched Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 at the Mystery to Me independent bookstore on Monroe Street in Madison.

Mystery to Me bookstore—sweet venue

The new store, owned and managed by Joanne Berg, was a perfect venue for my launch party. Joanne used to work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I work as a writing teacher, so it was fun seeing her step into this new gig. She’s gracious and helpful beyond compare; if you’re an author or reader, don’t miss visiting this store, now painted a pretty bright green color inside.

Joanne sells all kinds of books, not just mysteries. She also stocks children’s books. There’s plenty of space for reader and writer groups to meet there, too.

Kilwin’s fudge store helped with my launch

The fudge was free at the party, including some of my homemade recipes from the new book, First-Degree Fudge. I also provided nifty flavors from Kilwin’s fudge shop on State Street in Madison. Please stop by Curtis Diller’s store. It’s right across from the Overture Center for the Arts. Look for the copper kettles in Curtis’s front window; he’s there this fall whipping up fresh candied apples.

And guess what? Curtis is selling copies of First-Degree Fudge at his store. Pick up a book, yummy fudge, and other chocolate candies for gifts.

Thank you for attending the launch party

It was an emotional time for me. Selling my series and writing the first book has been a true labor of love, but also a real whirlwind of hard work over the last two years. I couldn’t have done it without tons of support from many people.

It was fantastic to have my better half, Bob Boetzer, at the launch along with a few neighbors.

And one of my brothers, Curt DeSmet, and his wife Deb, drove in from Hollandale to attend. They bought books for their entire family.

My screenwriting partner, good friend, and a fellow mystery writer, Peggy Williams, took photos galore for me.

My colleague Laurie Scheer and her father Roy also attended, with flowers in hand.

What beautiful friends, colleagues, and family I have! Thank you!

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