"Murder on the Commons,” the fourth book in the Davies and West mystery series, will be released shortly. To all my readers who have written to ask where it was, please accept my apologies. It wasn’t writer's block. It was cancer.
Two and a half years ago, I was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of bone marrow cancer. I went through three different cycles of chemotherapy, only to have the cancer return. The last resort was stem cell replacement, completed at the end of February. Cancer, as they say, is not for sissies, and stem cell replacement even less so: a grueling month in hospital, sicker that I believed possible.
But it seems to have been successful. The latest scan shows no sign of the cancer but, of course, time will tell. Over the months, I learned a lot about patience and gratitude. Patience because cancer is mostly about waiting—for appointments, for tests and scans, for treatment, for results—and then repeat. Gratitude because I have learned to depend upon the kindness, caring, and encouragement of friends, family, and utter strangers.
It’s been quite a journey…and there is still a long way to go. To all of you who have written, thank you.
Meanwhile, enjoy “Murder on the Commons” and let me hear from you!
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