This summer on June 7, Level Best Books will be launching two books on the same day. One is The Navigator’s Daughter by Nancy Cole Silverman, and the other is my first Art Center Mystery, Death in a Pale Hue. 

At first glance, Nancy and I are so different. She lives in Los Angeles and has had a career in radio. I live in the small Midwest town of Monmouth and had a career as a high school and college teacher. But we both love mysteries and began writing them after a career in a different arena. If you’d like to learn more about Nancy, here is her website:

Her mystery, The Navigator’s Daughter, sounds like a wonderful, modern-day mystery with a hint of secrets buried in the past of WWII. Here’s a description of her book:


Getting caught in the middle of an international art theft ring wasn’t supposed to be part of the deal Kat Lawson made with her dying father. But when her father receives a mysterious letter informing the former WW2 navigator/bombardier that his downed B-24 has been found and asking him to come to Hungary, Kat suspects this is all part of some senior rip-off scam. Her father insists she goes, not only to photograph the final resting place of his plane but also to find the mother and son who risked their lives to rescue him and hid him in a cave beneath an old Roman fortress. Kat’s trip uncovers not only the secrets of the cave where her father hid and of those who rescued him but a secret that will forever change the direction of her life—that is—if she can get home safely.

Publication Date: June 7, 2022 Publisher: Level Best Books Format: Print and digital Name of Series: Kat Lawson Number in Series: #1Genre: Traditional Mystery Author Website:

About the author After twenty-five years in NewsTalk radio, Nancy Cole Silverman retired to write fiction. Her Carol Childs Mysteries features a single mom whose day job as a reporter at an LA radio station often leads to long nights solving crimes. Her Misty Dawn series is centered on An aging Hollywood Psychic to the Stars, who supplements her day-to-day activities as a consultant to LAPD. Silverman’s newest work, The Navigator’s Daughter, is scheduled for release June 2022. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a thoroughly pampered standard poodle.


The same day, June 7, my own first Art Center book will launch from the same publisher. Here’s my own cover for it (the publisher will provide theirs soon), and a description.


Who knew going home could be deadly? I will show them success. Artist Jill Madison repeats this mantra when she returns to her small hometown to restart her life. Hired to manage a new community art center, she vows to make it successful so the people of her town will have what she did not have—an education in the arts. She no sooner accepts the job than a burglar makes off with an expensive sculpture and an uninvited corpse is discovered in the basement. Even worse, the body belongs to someone Jill knew…well. How will she keep her job, run her first big event, and escape a killer who plans to paint her out of the picture permanently?

Publication Date: June 7, 2022 Publisher: Level Best Books  Format: Print & Digital Name of Series: The Art Center Mysteries Number in Series: #1 Genre: Traditional Mystery



Two new mysteries to whet your appetite coming out June 7.