An American author of mystery novels, she is best known for such titles as Hide and Snake Murder and Bingo Barge Murder. She also published short stories in several mystery anthologies.
She worked as a police officer before becoming a full-time writer.
She won the 2012 Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award for Bingo Barge Murder.
She married her long-time partner, Betty Chandler, in 2010.
She and Nicole Linkletter both attended St. Cloud State University.