CJ Verburg is an award-winning playwright and director and the author of best-selling books including 5 international anthologies (Bedford/St. Martin’s). She wrote her first prize-winning play at 16 and her second, a full-length rock musical, in 1968. As a Cape Codder for 15+ years, she helped found the Provincetown Playwrights’ Lab and headed theater companies in Provincetown, Bourne, and Cotuit. Meanwhile, as a freelance science editor and writer, she worked on projects from Powers of Ten (Scientific American Library) to Ghosts in the Mind’s Machine (Norton). Her multimedia memoir Edward Gorey Plays Cape Cod, and her Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod mystery series (starting with Croaked and Zapped), grew out of her long collaboration on theatrical and other adventures with her neighbor and friend, the artist and author Edward Gorey. Verburg’s plays include The Whistling Pig, Lady Day in Love, and Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians (winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival). Her Cory Goodwin mystery series (starting with Silent Night Violent Night and Another Number for the Road) stars the international journalist daughter of Rex Stout’s NY private eye Archie Goodwin.
In college they were rebel artists. Now Cory Goodwin's a Boston journalist, and Lilah Darnell Easton's a wealthy publisher's wife. Sniffing for a scoop at Bruce Easton's posh Christmas party, Cory uncovers frictions and rivalries among the guests which erupt into a string of nasty pranks. But when a blizzard traps everyone overnight, and the pranks turn fatal, it's up to Cory to stop the culprit.