Let’s Talk with Debra H Goldstein

New Kid on the Blog

by Debra H Goldstein

Do you remember being the new kid at school? You weren’t sure how to get around the building. You were sure your mother sent you to school in an outfit none of the other kids would be caught dead in. You were petrified no one would ask you to sit with them at lunch or, if someone did, it would be the school nerd. That’s how I feel today.

I’m the new kid on the blog. My stomach is tied in knots. Partly because I’m shy, but mostly, because I’m in awe of the other writers on this blog. They all write books I enjoy reading – in fact, I read some of their works before I ever met them.

The first time I saw Maggie, she was a panelist at Murder in the Magic City, which I was attending as a reader. She impressed me so much, I bought her book. I got to know Nancy during a Sleuthfest luncheon and then attended one of her workshops. I came home with two of her Bad Hair Day books. Diane moderated a panel I was on a few years ago and I got to reciprocate the favor the following year at Sleuthfest. And yes, more books for my TBR shelf. I honestly can’t recall which conference I met Cheryl at, but it doesn’t matter because I’d already read the first few books in her Glass Shop Mystery series. I know exactly when I met Terry. It was at Killer Nashville and she was up for an award for an anthology. She won, beating the likes of Laurie King and Jeff Deaver.

Even though I can be described by the words judge, lawyer, wife, mother of four – including twins, author, and civic volunteer, writing today’s blog, I have the same butterflies as my protagonist, Sarah Blair, when she thinks about cooking in One Taste Too Many, the first book in my new Kensington cozy series.

One Taste Too ManyFor culinary challenged Sarah Blair, there’s only one thing scarier than cooking from scratch—murder!

Sarah knew starting over would be messy. But things fall apart completely when her ex drops dead, seemingly poisoned by her twin sister’s award-winning rhubarb crisp. Now, with RahRah, her Siamese cat, wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage and her sister wanted by the police for murder, Sarah needs to figure out the right recipe to crack the case before time runs out. Unfortunately, for a gal whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worse than death—being in the kitchen!

Please welcome me by leaving a comment about the kind of things that scare you or make you nervous. To say thanks, I’ll send one commentator a copy of One Taste Too Many or, if preferred, 2012 IPPY award winning Maze in Blue, a mystery on the University of Michigan’s campus in the 1970’s, or Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery.


  1. Congratulations on your new series, and finding a good seat on the Bench.

  2. Smart people on this bench to offer a place to Debra! Your name looks good there, Debra.

  3. People in costumes where you can’t see their faces make me nervous. New situations and having to find my way to places by myself.

  4. Debra, we are excited to have YOU here! So send those butterflies packing. 🙂 And welcome to a different kind of bench, LOL (you saw what I did there!).

  5. Maggie Toussaint says

    Hi Debra, We are so honored to have you join us on Booklover’s Bench. I think all of your careers and interests have contributed to the things I love best about you: the core competence, the warm heart, the fairness, the mental quickness, the word choices, the hospitality, the maternal compassion, the generosity of your time, and last but not least, friendship. Set those butterflies free and rest assured this is a mutual admiration society! Maggie

  6. Welcome to the Bench, Debra! It is an honor to have you join us. What makes me nervous? Lots of things! I tend to be a worrier, imagining problems that don’t exist. Today I’m going for my mammogram and hoping all turns out okay. So consider this a reminder to all you women out there to get your annual exams. Otherwise, here’s hoping to good times ahead with our newest members, who bring fresh ideas and different perspectives to our group. We welcome your contributions.

  7. cherylhollon says

    Hi Debra! So delighted to welcome you as the new kid. Let me show you where the library is and also there’s a quiet spot near the back door of the cafeteria. Will you be my new best friend?