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I’m thrilled to announce several exciting projects:
A new mystery is on the way, set in Charlotte and with new characters that Avery fans will enjoy. While you’re waiting, visit the Crime Files tab for historic crime cases that will play a role in the new book.
CREATE! Developing Your Creative Process—popular as a workshop—is about to appear in another format.
And in some out-of-the-box projects, I’ve been creating an online learning platform and teaching jail inmates how to start their own businesses.

To get updates, visit the Contact tab and I’ll be in touch!
Click the button below for a printable list of books and other information.


The first Avery Andrews novel, Southern Fried, won the St. Martin’s Minotaur/Malice Domestic Award for Best New Traditional Mystery. Romantic Times BookClub magazine reviewers

Cathy Pickens has been, under different names, a lawyer, a business professor, a university provost, a clog-dancing coach, a church organist/choir director, and

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