a new murder mystery starring the Raging Grannies at BookShop SC

cover, An UnConventional Murder

The fictional (though very actual) Santa Cruz Raging Grannies are hosting an “UnConvention,” a biennial international gathering of Grannies from the U.S., Canada, Japan, and wherever old women get together to rage about war and injustice. All goes well until one of the Granny’s sons (a well-known Santa Cruz character) is falsely arrested for murder, and the gaggle is determined to find the real killer. Meanwhile, the famous activist who is the keynote speaker at the UnCon, encourages the Grannies to turn the event into a massive demonstration against “fracking”–which leads to a huge, colorful female invasion of the town, whereupon things get very crowded–and extremely dangerous for the Grannies.

Like the first book in this two-volume series, “Dangerous Women,” the novel is a wacky love song to Santa Cruz and all its diverse and wonderful denizens. Please come and enjoy the songs of the (actual) Grannies and hear some pertinent passages of the book!

Brownie With the Light Blue Jeans

(Sung to the tune of “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair”

I dream of Brownie with the light blue jeans
He’s been our gov’nor since his early teens
But now, he’s graying and he’s lost his way
Plans to send our water down to dry LA.

Precious is our Delta
where rivers make our soil
richer than the southland
where all they have is oil.

I say to Brownie with your mind so-o keen,
Don’t drain our rivers, keep our Delta green.
Don’t spoil our wetlands, keep our meadows pure
Tunneling beneath them would be wrong for sure!

Can’t you hear the cries of our farmers and our fish?
Nature gave them water–all they could wish.

Oh, Brownie can you not recall your roots?
Are you tied with corporate Ag in foul ca-a-hoots?

The Central American Children: Don’t Shut Them Out!

Sung to the tune of “Don’t Fence Me In”

Their parents kissed them goodby, sent them off with hope and tears Don’t shut them out!
They braved mountains and deserts, alone with all their fears 
Don’t shut them out!
They are kids who’ve survived many mortal dangers
Come to us with trust, though we are total strangers
Welcome and embrace them, be the new game-changers
Don’t shut them out!

Don’t close your heart,
Just remembers all the hist’ry we Americans hold dear
Give them a start, like our own courageous folks
who looked for sanctuary here!

These precious children are threatened with murder every day
Don’t shut them out!
They’re the best, passed the test, now it’s time to let them stay
Don’t shut them out!

If we send them back home where we know they’ll perish
We’ll lose some friends and neighbors we could love and cherish
We have enough for children, and it’s time to share, so
Don’t shut them out!