My most recent piece for the LA Times was about Hobart, Tasmania – an island state of Australia that has a dark history, a largely unexplored landmass, a strange underground museum that’s world-class, and even a strange creature… http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-tasmania-museum-wine-20181019-story.html
I recently found out about a hidden triple death in a cool-looking building in my neighborhood – read all about that here: https://gourmetghosts.com/2018/08/30/extra-my-unexpected-triple-killing/
I also wrote a piece for the BBC about the bizarre sport of trugo, which is only played in Melbourne, Australia. I found out about it a few years ago, joined the Yarraville club, and practice with them on my yearly visits. It’s a great story – read it! https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-45326460
I also spent a weekend recently learning everything there is to know about California avocados – and I became quite a convert! Read about it here.
Every month, I am the host of the “True Crime Tuesdays” book club at the fantastic Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. – check out the “Events” tab on their site. Below is the fab “murder board” that Eric, the organizer, put together for us….
Also, I recently attended the Left Coast Crime conference in Sparks, Nevada. It was freezing cold up in the Eastern Sierra Mountains, but utterly beautiful. I saw some unusual ghostly sights on the journey too….