I started writing in seventh grade at St. Mary’s Cathedral School under the tutelage of Sister Delores Marie who told me I had talent. I believed her. I started traveling at age 21. Now I combine traveling and writing.  One of my novels, “Murder in a Teacup,” placed second in the California Writers Club Jack London novel contest. Solstice Publishing has released three of my novels, “Murder Down Under,” set in Australia; “Murder Casts a Spell.” set in South Africa; and “Murder on the Seine,” set in Paris and Basque Country. I’m currently working on my sixth Lysi Weston mystery novel set in San Francisco. I’m a member of Mystery Writers of America and sit on the central board of the California Writers Club. I love reading mysteries so of course I love writing them. Visit my web site.


  1. Thanks for unravelling some of the mysteries.

  2. Thanks for unravelling some of the mysteries.

    • Hi Myrilla, Thanks for visiting my blog site. Hope to see more of you. Nancy

  3. […] Nancy at Global Mysteries – Posts fantastic factual tidbits inspired by her world travels.  It makes me crave a long journey to go out and see more of the world. […]

  4. Hi Nancy,

    Thanks so much for listing my blog!

    The CA winery post is most interesting. Have you visited any establishments that sponsor summer concerts?


  5. Thanks to you and your fellow mystery writers for doing what you do. I love a great mystery novel as much as any book, but I don’t have it in me to write one. I tried, but my brain just doesn’t grasp the mechanics of the plot structure.

    Then, I never guess the killer when I read a mystery, despite being reasonably clever in real life. I’m like the stiff inspector who is outwitted by Miss Marple every time.

    • Hello, So sorry I took so long to reply to your comment. I just didn’t know I had comments in the About Me section. I also love a great mystery that’s why it’s so much fun for me to write in this genre. Thanks for visiting Global Mysteries.

  6. I’ve been following your blog for several months now. The writing, blogging, and publishing tips have all been very helpful! I would be interested in learning about how you are using Facebook. Do you have a link to your profile?

    • My blog is linked to Facebook so when I write a post, it shows up on Facebook. I also periodically advertise my books with links to their sale pages. I try to make comments and click likes on other peoples Facebook comments. I plan to do more with Facebook when I have a bit more time. I hope this helps.

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  8. Pretty interesting Nancy.

    I’m very happy with your blog.

    I will serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland beginning in June and have been thinking about setting a mystery there. I’m not sure of the details, but I’m interested in a young Peace Corps volunteer as my amateur detective and the cross-cultural issues he will face.

    I look forward to sipping your “Murder in a Teacup” and wish you well with your current project.


    Richard-Olivier Marius

    • Hello Richard,
      My publisher has just sent me a contract for my novel, Murder
      Casts a Spell. It is set in Cape Town and the nearby township of Khayelitsha. I really enjoyed writing about this setting. I think you would find it quite fascinating to set your novel in Swaziland. I’d love to hear about some of your experiences in the Peace Corps.

      • Very exciting Nancy!

        I recently created my wordpress profile and would be glad to start sharing my experiences with Peace Corps in Swaziland. My cohort will land in Manzini on June 28. Meanwhile, I may write about my pre-departure experiences – leaving NYC and family, etc., and also submitting my various writings (academic essays and Haiku).

        Once again, thank you for the words of wisdom on your blog posts, and I look forward to start reading your works.

        Richard-O M.

  9. Richard, What is your wordpress address?

  10. I wanted to let you know that I nominated Global Mysteries for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. The other nominations and rules for participation are at http://aprobertsstories.wordpress.com/awards/super-sweet/

    • Thank you so much for nominating me. I looked for the questions and was unable to access them. I hope you can provide a little more guidance.

  11. Hi, Nancy. It was great speaking with you at the FSB reunion in Berlin. We read the Preston / Child thrillers and the Brother Cadfael series, among others. We’ll certainly try yours when we find time.
    N. C. Jones & Meriedith Clanahan.

    • It was great hearing from you. I hope we can keep in contact. I met so many nice people at our reunion. Hope you enjoy my novels as much as I enjoyed writing them. Keep in touch.

  12. Had to have one of your books, Nancy. I now have MURDER CASTS A SPELL on my Kindle. Blessings to you…

    • Carol, Thank you so much for getting one of my books. Let me know how you liked it when you finish reading it.

  13. Hi Nancy, I just finished the 4th of your books (sadly, not in order). I’m thoroughly enjoying the series and would like to chat more with you, but that’ll have to wait until later. I’ve discovered another book is available (Lethal Lesson) for Nook. I have a Kindle and usually order through Amazon, as I did for the other 4 Lysi mysteries. If I order Lethal Lesson for Nook, will I be able to read it on my Kindle? Truthfully, I rather doubt it. If not, would it be available in paper form of any kind?

    • Hi Maureen, Thank you so much for your kind comments. I’m delighted you enjoy my Lysi Weston Travel Mystery Series. I’m working on my 6th novel in the series that will be set in San Francisco. My publication goal is December, 2015. Lethal Lesson is not in print format at this point. I plan to submit it for print in a couple of weeks. It will take a few months for it to appear on Amazon. I’ll certainly let you know when it is live. If you have an iPad you can download the Nook ap and read it on your iPad or iPhone—maybe even on a smart phone. Another option is to read it on a PDF. I’d love to chat with you about my novels. Thank you again.

  14. FYI – On your about page. at the end of paragraph, the link points to: http://www.nancycurteman.com/www.nancycurteman.com

    This is a double listing of your website address and comes up as a 404 Not Found error. I actually deleted the second web address and got to your site.

    • Hi Linda,
      Thank you so much for the info on the double entry. I think I’ve fixed it. Really appreciate your help. Best, Nancy

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