The Future

At the end of 2013 I started Red Collar Books with the hope of becoming a small press to publish other’s books and such. Well, self-publishing took off and everyone can do that without any help from me. Yay for us. I started my own writing journey long before 2013 and have seen many changes in the industry, most of it good. Lately, some of the shenanigans within the community has left a sour taste in my mouth, making me question what I’m doing and how I can survive it all. I’ve taken a major step back to reassess my place in this writing world. It’s taken me almost three years to finally feel something like hope — I was ready to give it up altogether. But since I’m a writer first and a publisher second, I had to go back to my roots and dig around for the reason I started this journey to begin with. All that said, I’m in a mindset right now that is ultra protective of that smidgen of writer’s hope, and I will go to the mattresses to keep it safe. I don’t know what that means for this website. It may disappear when my domain is up for renewal. The domain will remain but the website may not. I’ve already trashed a pen name, but the stories I wrote under that name will probably reappear, expanded into full length novels and under my own name. For now, that’s all I can muster. After 2014 I took a beating, but I refuse to let publishing, regardless of the path, destroy my love of writing.

Thanks for all those who have read my books and supported me. It’s been an interesting journey. Now, where’s my tshirt?



The next installment in the Ricki Rydell mystery series is coming. Here is the cover and description.


When Ricki is invited to appear on a new regional talk show to promote her latest book, she declines, of course. After coming face-to-face with a killer while working on her first case, all she wants is to go back to living a normal life, and that doesn’t include public appearances. But her agent and publisher have other plans and insist that she does the interview.

On the day of the show, the host turns up missing. Once again, Ricki finds herself investigating a murder. This time, things are personal. Old friends and lovers come back into her life. A saboteur lurks in shadow, wreaking havoc on Ricki’s career by leaking embarrassing details of her private life. What’s more, she was the last person to see the victim alive. Things are looking bad for Ricki unless she can find the real murderer before she’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit.

WAKE UP TO MURDER is available for pre-order right now!

Ricki Rydell book 2

Hey, Abby Matthews here. Just wanted to give you a quick update. Life has been busy lately, but I haven’t forgot about the second book in the Ricki Rydell mysteries. I’m outlining it as we speak, er, type. Stay tuned for more information. 🙂

Introducing Abby Matthews!

The first book in the Ricki Rydell cozy mystery series is here. Exclusive to Amazon for a short time which means it’s available on Kindle Unlimited. Yay.

If you love mysteries. If you love libraries. If you love mysteries set in libraries, Checked Out is for you.

Amazon: US UK CA


When bored romance writer, Ricki Rydell, discovers a body in the bathroom of the Unionville Public Library, she jumps at the chance to solve the mystery behind the woman’s death.

No one in Unionville had nice things to say about the victim when she was alive, but now that she’s dead everyone is hush-hush, sort of like they’re hiding something. While the living may have stopped talking, the deceased certainly hasn’t. The victim left behind a trail of cryptic clues leading Ricki to a seedier side of her beloved hometown and its residents.

Feeling she’s in over her head, Ricki longs for her boring old life as a reclusive writer. But it’s too late to back out now, especially after receiving a death threat telling her to stop the investigation or else she’s next. Now, she has to solve a murder and save herself before it’s too late.