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Nouveau Noir

The Gamay Nouveau is here--and it’s killer.
Someone is poisoning the wine in Napa Valley, but who? Is it bioterrorism? Revenge? Industrial espionage?
Nouveau Noir tails dyslexic FBI Art Crimes agent Wynn Cabot as she travels to California in search of paintings stolen from the Napa tasting room of Domaine Laurent winery. Before she's through she's solved the mystery of who poisoned Domaine Laurent's promising release of Gamay Nouveau – and why.
Published by Level Best Books



The Bequest

A woman inherits three million dollars from a male acquaintance, but her husband can't accept it and she is forced to choose …
the husband, or the bequest?

Joan's play, Bequest, was chosen as the best of 39 entries. Bequest is " layered, developed, complex, intense and psychologically astute...altogether brilliant!" - Final Judge, British screenwriter, Dr Helen Jacey.

Yuyuan Market

The Pig Cage

An American tourist, desperate to travel in Shanghai, loses her passport and must evade the Chinese and American authorities - or be arrested as a spy.

Stealing First

Co-written with Cynthia Drew – One of Story Pros’ Top 3 Scripts 2008 Family/Teen Division; Quarterfinalist, 2008 Page Awards(family drama); 2008 finalist,

In the 1950’s South, a white teenager recruits a black coach to lead his ragtag baseball team to the championship.

Stage Plays

Welcome to Texas

Not Quite Heaven

3rd Place Winner, McLaren National Comedy Contest (full-length, comedy)

Divorced loner Jack vows to sit on a billboard until the town council hears his argument for a stop light – but the mayor, who’s also Jack’s ex-wife, wants him down.

Phoenix Tattoo

Two teenage girls meet up with a tattoo artist and find that many of life’s choices leave permanent marks.