When Gillian Roberts and her family (one husband, two sons) relocated from Philadelphia to Marin County in the San Francisco Bay Area, it allowed her to indulge in bi-coastal crimes. Beginning with Anthony Award winner, Caught Dead in Philadelphia
, schoolteacher Amanda Pepper has been at the center of City of Brotherly Love crimes in a dozen outings (most recently, Till the End of Tom
Meanwhile, on the left coast, in Time and Trouble and Whatever Doesn't Kill You, PI's Billie August and Emma Howe are occupied with the darker side of Northern California.
Roberts has also written a how-to for others intrigued by crime: You Can Write a Mystery, and a collection of her short stories, Where's the Harm?.
Under her given name, Judith Greber, she's written four criminally-challenged mainstream novels, Easy Answers, The Silent Partner, Mendocino and As Good as it Gets.