“Rother is the next Ann Rule.” -- NYT bestselling author Gregg Olsen
“A suspicious headline-making death proves to be only the beginning as Rother unlocked the door of this real-life mansion of horrors to reveal a shocking true story of money, power, duplicity and scandal.”
-- NYT bestselling author Michael Fleeman
“With a journalist's eye for the telling details of life, Caitlin Rother is a keen architect of the most important part of storytelling: character. The people in her prose grip you tightly with their truth.”
-- NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly
“Secrets, Lies, and Shoelaces is a terrific piece of writing--inward looking, vulnerable, reflective, wise, profoundly sad, with an uplifting sendoff.” -- Author Craig Lancaster
Caitlin Rother has written or co-authored 14 books and several Kindle ebooks, and has several titles in the pipeline. As a Pulitzer-nominated investigative journalist, Rother worked nearly 20 years for daily newspapers. Now, drawing from decades of watchdog reporting on topics ranging from addiction to suicide, mental illness, murder, government and political corruption, she writes books full-time. Appearing regularly on TV and radio as a true crime expert, Caitlin is a popular speaker and narrative non-fiction instructor. She also helps first-time authors and aspiring authors as a coach to write, research and promote their books during these challenging times of COVID-19. She also works as a research consultant. In her spare time, you might find her ocean swimming, or singing and playing keyboards in the acoustic group, breakingthecode. Read on to learn about her latest titles, her backlist, videos, podcasts -- and more. Click around and explore the photo galleries!
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Caitlin works simultaneously on multiple book projects, which take off like planes on a runway. Next up:
1) "DEATH ON OCEAN BOULEVARD: Inside the Coronado Mansion Case": Many locals call the death case of Rebecca Zahau "the Coronado mansion murder," despite the sheriff's department's findings that Rebecca committed suicide at the Spreckels Mansion. A jury in civil court agreed, finding Adam Shacknai, her boyfriend's brother, responsible for her "wrongful death." The Zahau family believes Rebecca was murdered, but Shacknai contends he is wrongly accused. As he fights to clear his name, the Zahau family continues to push for the Medical Examiner's Office to change the cause and manner of death to homicide by manual strangulation, and for the criminal case to be re-opened and re-investigated as a murder. Caitlin, whose husband committed suicide by hanging, gives readers a personal, but objective look at the evidence and theories in this case.
(Pub date: April 27, 2021)
2) The McStay family -- Joseph and his wife Summer, and their two young sons, Joseph Jr. and Gianni, went mysteriously missing from their house in Fallbrook, California, in February 2010. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSD) investigated their disappearance as a missing persons' case for months, after finding no blood or any physical evidence of foul play in the house. However, the circumstances were certainly suspicious: eggs were left out on the counter, a half-eaten apple on the stairs and a bowl of popcorn on the futon, indicating they left in a hurry, yet their family had no idea where they were. The SDSD let the case go cold, deciding the McStays had gone to Mexico, even though there was no activity on their credit cards. Three years later, their bodies were tragically discovered in the desert of San Bernardino County -- with holes in their skulls, along with a hammer consistent with the injuries, and Summer's pants pulled half off. A year after that, Joseph's business partner, Charles "Chase" Merritt, was arrested for their murders, but maintained his innocence. After many twists and turns in the case, a revolving door of different defense attorneys, and a protracted trial, Merritt was found guilty and, after more delays, sentenced to death. Nonetheless, some people still believe Merritt was wrongly convicted and have raised questions about holes in the prosecution's case, believing that other people either helped or were entirely responsible for the McStays' deaths. For one, three different DNA profiles were found in the graves -- one on the cord tied around Joseph's remains, and one on each of Summer's bra cups, yet none of the profiles matched Merritt's. Was this the work of a drug cartel, a child molester, or a former business associate, or did prosecutors send the right man to prison?
3) DOPAMINE FIX: A sequel to Caitlin's first mystery novel, NAKED ADDICTION, follows the sexy and intelligent homicide detective Ken Goode as he investigates two suspicious deaths of a plastic surgeon and his daughter, who run a biotech company that is developing a new sex drug. This book takes another look at the underbelly of the wealthy enclave of La Jolla, California. To be published by WildBlue Press in 2021.
STOP THE WORLD: Snapshots From a Pandemic
Caitlin is honored to be one of 40 authors, from 10 countries, to be invited to publish personal essays, stories and poems in this anthology, which represents this historic and devastating crisis in modern times. In her essay, titled, "Carpe Diem," Caitlin writes about the challenges of isolation while in a committed relationship with a partner that has a separate residence, and all the moments of conflict joy they've experienced together. The book is available anywhere books are sold, and all profits will go to charity.