The "Coffee, Tea or Me?" Series

What can I say about Coffee, Tea or Me? I wrote it in 1966 while working in public relations for American Airlines, and it went on to spawn an entire genre of wacky comedies, including three direct sequels. All in all, the four books sold more than five million copies worldwide, and became my annuity for almost 17 years.

Coffee, Tea or Me? was published, of course, during an era when commercial air travel was glamorous and fun. Anyone traveling by air today knows that’s no longer the case, which is why I’m excited about Putnam's plan to reissue the book this spring or early summer, with a new introduction I've written.

Rachel Jones and Trudy Baker, the by-lines on the book, were assigned to the two young women who hit the road and appeared on radio and TV shows all over the country to promote it. Those weren’t their real names (they’d been stewardesses for Eastern Airlines--now in a more politically correct term--called flight attendants), but one legally changed her name to Rachel Jones to capitalize on her fame under that name.

The illustrations are by Bill Wenzel, whose sketches graced the pages of many of the nation’s better magazines.

Selected Works

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"With shades of The Manchurian Candidate hanging over the entire story, Experiment in Murder takes on the subject of hypnosis and creating unknowing murderers. "
For anyone who aspires to a writer's career, this book is a must-read.
Murder, She Wrote
Jessica helps a young country singer from Cabot Cove who lands in jail in Nashville, accused of murder.
Jessica and George team up to solve a Thanksgiving murder.
Making a television commercial is harder than it seems, especially when Jessica must solve a murder on location.
Jessica Fletcher must solve a 40-year-old murder before an important bequest is lost.
Amid the Fourth of July festivities, Jessica faces a mugging and a murder.
Jessica encounters some very dangerous human wildlife on a cruise to Alaska
My Favorite Book
Madness and mayhem during Prohibition.
My book of 35 years ago, "Coffee, Tea or Me? was reissued spring 2003, with a new foreword.
Remarkable Tale
A Cold War cult classic, once again available to the reading public.