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

For anyone who aspires to a writer's career, this book is a must-read.
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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. "
Murder, She Wrote
When competing restaurants open in Cabot Cove, Jessica must track down who killed one of the chefs.
Jessica Fletcher is invited to ring in the New Year with British aristocracy. Too bad someone’s about to end the life of the party....
Jessica investigates a cast and crew of suspects when someone is found dead on a movie set.
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.