Cynthia Baxter grew up on Long Island, earned her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and went on to get an M.A. in business from M.I.T. After a four-year stint of writing part-time while working as a Marketing Manager, she abandoned the corporate life in order to concentrate on her novels. Under her Cynthia Blair name, she has had more than forty novels published, for both adult audiences and young adult readers. Under her pen name, Cynthia Baxter, she currently writes two mystery series. The Reigning Cats & Dogs mystery series, featuring Long Island veterinarian Jessica Popper, includes such books as DEAD CANARIES DON'T SING, PUTTING ON THE DOG, and MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DIE. The Murder Packs a Suitcase mystery series, about travel writer Mallory Marlowe, includes the books MURDER PACKS A SUITCASE, set in Orlando, and TOO RICH AND TOO DEAD, set in Aspen. Ms. Baxter lives on Long Island, N.Y.