About Paula

Paula Bernstein is the author of Potpourri, an eclectic collection of short stories spanning several genres, and of the five books in the Hannah Kline mystery series: Murder in the Family, Lethal Injection, Private School, The Goldilocks Planet and In Vitro . Before writing her novels, Paula began her professional career as an academic chemist with a doctorate from Caltech. After realizing that she liked people far more than laboratory equipment, she went to Medical School and spent the next thirty years as a successful practicing obstetrician gynecologist. Now that she is semi-retired she is busy editing and publishing her short stories and novels. Not surprisingly, her heroines are witty women in interesting professions from medicine, to physics to interior design.

Another Fabulous Writer’s Retreat

Our Writer's Group with Leader Linda Schreyer (seated) at the Ojai Inn For the past eight years, the same group of six women have been meeting once a year, under the leadership of editor and writing teacher Linda Schreyer, to share and critique our work. After all this time, we know one another's work, characters and lives so well, that feedback is easy and productive. We've always chosen tranquil settings, [...]

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How to Find a Cover Artist

Have you ever wondered how to find the perfect artist for your cover? When I first self-published the Hannah Kline series, I had fun designing my own covers, but when Third Street Press took over my series and began publishing the second edition, we needed a professional. Fortunately the publisher had an artist she had worked with extensively, and he designed the first three covers and established the "brand." Then, [...]

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The California Crime Writer’s Conference

This weekend, June 8th and 9th 2019 is the California Crime Writer's Conference, a collaboration between the LA Chapter of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. I'll be participating in a panel on Independent Publishing along with other Indie authors and representatives from Smashwords and Wattpad. We'll be talking about our paths to publication and changes in the Independent publishing world. The conference is at the Hilton Doubletree [...]

LAst Resort Chosen by Book Club Central

I'm pleased to announce that the Sisters in Crime LA 2017 Anthology, LAst Resort has been chosen as a May selection for Book Club Central. This anthology contains my Hannah Kline prequel story "On Call for Murder" and will now be available to thousands of book clubs all over the country. To learn more about Book Club Central you can go to this link: http://BookClubCentral.org


It was supposed to be the perfect romantic honeymoon for Obstetrician Hannah Kline and her brand new husband, Los Angeles Police Detective Daniel Ross; a week of complete relaxation at a charming Victorian B&B, famous for its celebrity chef, on an isolated island in the Pacific Northwest. No sooner do they arrive than the chef is found dead in the kitchen and a woman from Daniel’s past threatens their new [...]

Sisters in Crime LA Presents LAst Resort

Please join me and a panel of authors from the 2017 Sisters in Crime Anthology as we discuss our work and why Los Angeles is the perfect location for a crime story. SISTERS IN CRIME/LOS ANGELES PRESENTS LAST RESORT SEPTEMBER 13 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium 285 East Walnut Street Pasadena, CA 91101 United States

Liftoff The Art of Launching a New Mystery

Four "Sisters in Crime" Discuss their Latest Novels. This past weekend I joined three fellow authors at the Brentwood Library and moderated a panel on how to launch a new book. My fellow authors were Rachel Howzell Hall (City of Saviors), Nancy Cole Silverman (Room for Doubt) and Jeri Westerson (Booke of the Hidden). I was introducing my latest Hannah Kline novel, In Vitro. Becoming an active member [...]

Liftoff: The Art of Launching A New Mystery

Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles presents Liftoff: The Art of Launching a New Mystery Please join me and three other Sisters in Crime mystery authors Saturday October 14th at 2 PM The Brentwood Library 11820 San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles 90049. We will be reading from our newly released books and discussing the process of publishing a new arrival. I will be moderating the discussion. The panel includes: Rachel Howzell [...]