UC Berkeley, January, 1969—In the midst of turbulent student protests on campus, a cherished building suddenly bursts into flames. Pammy Griffin, an alum who owns a women’s gym nearby, heads over to check out the fire and walks straight into a troubling mystery. Who wants Berkeley to burn? Hippies? Protesters? Or someone with an even darker motive?
But as Pammy investigates, she finds herself, and her gym, embroiled in a troubling turn of events. To catch the arsonist, she and members of her gym must confront some of society’s most brutal, and most hidden, violence using whatever weapons they can.
“Blaming the Arsonist,” by Edgar and Shamus award-nominated author Kris Nelscott, is free on this website for one week only.
I mentioned a few posts back that I would have a lot of news this fall. And I do. It stuns me. First, let me thank all the people who have supported the Pulphouse Kickstarter so far. As I write this, we’ve hit two of our stretch goals and are halfway to the third. The first stretch goal guaranteed an extra electronic issue of the […]
Okay, full disclosure here: Very little in the title of this post is true. I’m not a slacker. I got behind due to Life Events. (See this week’s Business Blog.) Then I spent a week catching up. And then I taught the Mystery Workshop here on the coast—and had a blast. Great storytellers, every one of them. Sunday, I face-planted. But I had work to […]
That’s right! The latest adventure in my Diving Universe hit print (and ebook and audiobook) today. You can finally find out what Boss has been doing. If you recall, the novel first appeared in Asimov’s earlier in the summer. That introduced Boss & crew to a brand new audience, as exemplified by Eric Kimminau writing for Tangent Online: Engrossing. Detailed. Imaginative. I had never heard […]
I blame Marvel. As I finished my Kris Nelscott/Smokey Dalton novel, Stone Cribs, I realized that the victim in the book, Valentina Wilson, was one amazing woman. And she needed a story arc all her own. I knew how she was going to end up, and who she would be years after the events in Stone Cribs, but I needed to write the story […]
Because my life has been unbelievably hectic this past month or two, I wasn’t able to update you on my latest publications as I promised I would. I have had several—although not as many as I will have this fall. So in no particular order, let me share the recent publications. The latest Uncollected Anthology, Mystical Melodies, hit the virtual stands last month. My new […]
I promised I’d let you all know when the next Diving novel, The Runabout, was available for preorder. You can now preorder the ebook on various platforms, and you can preorder the audiobook. You’ll either have to wait until September 22 to get your print copy or see if you can find a back issue of the May/June Asimov’s which has the entire novel inside. […]
Okay, that’s a long title. But I couldn’t come up with anything pithy. As I type this, explosions shaking my house. Not because I’m in some kind of danger or because something bad has happened, but because I live in a tourist town. Here in the States, it’s our national holiday, the Fourth of July, which Americans have celebrated with fireworks since our founding. I […]
This summer looks like it’ll be the summer of bundle crossovers. Somehow, through the magic of Kris being calendar challenged in 2016, I’m in several bundles that will crossover with each other. The first crossover occurred this week. The Moonscapes bundle that I told you about two weeks ago ends on Wednesday. If you like science fiction as much as I do, pick up this […]
I love writing for the Uncollected Anthology because it forces me to exercise my urban fantasy chops. I had let them atrophy over the years for a variety of reasons too complicated to go into right now. I promised myself that if I had a fantasy series that fit the theme of the Uncollected, I’d write in the series. So when Spells Gone Awry came […]