Past Crimes

Okay, this is not a confession. Or maybe it is, but not to a crime, current or past. I’m just so honored to be part of this Storybundle. The books and writers here are amazing. Award winners, bestsellers, and one grand master. (Lawrence Block.) The bundle includes two short story collections featuring stories that I love (books by David H. Hendrickson and by Leah Cutter), […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Silence

Homicide Detective Spencer Gray knows he should feel grateful for the lack of work due to The Silence—two weeks without a murder in Manhattan. But he misses the action. More, something feels off. When one of his colleagues suggests a wager to see who can close the strangest case on his or her desk, he knows just the one. But solving this case might mean […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Star

On the night Anna’s boyfriend tried to kill her, Anna’s badly injured cat Star disappeared. Now, half a continent away, Anna’s neighbor tells her about a white cat with unusual markings haunting the neighborhood. Do cats have ghosts? Or has Star herself somehow made her own incredible journey across the country to be with the only person she’s ever loved? “Star,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine […]

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Winter Holidays And A Mystery

The mystery is a mystery story that I have in the current issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. “Serving Process” is a rainy Oregon story with a bit of a twist. You can get a copy here. The complete volume of last year’s Holiday Spectacular hit the virtual shelves this week! Thirty-eight stories about various winter holidays (including a June holiday from Australia). The stories […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Kindred Souls

In Seavy Village, she calls herself Linda. She has gone by many names. She travels from nursing home to nursing home, fixing problems, helping others, in her own way. Until she meets Eloise Mortimer. Rich, famous Eloise Mortimer. Dying Eloise Mortimer, who fancies herself a latter-day Miss Marple, but who might prove much more dangerous—and much more destructive. “Kindred Souls,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Elvis at the White House

Psychic investigator Chelsea LaFronde’s secret vice? The handsome young Elvis of the 1968 comeback special—Chelsea’s idea of a Real Man. So when a handsome Elvis impersonator—the young Elvis, not the old, fat Elvis—shows up at her door talking about a murder, she listens. Even though the impersonator tells her that Elvis knows whodunnit. Chelsea will deal with a bit of crazy, for Elvis. Even a […]

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Recommended Reading List: May, 2022

Well, May was super busy, with finals and a workshop that I was teaching and the Licensing Expo. I got behind writing up the recommended reading, and then I got sick in the first part of June, so I couldn’t finish this. I did manage to read a startling amount, though, considering I was also reading manuscripts and I was gone much of the time. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Northern Correspondent

Severson made a name for himself once, as a crack reporter. But now, years later, he hides behind his typewriter. Until the day Molly walks through the door looking for a job. Molly, with her ideals and her determination and her courage. Molly might change his life—but not necessarily in the way he hopes. “Northern Correspondent,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this […]

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Recommended Reading List: March, 2022

I started out reading great guns at the beginning of March and then…I have no idea. Life, maybe? The time change did zing me more than I expected, and I had to study for midterms, but those were gone by mid-month and my reading declined in the second half of the month. So I have no idea. I did start two different mystery anthologies that […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Unknown Baby Girl

A former LAPD homicide detective, Carolyn moved to Oregon to escape crime. Yet when she takes a job making houses energy efficient, she discovers a baby’s skeleton in a crawl space. She can’t ignore the forgotten bones; they speak to her. So, she uses her old skills to track down shocking family secrets, still reverberating from long, long ago. Gritty and powerful, “Unknown Baby Girl” […]

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