My short story “Deadly Detour” is featured in Chesapeake Crimes I.
About the book:
Tales of mystery, mayhem and murder from fifteen of the Chesapeake Bay region’s most talented crime writers. Includes the Agatha and Anthony award-winning story, “Wedding Knife” by Elaine Viets and a foreword by Laura Lippman.
Reviews and endorsements:
“Everyone of the stories is unique, superb in the writers own flare, making each tale fresh and alive, satisfying that hunger for different twists and turns that loom inside the reader. This work is a gift to all mystery lovers. Pick this one up and good luck in being able to put it down. A winner from start to finish.”
— Shirley Johnson, Senior Reviewer, MidWest Book Review
My short story “A Woman Who Thinks” is featured in Chesapeake Crimes: They Had It Comin’.
About the book:
“Not many of us would admit, even to ourselves, that we had actually wished for something awful to befall anybody we knew. On the other hand, if we’ve ever felt exploited by an acquaintance, or undervalued in a job that we felt trapped in-if we’ve experienced an unappreciative boss, a backstabbing co-worker, a jealous rival, a manipulative friend, a faithless lover, an intrusive neighbor, or even a controlling homeowners’ association board . . . well, you get the picture.
“Each of us has doubtless gone a round or two with someone whom we secretly felt deserved more than a small dose of Divine Justice. This probably explains why most of us can’t help but smile upon hearing that somebody who “done us wrong” has, at long last, gotten his “just desserts.” In extreme cases (that is, if you’re anything like me) you might even have gone so far, in the past, as to uncork a small split of champagne!
“I suspect there’ll be plenty of bubbly flowing as you relish reading about twenty of literature’s most deserving villains, who get their comeuppance in Chesapeake Crimes: They Had It Comin’.”
–Katharine Neville, from the Foreword
My short story “Jasmine”is featured in Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays.
The book is available on Amazon.
About the book:
The sixth volume in the Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Macavity award-winning series. This volume includes stories by: Barb Goffman, Rosemary and Larry Mild, E. B. Davis, Shaun Taylor Bevins, Cathy Wiley, Art Taylor, Shari Randall, Meg Opperman, Carla Coupe, Timothy Bentler-Jungr, Linda Lombardi, Debbi Mack, Clyde Linsley, and Donna Andrews.
“One thing I’ve learned during a long career as a writer is that a good short story is one of the hardest things to write. To capture mood, character, tension, and a satisfying climax in a few pages requires more skill than having the luxury of a novel to get things right. That’s why I’m so impressed that the writers of Chesapeake Crimes seem to deliver quality work in anthology after anthology. This one is especially fun as the theme is holidays. And who hasn’t wanted to commit a murder at a family holiday celebration?”
— From the introduction by Rhys Bowen
My short story “Cherry Blossoms” is featured in Shaken: Stories for Japan.
You can buy the book on Amazon.
About the book:
One hundred percent of the royalties from this new collection of original stories will go directly to the 2011 JAPAN RELIEF FUND administered by the Japan America Society of Southern California. The 2011 Japan Relief Fund was created on March 11, 2011 to aid victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami waves. With the funds that have been raised so far, $750,000 has been committed to nonprofit organizations that are on the front lines of relief and recovery work in northeastern Japan.
This collection was born out of the writers’ concern for the people in the disaster zone. Shaken: Stories for Japan is an attempt by writers to pool their talents to help people in need, as musicians and actors so often do.
The book contains original stories by Brett Battles, Cara Black, Vicki Doudera, Dianne Emley, Dale Furutani, Timothy Hallinan, Stefan Hammond, Rosemary Harris, Naomi Hirahara, Wendy Hornsby, Ken Kuhlken, Debbi Mack, Adrian McKinty, I.J. Parker, Gary Phillips, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Jeffrey Siger, Kelli Stanley, C.J. West, and Jeri Westerson. As a group, these authors have won every mystery award there is and sold hundreds of thousand of copies. They’re all working at the top of their games in this volume. Shaken: Stories for Japan is art for heart’s sake, and the purchase price will help those who are struggling to repair, or at least soothe, these terrible losses.
Not all the stories are mysteries; the consensus was simply that all writers should submit something that touches on Japan. Linking the stories are haiku by the 17th-century master Basho, translated by Jane Reichhold, and Issa, translated by David Lanoue. Both translators donated their work, as did the cover designer, writer Gar Anthony Haywood, and the e-book producer, Kimberly Hitchens.
PRAISE FOR THE AUTHORS
“Kelli Stanley has her eye on greatness.” –George Pelecanos
Wendy Hornsby’s “stories are edgy, menacing, and masterful.” –Booklist
Dianne Emley’s books are “Intense and hard-edged… First-rate.” –Tess Gerritsen
“[Naomi Hirahara] is truly one of a kind.” –Chicago Sun-Times
“[Brett] Battles is a master storyteller.” –Sheldon Siegel
I. J. Parker’s books are “terrifically imaginative work” –Wall Street Journal
Ken Kuhlken’s writing is “Elegant . . . haunting, and beautiful.” –Don Winslow.
Jeffrey Siger’s work “Brilliantly explores a fascinating culture” –Leighton Gage
“Hank Phillippi Ryan understands plotting and she writes beautifully.” –Robert B. Parker
Adrian McKinty is “One of his generation’s leading talents” –Publishers Weekly.
Jeri Westerson’s work is “creative and enthralling…” –John Lescroart
“Gary Phillips writes tough and gritty parables.” –Michael Connelly
Vicki “Doudera expertly weaves a tale of suspense.” –Tess Gerritsen
Rosemary Harris is “Hilarious” (Kirkus Reviews), “A rising star” –Crimespree Magazine
Timothy Hallinan’s writing is “razor-sharp, convincing, and heartbreaking.” –Gregg Hurwitz
C.J. West’s work is “Powerful, thought provoking and massively entertaining.” –Crimesquad.com
Cara Black’s Aimee Leduc novels are an “irresistible series set in Paris.” –New York Times
“Debbi Mack has carved her own niche in the mystery pantheon.” –Scott Nicholson
[Dale]”Furutani manages a fluid mix of cultural history and swashbuckling adventure.” –Publishers Weekly
Stefan Hammond created the “Essential guide to Hong Kong’s mind-bending films.” –Entertainment Weekly