Category: Anthology

Mystery Most Devious Anthology Released

Big news:  Mystery Most Devious, the newest Malice Domestic anthology was released last weekend in conjunction with the conference April 26 and 27, 2024 in Bethusda, MD.  Better news:  my short story, “Bodyguard of Lies” is included! The anthology is currently available from Wildside Press.

Isn’t the cover fabulous?

According to the blurb, Mystery Most Devious features mysteries in the Agatha Christie tradition, but with a devious new twist.

My short story is a contemporary mystery set in Toronto.

I want to thank Claire A Murray, current president of SINC Desert Sleuths, for bringing the Malice Domestic call for submissions to my attention. A SINC Desert Sleuths’ lecture by Mr. Kurt Hammer in November 2022 about the US Postal Inspection Service inspired some of the details.

I also want to thank my fabulous critique partners for their feedback –which made the story so much better– and for being willing to work on a short deadline.  I owe you more than I can say.

The Details

Edited by John Betancourt, Michael Bracke, and Carla Coupe

Introduction by Michael Bracken

Stories by:

Susan Love Brown
Jackie McMahon
Mary Adler
Leone Ciporin
Sue Anger
Sarah Stephens
P.A. De Voe
*Roberta Gibson*
Jill K. Quinn
Jennifer Slee
Ashley-Ruth M. Bernier
Joslyn Chase
Christine Eskilson
Linda Norlander
Smita Harish Jain
Hope Hodgkins
Josh Pachter

Wrong Turn Anthology Now Available

Look for my short story “Hitman Walked Into A Romance”  in the newest Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Anthology Book 10, So West:  Wrong Turn.  It is available now via Amazon.

Read these engaging tales of assassins, serial killers, family, motherhood, survival, trust, abuse, escape, blackmail, espionage, and romance … where one wrong turn made a difference.

Join us at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 22, 2023 for the author signing and launch party.

SoWest: Wrong Turn authors (** indicates first fiction publication):

Patricia A. Bonn ♦ Lauren Buckingham ♦ Susan Budavari ♦ Jo Burrough** ♦
William D. Butler ♦ Meg E Dobson ♦ Suzanne E Flaig ♦ Roberta Gibson ♦
Laura MacKenzie** ♦ Kim McCavan ♦ Kathy McIntosh ♦ Susan Cummins Miller ∙
Claire A Murray ♦ D.R. Ransdell ♦ Paula Barr Skillicorn ♦ Joseph S. Walker

Cover Design: Maegan Beaumont
Submissions Coordinator/Proofreader: Margaret C. Morse
Lead Editor: Claire A Murray
Co-Editors: Meg E Dobson, Suzanne Flaig
, Sarah Smith

Wrong Turn Anthology Coming Out In September

Where have I been? Writing of course. But now it’s time to warm up the blog again because I’ve got some news.

So excited to announce that my short suspense story “Hitman Walked into a Romance” will be published in the next Desert Sleuths AnthologySo West:Wrong Turn. It will be released in time for our annual WriteNow conference around September 22, 2023. Stay tuned for details!


@DesertSleuths anthology SO WEST: LOVE KILLS Coming Soon

Interested in mysteries? Like to read anthologies?

A short story I wrote is featured in the latest Desert Sleuths anthology, So West:  Love Kills*, arriving 9/10/2021.

(*Amazon affiliate link)

Here’s the blurb:

Betrayal. Deception. Greed. Love Gone Wrong. Brothers and sisters. Lovers and liars. Fathers and daughters. Mothers and sons. From the wilds of Arizona’s Rim country to its dusty lowland deserts, you’ll find it all within the pages of So West: Love Kills. Bonds forged and broken. Covenants kept and cast aside. Love nurtured and left to rot. Not everything is as it seems. Not everyone can be trusted. But one thing is for certain—love hurts. Sometimes it even kills!


Contributing authors:

  • Shannon Baker,
  • Mysti Berry,
  • Meredith Blevins,
  • Patricia Bonn,
  • Lauren Buckingham,
  • Susan Budavari,
  • William Butler,
  • Patricia Curren,
  • Meg E. Dobson,
  • Beverly Forsyth,
  • Denise Ganley,
  • Roberta Gibson,
  • Katherine Atwell Herbert,
  • Tom Leveen,
  • Susan Cummins Miller,
  • Charlotte Morganti,
  • Julie Morrison,
  • Claire A. Murray,
  • Kris Neri,
  • Karen Odden,
  • R K Olson,
  • D.R. Ransdell,
  • Kim Rivery,
  • Elena E. Smith.


Lead Editor: Maegan Beaumont.

Co-Editors: Deborah J Ledford, Susan Budavari, R K Olson, Shannon Baker, Meg Dobson

Cover Designer: Maegan Beaumont.

E-books available for preorder now. I’d love for you to check it out!

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