— RITA LAKIN, AWARD-WINNING CREATOR OF THE GETTING OLD IS MURDER SERIES
On the eve of a high-profile murder trial, a 7-year-old girl disappears — the daughter of the San Francisco cop who is the star witness. Was Amy kidnapped to derail the trial, or has one of her feuding parents hidden her away?
Artist and private investigator Jess Randolph joins the frantic search for the girl she thinks of as a sister. When a would-be rescuer dies violently, fears rise that Amy is in the hands of a killer. Jess must risk her life and confront her darkest fears as she races time to find the child before it’s too late. The hunt takes her from San Francisco to the snowbound Sierra, and deep into the hearts of two shattered families.
House of Whispers A TALE OF LOVE, GHOSTS AND MURDER
JUNO BOOKS * ISBN 978-0-8095-7181-1
"I just finished House Of Whispers & all I can say is WOW!!!"
— EMAIL FROM READER
After an unhappy divorce, Claire Scanlan is launching a new life as real estate agent in Northern California. She is thrilled with her first listing—a spectacular oceanview house built by a famous architect. Even more exciting is the seller, the handsome Ben Grant.
But buyers are frightened away because the family who lived there was murdered. When she visits the empty house, Claire hears voices that no one else can hear. Disturbing images invade her dreams. The idea that the house might be haunted fascinates and repels her.
Claire is eager to prove herself to her boss, win Ben’s heart, and outwit the woman who’s become her rival in business and love. First, though, she must discover the truth about the murders if she is to prevent another tragedy.
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Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories
McGRAW-HILL * ISBN 0-07-039077-0
"This book is a gem." — AMAZON.COM 5-STAR REVIEW
Sharpen your pencil and get ready to write captivating, memorable short stories—the kind that keep readers glued to the page. Quickly and simply, this concise guide gives you clear explanations, proven tips and techniques that show you how to:
• Come up with dynamic ideas • Create characters who come to life on the page • Develop a unique and compelling plot • Bring readers into a vivid story world • Develop your individual writer’s voice
This stimulating book will help you to start confidently, write freely, finish strongly, and make the most of your writing ability.
Beautiful, scandalous Deborah Collington has been found murdered in an alley after an arts-benefit ball. Her valuable diamond-and- emerald necklace is missing.
The case comes to San Francisco artist and private investigator Jess Randolph. When the father who abandoned her as a child turns up as the prime suspect, Jess is faced with more than a homicide case—she must solve the mystery of her own past.
Her search to learn the truth about the murder and her family’s secrets takes her into a world of art galleries, theaters, marinas, and exotic gems. And soon she finds herself in a conflict that threatens her career and her life.
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SELF-COUNSEL PRESS * ISBN 1-55180-205-8
"Excellent pointers…a well-done how-to book." — MURDER MOST COZY
Mystery is a tantalizing word. It suggests secrets and intrigue, an opportunity to peek behind closed doors, shines light into shadowy corners, and unlock truths about the human heart and mind. If you want to write a mystery, this book is for you. Writing Mysteries explores the art, craft, and business of crime and suspense writing. It guides aspiring mystery writers through a practical process for creating a successful mystery—from finding ideas and inventing engaging characters to getting published. Writing Mysteries helps writers understand today’s vibrant, diverse mystery genre and shows how to take advantage of the opportunities the genre presents.