The autumn 2023 issue of THRILL RIDE – THE MAGAZINE brings you twelve tales not led by Western white males, including my contribution, “Spooked.”


THRILL RIDE - THE MAGAZINE "NO W.W.M. (Western White Males)"

I couldn’t resist writing a thriller story set in El Salvador during the early 1980s. The majority of US personnel in the country at that time were males, many of them active-duty military or working for the CIA. All believable protagonists in an international thriller.

But they’re only background for my story, told by a Western white woman who isn’t looking for thriller action when she volunteers to serve at the San Salvador embassy.

Twenty-four-year-old Casey Collins wants to see for herself what’s happening in the war-torn country.

She gets her chance to investigate when another woman invites her on a plane ride to the eastern edge of El Salvador. Where Casey hears enough to get herself in real trouble.

In these twelves stories, you’ll meet Vietnamese magicians, female undercover operatives, Chinese assassins, and women like you never imagined.

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Our theme for this issue of MYSTERY, CRIME, AND MAYHEM is Library Cases. We explore the idea that stories take place not only between the covers of books, but also in the places where books are kept.

When my three kids were grade-school-age, they enjoyed activities offered by the local library summer program. One August afternoon, all four us spent a couple of hours with live, slithering reptiles. All went well.

In my story, though, I imagine things going very, very wrong for the librarian, my fictional mom, and her son in “Snakes in the Stacks.”

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This issue of MCM is a collection of cozy stories by the syndicate. We’ll make you giggle, shake your head, or at the very least, think about libraries in a new way.

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In this issue, you’ll find ten entertaining tales plus an intriguing essay:

“Snakes in the Stacks” by Diana Deverell

“The Book Cipher” by Cate Martin

“The Overdue Burrower” by Robert Jeschonek

“A Lucky Man” by Annie Reed

“Murder by Manga” by Chris Chan

“The Dangers of Tinkering with History” by Kari Kilgore

“The Little Library Thief” by Scott William Carter

“Because of Louisa” by Joslyn Chase

“A Rose By Any Other Name” by Leah R Cutter

“CSI: Song Dynasty China” – an essay by Chris Chan


My latest short story “Under the Influence of Elmore Leonard” is in UNLIKELY PARTNERS, the summer 2023 issue of Thrill Ride – The Magazine. I loved writing my story and I enjoyed reading the nine other tales of thriller adventure and mayhem. You’ll have a good time with this anthology!


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