Jolly is what we want to be during December and FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd is ready to help us get there.

From now through December 24th, her short mystery set during the holiday season is bargain-priced at less than a dollar. For only ninety-nine cents, you get “Boot Scoot: A Dawna Shepherd Short Story.”

Boot Scoot by Diana Deverell

Dawna Shepherd loves her family, working as an FBI Special Agent, and playing basketball.

She’s celebrating Christmas in her home town when a bounty hunter pursues her college student brother home from Lubbock.

Certain that Fugitive Team Leader Tommy O’Brien is chasing the wrong quarry, Dawna stops him cold at the Shepherd front door.

But she knows O’Brien won’t give up. And all her crime-fighter instincts are screaming that the bounty hunter is going to ruin this holiday for someone she loves.

Can law-abiding Dawna find a way to save Christmas?

“Boot Scoot” was a finalist for the 2003 Macavity Award for best mystery short story.

Click on the cover above or follow this universal link to your favorite online retailer to get your digital copy and let Dawna jolly up your season!


Sail from Bergen to Newcastle with FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd!

In this month’s ebook release, Dawna tracks a rat riding the Danish ferry from Norway to England.

Not a stinky rodent, but her completely odorless partner, a Homeland Security Agent with a hidden agenda.

What’s the agent’s real goal? And why is he keeping her in the dark?

He must believe she’ll oppose his plan. Which means she has to stop him before he heads this minicruise into disaster.

“Dirty Bop to Blighty” was originally published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. A three-part serialized condensed version appeared in The Norwegian-American and you can read it online for free in these three issues from 2016:

Part 1 – July 28

Part 2 – August 9

Part 3 – August 23

If you want to own the complete story in a single ebook, you can buy “Dirty Bop to Blighty: A Dawna Shepherd Short Story” from these online retailers by following this link.

Have fun readin’ and cruisin’!

Released at last- LATIN GROOVE: A Dawna Shepherd Short story

I wrote this tale for my collection of Dawna’s adventures and it was published only in that collection. Now, I’ve released “Latin Groove” as an ebook short story.

I send FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd to her hometown in the northern Chihuahuan Desert. “Latin Groove” takes Dawna back to FBI basics. She’s standing in line at her Texas bank inside Wal-Mart when a robbery happens right in front of her.

And she discovers quickly that the bad girl robbing her bank is sharp as a pistol. And packing one, too.

Dawna’s in Texas to recruit top-notch female and minority agents but she can’t keep her nose out of the crime that’s happening in front of her.

The female FBI agent and woman criminal are each on their own turf. Can good old girl Dawna win a battle with bad young Bandita when they share a home court?

My short story sprawls across West Texas and tests Dawna’s crime-solving power.

If you want to spend time in the Lone Star State with Texas cops and down-home crime, buy your copy of “Latin Groove: A Dawna Shepherd Short Story” by clicking on the cover or following this universal link to your favorite ebook retailer.