MYSTERY, CRIME, AND MAYHEM: Passionate Crimes brings you nine tales of crime set in locations from Nevada to Rwanda, with side trips to Norway, Germany, and Chicago.
Passion causes people to do strange things.
Sometimes criminal things.
Come dip into crimes, great and small, and feel the passion these writers all give to these moments in a person’s life.
Or the last moments of another’s.
I’m delighted that my brand-new short story “Scotched” is in this issue.
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Wannabe moms at risk of their pregnancies ending too early will do almost anything to stop preterm labor. FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd won’t allow a shady medical equipment manufacturer to profit from their dedication.
In this month’s ebook release, FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd works undercover as a new sales rep for the manufacturer.
The company’s premier infusion pump tested safe for home care of asthma patients. Not for women with histories of preterm labor. Though anecdotal evidence suggests it may help them.
Dawna has more anecdotes. About wannabe moms whose hearts are damaged forever by the infusions.
She fakes a passion for selling. Closes in on the smooth-talker who gulls unwitting staff into marketing the device illegally. A profit-driven practice that fails to warn pregnant woman they’re risking their own lives.
Dawna has only one more training session to catch the company’s wily marketing czar. But her cover is wearing thin.
Can she outsmart her prime suspect?
Or should she try to out-dumb him?
You’ll find the answer in a suspenseful tale about moms, big pharma, and the FBI, all happening under wintry sunshine in Dallas, Texas.
“Dallas Hoedown: A Dawna Shepherd Short Story” was originally published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and is now available as a standalone ebook short story.
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Great because the cover above, unlike the old one featuring Kesey’s colorful school bus, doesn’t suggest that readers will time-travel back to the sixties.
Murder, Ken Kesey, and Me happens in the recent past and imagines a movie-making venture in Oregon, depicting the life of the state’s most famous author.
I like that the new cover focuses both on the film and the humor in this modern mystery.
As the story begins, an indie company is coming to Oregon to make Acid Test: The Life of Ken Kesey. Before they arrive, hardworking Eugene location scout Estrella “Star” Stevens stumbles over a dead body and into the crushing embrace of the FBI.
Star is forced to join the FBI’s risky investigation of gangland boss and titty bar owner Oscar Quarry. Narrowly escaping death, she’s suddenly living her own movie.
Will she be a star? Or the next corpse? And which homicidal Oregonian is racking up the body count?
For answers to those questions plus a a virtual tour of my hometown, Eugene, Oregon, click on the cover above or follow this universal link to an online retailer and buy the ebook Murder, Ken Kesey, and Me.