Retired intelligence analyst Casey Collins takes a pre-season package tour to the Greek island of Crete. Her bargain vacation should be a perfect way to escape February’s chilly darkness, soak up Mediterranean sunshine, and study Minoan history and culture.
Until she finds that none of the other tour group members will converse in her native language. And they don’t understand her broken version of theirs. Luckily, she doesn’t have to endure two weeks of the silent treatment. Her tour guide Vassilis is fluent in English. And also happy to share his passionate and patriotic love of all things Greek.
Except that today he also shares the unwelcome news that a precious Cretan artifact has disappeared from a local dig site.
Vassilis believes the thief is a member of Casey’s group. A phony tourist ideally placed to smuggle the item out of Greece when the tour ends.
If Vassilis tries to identify a suspect he can name to the police, the thief may destroy the artifact to avoid arrest. If Vassilis names an innocent person, the tour operator will fire him for poor customer service.
Vassilis sees no way to stop yet another priceless Greek cultural treasure disappearing into a private foreign collection. His heart is breaking.
And Casey’s is breaking for him. His hands are tied. But hers aren’t.
Can she identify the thief without being noticed?
A long shot, but for Vassilis’s sake, she has to try.
Read “Crete Robbers: A Casey Collins Short Story” and enjoy tropical weather, Cretan cuisine, and local beer and spirits with the retired heroine of a suspenseful series of non-stop international thrillers.
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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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In my latest ebook short story release, FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd is hot to learn why—and how—an unknown hacker is cyber-stalking an obscure software engineer in the Bay Area.
Hacking’s not Dawna’s specialty.
But her sister Bettijean is the engineer whose life and livelihood are on the line.
And nobody messes with Dawna’s family.
She’ll use every trick in her FBI book to find who’s harming Bettijean.
Even so, can a low-tech Texan face-down the princes who rule in Silicon Valley?
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