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.”
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.
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Long Ago, the current volume of MYSTERY, CRIME, AND MAYHEM is on sale now!
Ten gripping stories appear from all over the map and the calendar, from Ancient Egypt to sixteenth-century Venice with a stopover in 1964 Budapest.
The writers also take you to the Arizona territory and mid-1800s Illinois, plus twentieth-century Minnesota, Arkansas, Illinois, Nevada, and, in my tale, Oregon.
My brand-new short story “Shattered” is in this issue. A nut-tree farmer accuses two preschool kids in a quiet small town neighborhood of criminal mischief. The incident shatters more than a set of taillights for their fictional mother.
Discover the many ways throughout history that crimes occur—and get resolved.
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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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