I recently did an interview with The Big Thrill for Edinburgh Midnight, and a bit of the rationale behind the series is exposed. Click the graphic above to read it.
While we are on the subject, if you fancy yourself a mystery writer, or aspire to create your own story, I suggest visiting The Big Thrill website. It's the web presence for The International Thriller Writers, an honorary society of authors, both fiction and nonfiction, who write books broadly classified as “thrillers.” They have a variety of events throughout the year including workshops and conferences and other resources. To visit their site, click the ITW logo at right.
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"C.E. Lawrence (the pen name of Carole Buggé) writes suspense novels that examine the dark side of human behavior. She's fascinated by the criminal mind, how it got that way, and why it does such terrible things."
As the body count rises and public panic takes hold, Hamilton and Doyle delve into the seedy underbelly of the city, where nothing is as it seems, no one is immune to murder, and even trusted friends can be enemies in disguise.
"The author paints a deliciously sensuous portrait of late 19th-century Edinburgh in this darkly atmospheric story peopled with vivid, quirky characters, from Ian’s spirited Aunt Lillian (a loving light in his life) to the story’s unfortunate victims and the ruthless killer who is always lurking just out of sight. One of the book’s many pleasures is accompanying the perpetrator as his murders unfold, all leading to the final dramatic scene between the 'Holyrood Strangler' and Ian, who is the ultimate prey. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this entertaining, beautifully written series. Highly recommended." — The Historical Novel Society
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In this spellbinding thriller series, psychologist-turned-criminal-profiler Lee Campbell is determined to keep working with the NYPD while enduring painful reminders of his past. He is still traumatized by the unsolved disappearance of his sister in the mid-'90s, and struggling to recover from a nervous breakdown. As a police profiler, Campbell sees the gruesome handiwork of the most brilliant and deranged criminal minds in New York. Despite his own pain, he must match wits with the most diabolical of them and stop their heinous, bloody crimes.
"As Jean Anouilh said, “Life is very nice, but it lacks form. It’s the aim of art to give it some.” Normally I would agree wholeheartedly, but events on that summer night long ago unfolded in an arc so purely and beautifully structured that I couldn’t see any room for improvement. I actually wrote about that night shortly afterwards, and my ten year old version appeared in my school’s literary magazine, such as it was. I wish I had a copy, but the squirrels in my father’s attic devoured a lot of my early literary efforts, including a trunk of original narrative cartoons." ~~ Carole in the story's introduction
Shelly is a wonderful host and an accomplished author who understands the craft of writing.
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A wicked Scottish winter has just begun when pioneering female physician Sophia Jex-Blake calls on Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton to investigate the suspicious death of one of her patients — a railroad lineman savagely beaten in a church courtyard during a blackout.
The most provocative aspect of the case doesn’t escape Hamilton: the married victim’s numerous sexual transgressions.
Now, for the first time since the unexplained fire that killed his parents, Hamilton enters the Royal Infirmary to gain the insights of brilliant medical student Arthur Conan Doyle. Then a second poisoning occurs—this time, a prominent banker who died in the bed of a prostitute. It appears that someone is making Edinburgh’s more promiscuous citizens pay for their sins.
SILENT SCREAMS: "C. E. Lawrence has achieved a rare level of authenticity, not only in character development, but also in the realistic use of behavioral science. If you want to read a serial-killer thriller that's solidly based on frightening reality, (Silent Screams) is the one." —Louis B Schlesinger, Ph.D., professor of forensic psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
SILENT KILLS: The killer picks her up in a Manhattan night club. Another trendy victim of the latest downtown scene. Young. Fresh. Healthy. Perfect. The police find her body in a Bronx park. Pale as a ghost. Peaceful in death. Her life has been drained away. Slowly. Methodically. Brilliantly.
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Who Killed Mona Lisa?: Claire's editor-in-chief tells her to visit a cozy New England inn to spend Thanksgiving weekend with her new boyfriend, Wally Jackson, and young Meredith tags along. Work delays Wally, and a surprise snowstorm forces Claire and Meredith to entertain themselves inside. They find a pile of old letters addressed to the Secret Drawer Society--a Wayside Inn tradition. For years, anonymous guests scribble their deepest secrets for others to read. Bodies start turning up and dead letters become clues to the inn's dark past–and darker present.
Carole Buggé of New York City is the tenth recipient of the Jerry Jazz Musician New Short Fiction Award, announced and published the first of November, 2005. They are honoring all fifty winners this year.
"Uncle Evil Eye occupies a unique place in my writing. All the rest of my short fiction is precisely that – fiction – but I wrote Uncle Evil Eye shortly after my father’s death, as a kind of tribute, and with his sudden death serving as a frame device for the story, everything happened exactly as I relate it.
The Lee Campbell Mysteries / C. E. Lawrence
So when will this majestic manuscript be available? Soon, gentle readers, soon. I'll be posting information here as soon as I know the release date and distribution details. It will be a wonderful guide for any aspiring mystery writer.
SILENT STALKER: Death wears a mask – NYPD profiler Lee Campbell arrives to find the victim lying in the lobby of her building In a pool of blood and wearing a white mask. When he learns the girl was an actress, he follows the trail to an off-Broadway theater where she was rehearsing for a play. But Campbell suspects the killer was rehearsing, too — for another murder — because one of the victim’s co-stars has just received a warning: “You’re next.”
As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.
Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.
With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in across the city. And with each victim, the murderer is getting closer to Hamilton, the one man who dares to stop him.
Who Killed Dorian Gray?: "While teaching writing at an artists colony, mystery editor Claire Rawlings gets some bad vibes from the writers there. It only gets worse when she finds the colony's resident beauty — dead in the bathtub. 'Who Killed Dorian Gray' is an absolutely delightful and wonderfully clued story ... captures the reader's imagination." — Romantic Times
"All is not well in the Jane Austen Society in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, as shown by this winning series launch from Blake, a pseudonym of Carole Buggé (The Haunting of Torre Abbey).
Bookshop owner Erin Coleridge turns amateur sleuth, enlisting her offbeat friend, Farnsworth Appleby, in her investigation, along with 10-year-old Polly Marlowe. The village is rife with scandals and secrets, as well as both shocking and delightful romances.
The reader doesn't have to recognize all the Austen references to appreciate this fine whodunit."
— Publisher's Weekly, reviewed 6/3/19
"For Austen fans, the liberal scattering of Austen quotes and references will delight."
—Booklist Online. To see their full review, click here.
"[A] winning series launch from Blake...The village is rife with scandals and secrets, as well as both shocking and delightful romances."
― Publishers Weekly
"With a perfect English setting and characters who leap off the page, Elizabeth Blake's Pride, Prejudice and Poison is one of the most delightful and bookish books I've ever read. Don't miss this debut."
― Paige Shelton, New York Times bestselling author of the Scottish Bookshop mysteries
"Utterly charming, and as cozy as a cup of tea by a crackling fire. A must read for Jane Austen fans―and anybody else who enjoys a witty, well-crafted mystery. I loved it!"
― Laura Levine, author of the Jaine Austen mysteries
"Elizabeth Blake hits the ground running with this new series ... A fast read with believable characters and good pacing. If you are a Jane Austen fan, you will love this book."
For those of you striving to write your own mysteries, a helpful guide from experts is coming soon! Mystery Writers of America is in the final stages of publishing "Writing Mysteries", an instructional book with many super tips, techniques, and ideas from accomplished mystery writers.
Need help with story ideas, character development, plot, pacing, and other important aspects of your writing? You'll find excellent guidance from the successful authors in the guide. I was honored to be chosen as a contributor (she said with some blushing modesty.)
New media for Pride, Prejudice & Poison
Edinburgh Dusk: the 2nd Ian Hamilton Mystery
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The Jerry Jazz Musician website is a treasure trove of art, poetry, writing and music. Its eclectic collection of contributors ensures you'll find something fascinating. You can get there by clicking the logo.
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Dru Ann's website is a wonderful potpourri of book lover's delights. Her "Day in the Life" section lets authors give backstory on their book's characters. She asked me to write one and, of course, Erin Coleridge, Pride, Prejudice and Poison's main character, was the ideal subject.
Her website also has reviews, cover reveals, and much more.Click the graphic above to go to the website's home page. Click here to see my piece on Erin Coleridge.
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Interview in The Big Thrill magazine for Pride, Prejudice & Poison
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SILENT SLAUGHTER: He chooses his tools with precision. Stalks his victims with cold efficiency. Plans his attack using mathematical logic. And now he is ready to play, but there are rules to his game. When the killer's first letter arrives at the station, NYPD profiler Lee Campbell suspects the writer is daring him to match wits with a dangerous--and brilliant--criminal mind. But once this "Alleyway Strangler" starts leaving specially targeted messages with each surgically carved corpse, Campbell realizes it's not just personal. It's perfectly calculated ... to destroy him.
The Mystery Writers of America panel discussion in October was fascinating! The panel of fellow mystery writers, bestselling authors Suzanne Chazin, Matt Farrell, and Chris Knopf, discussed how CSI and other TV shows have made forensics sexy.
SILENT VICTIM: At first, they look like suicides. Two bodies within a week — one found floating in New York's East River, another electrocuted in the bathtub, but forensics show that the victims were drugged, then killed. As the death toll grows, so does the brutality of the murders--and the killer dubbed "The Flesh Collector" continues to prey.
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Detective Ian Hamilton returns to the darkening shadows of nineteenth-century Scotland to track a killer on a profane mission of revenge.
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Spiritualism has captured the public’s imagination. Séances are the rage, and Detective Ian Hamilton’s otherwise sensible aunt Lillian succumbs to their allure. For Ian, indulging her superstitions has its limits. When members of Lillian’s circle of séance friends begin turning up dead, Ian knows these aren’t freak accidents.
Helped by friend Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian investigates and is soon drawn into a dark world of believers and tricksters and a series of murders with no pattern, motive, or end in sight. Most alarming, the crimes conjure up ghosts in Ian’s past, including the mysterious deaths of his parents, which have haunted him for years.
Edinburgh Midnight interview in the latest The Big Thrill
This is an amazing milestone for me and one any author would be thrilled to have. My gratitude goes out to every one of you.
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Handsome―but shy―Detective Inspector Peter Hadley and charismatic Sergeant Rashid Jarral arrive at the scene. The long suspect list includes Sylvia’s lover Kurt Becker and his tightly wound wife Suzanne. Or, perhaps, the killer was Sylvia’s own cuckolded husband, Jerome. Among the many Society members who may have had her in their sights is dashing Jonathan Alder, who was heard having a royal battle of words with the late president the night before.
Then, when Jonathan Alder narrowly avoids becoming the next victim after imbibing poisoned beer, Farnsworth (the town’s “cat lady”) persuades a seriously time-crunched Erin to help DI Hadley. But the killer is more devious than anyone imagines.
A feature in July's issue is my interview with Charlie Cochrane. She is quite familiar with Austen fans as she lives near Winchester which made the interview that much more fun. Click on their logo above to see the article and the rest of the issue.
A Day in the Character's Life
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Martha Frankel hosts a lively show with authors of books of all kinds. I'm featured in this episode along with David Hallberg, Sparrow, Leslie Korn, and Jill Eisenstadt. Get into the mind of the authors with Martha. Click the graphic below to get it.
Perfect for fans of Laura Levine and Stephanie Barron, Elizabeth Blake’s Jane Austen Society mystery debut is a mirthfully morbid merger of manners and murder.
In this Austen-tatious debut, antiquarian bookstore proprietor Erin Coleridge uses her sense and sensibility to deduce who killed the president of the local Jane Austen Society.
Erin Coleridge’s used bookstore in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, England is a meeting place for the villagers and, in particular, for the local Jane Austen Society. At the Society’s monthly meeting, matters come to a head between the old guard and its young turks. After the meeting breaks for tea, persuasion gives way to murder―with extreme prejudice―when president Sylvia Pemberthy falls dead to the floor. Poisoned? Presumably…but by whom? And was Sylvia the only target?
Who Killed Blance DuBois?: New York mystery editor Claire Rawlings spends her days scrutinizing the motives and methods of fictitious criminals, and her precocious thirteen-year-old friend Meredith Lawrence has a keen eye for the facts of crime. So when she comes to New York to visit, the two mystery buffs work together to sleuth the truth about a real-life murder. When Claire's star author, the ferociously flirtatious Blanche Dubois, is found dead after eating a poisoned apple, there's no shortage of suspects. Many who knew her were jealous of her success–and just as many were put off by her haughty, demanding demeanor.