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 who she believes succumbed to the horrific effects of arsenic poisoning.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
China Grove, Third Edition features Carole Buggé's short story,
"Why I live at the Laundromat".
She is also a semi-finalist in the Ellen Gilchrist Prize in Short Fiction,
and the Featured Poet in this edition. Copies of this edition for sale
on the China Grove press website (link below).
90th Anniversary Fiction – a short story by Carole Buggé
Weird Tales No 362 Journal – January 1, 2014
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BBC's Sherlock: A Review by Carole Buggé
The Claire Rawlings Mysteries / Carole Buggé
"The final story, labeled 90th Anniversary Fiction, Slaughter House by Carole Buggé, appears to be intended as a tribute to the late Richard Matheson. It’s a grisly cautionary tale about spoiling one’s daughter and what happens when she doesn’t get what she wants. It’s extremely well-written, and I wouldn’t mind seeing more work by Ms. Buggé."
— Keith West, Adventures Fantastic — LINK to review
"The last story is classified as 90th Anniversary Fiction, Slaughter House, by Carole Buggé. In "The Eyrie", editor Marvin Kaye tells us that it is "a prologue to the same-named story about a haunted house from the July 1953 issue", by Richard Matheson. A woman named Mary O'Gary looks back at her youth when she was maid to the Slaughter family, and especially their spoiled daughter, Clarissa. Her parents threw a grand party and two brothers, Jon and Saul Edelman, attend. Clarissa is attracted to Jon who ignores her so she flirts with Saul. Jon still ignores her. Clarissa is so bothered she settles into a "black depression" and must be hospitalized. When she is released, her parents throw another grand party and tragedy strikes. Richard Matheson would have heartily approved of this story. I can pay it no higher compliment."
— Sam Tomaino, SF Review, November 2014 — LINK to review
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
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"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 HistoricalNovel Society
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.
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.
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.
This is the first in the Ian Hamilton Mysteries, available now. Click below .
Look for the second installment, Edinburgh Dusk, releasing in January, 2018.
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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.
Edinburgh Dusk releasing in September!
Sherlock Holmes receives a request for aid from Lord Cary, whose family home, Torre Abbey, is seemingly haunted. While skeptical, Holmes believes that the Carys are in danger, a belief that proves horrifyingly accurate when a household member dies mysteriously. As strange sightings and threatening apparitions become almost commonplace, Holmes and Watson must uncover the secrets of the abbey if they are to have any hope of protecting the living and avenging the dead.
The Lee Campbell Mysteries / C. E. Lawrence
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.”
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.
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
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.
"Sherlockians, there's cause to celebrate ... THE STAR OF INDIA is...a fine addition to the growing canon of Holmesian literature." (The Herald)
WHO KILLED BLANCHE DUBOIS is an obsolutely and wonderfully
clued story...captures the reader's imagination." (Romantic Times)
Praise for C. E. Lawrence and Silent Screams
"A dark, intriguing thriller." (Publisher's Weekly)
Silent Victim - "Lawrence keeps the adrenalin pumping,
building suspense on both banks of the Hudson." (Chronogram)