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.”
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.
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.
"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
BBC's Sherlock: A Review by Carole Bugge
Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #12 Paperback – April 24, 2014 ("click" here to visit magazine on Amazon)
The final story, labeled 90th Anniversary Fiction, is “Slaughter House” by Carole Bugge’, 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. Bugge’
.–- Keith West, Adventures Fantastic –- LINK to review
The last story is classified as 90th Anniversary Fiction, "Slaughter House", by Carole Bugge. 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
90th Anniversary Fiction – a short story by Carole Bugge
Weird Tales No 362 Journal – January 1, 2014
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The Lee Campbell Mysteries / C. E. Lawrence
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 Ian Hamilton Mysteries / Carole Lawrence
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.
New York mystery editor Claire Rawlings spends her days scrutinizing the motives and methods of fictitious criminals--but her precocious thirteen-year-old friend Meredith Lawrence has a keen eye for the cold, hard 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
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. . .
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.
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
C. E. Lawrence/Carole Bugge's short story "The Way It Is" has just been published in the bilingual literary journal diSONARE.
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The Claire Rawlings Mysteries / Carole Buggé
"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)