For those of you striving to write your own mysteries, a helpful guide from experts is here! Mystery Writers of America has released "How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook from Mystery Writers of America", 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.)
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
"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
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.
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.
We were almost back! MWA New York’s in-person reading series has once again been postponed due to the COVID virus' resurgence. The event is now scheduled to happen in September. We will keep you informed, so please keep an eye on this space.
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.
To read the story, "Uncle Evil Eye" on their website, click here.
Jane Austen Society Mysteries?
Here is book one in the series.
Mystery Writer's Panel Video
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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?
The second Jane Austen Society Mystery hits the shelves on August 10!
Bookstore owner Erin Coleridge seeks the scoundrel who silenced a conference's keynote speaker in Elizabeth Blake's second charming Jane Austen Society mystery.
When the quaint English town of York hosts a Jane Austen Society conference, bookseller Erin Coleridge is glad to get out of Kirkbymoorside for a while--until featured speaker Barry Wolf suddenly perishes from what appears to be a heart attack.
Erin is suspicious, since Barry had no history of heart disease. But who did him in? To further complicate things, matters of the heart are putting Erin off her guard.
The Claire Rawlings Mysteries / Carole Buggé
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
It's available now, and it's a wonderful guide for any aspiring mystery writer! Click a button below to get it at your favorite bookseller.
Edinburgh Midnight interview in The Big Thrill
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.”
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 the July '20 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.
New media for Pride, Prejudice & Poison
A Day in the Life – Pride, Prejudice & Poison
Detective Ian Hamilton returns to the darkening shadows of nineteenth-century Scotland to track a killer on a profane mission of revenge.
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.
with Shelly Workinger at her blog,
Both Detective Inspector Peter Hemming and schoolteacher Jonathan Alder have made gestures of romantic interest. DI Hemming tries to persuade Erin that her entanglement in the murder investigation is far from sensible, but his entreaties come to naught. Dauntlessly, Erin joins forces with Kirkbymoorside's cat lady, Farnsworth, to ferret out the guilty party.
Pre-order now by clicking on the button below to go to your preferred bookseller. (An Audible version wil be released sometime later this year.)
MWA live readings at KGB Bar in NYC and on Zoom! POSTPONED!
Marc Bilgrey's Blog - Writer and Cartoonist:
"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."
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.
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 Big Thrill logo 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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Most alarming, the crimes conjure up the ghosts of Ian’s own past, including the mysterious deaths of his parents, which have haunted him for years. As two cases converge, science collides with the uncanny, and Ian must confront truths that are more disturbing than he could ever have imagined.
Spiritualism has captured the public’s imagination. Séances are all the rage, and Detective Ian Hamilton’s otherwise sensible aunt Lillian is not immune to their allure. But for Ian, indulging her superstitions has its limits. When members of Lillian’s circle of séance friends begin turning up dead, Ian doesn’t need a medium to tell him these aren’t freak accidents.
With the help of his friend Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian investigates, and he is soon drawn into a dark world of believers and tricksters, and a puzzling series of murders with no pattern, no motive, and no end in sight.
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.
An Interview with Ahmad Ali
I am available to appear at your book club meeting to talk with you about any of my works that you may be discussing. Granted, this is generally in the New York area, but I do make appearances across the country, so please inquire if you are interested. Thank you!
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
Ahmad is a wonderful ambassador for the arts. He's been working for years to capture the wisdom of artists, writers, musicians, activists and more. Always a great conversation with a very thoughtful person. Want to hear it? Click below to go to his SoundCloud page with our discussion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Interview in The Big Thrill for Pride, Prejudice & Poison
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.
Edinburgh Dusk: the 2nd Ian Hamilton Mystery