SHORTS & BOX SETS
Carolina Crimes: 19 Tales of Lust, Love, and Longing
PUBLISHED 2014, WILDSIDE PRESS
My short story Witch Hunt was published in Carolina Crimes. Witch Hunt is very different from the stories in my Jade O'Reilly mystery series. Witch Hunt is about what happens when a store selling risque merchandise burns in a small southern downtown. (Hint: More than edible lingerie goes up in flames.)
Here's the description of the book:
What goes together like tea & sympathy, rock & roll, or a skull & crossbones? Sex and crime. Nineteen members of Sisters in Crime living in the Carolinas serve up stories around the universal themes of lust, love, and longing, and the criminal consequences of thwarting theses human desires. Some stories are laugh-out-loud funny, others are evilly dark, but each packs a delicious read. Whether set in an ice cream parlor or an equestrian center, from World War II Washington DC to the high-tech playing fields of Research Triangle Park, furious, desperate, and betrayed characters step into crime with barely a twinge of misgiving. Frisky seniors, a psychic PI, a jealous mother-in-law, a manipulative stripper - all occupy a universe where, as Margaret Maron writes in the introduction, "Love can liberate, love can suffocate, and sometimes love can even lead to murder."
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Get Rid of the Gnome
When Detective Brian Vale resigned from the police force to be a stay-at-home dad, he never thought he'd use the skills he gained from years of detective work around the house. But that's before a neighbor asks him to solve a mystery: the neighbor's yard has been destroyed overnight, and a beloved gnome has disappeared. Granted, the crime isn't near as serious as the cases Brian worked on the force. Still, despite the activity a young daughter, toddler twins, and a 9-month-old bring to his life, Brian takes the case and finds himself intrigued. This short story is 25 pages in length.
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Tales from the Mist
Jade O'Reilly and the Graveyard Shift is included in this box set. Tales from the Mist will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages.
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