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“The Walk Home at Midnight” in Recoil, Shotgun Honey Presents, volume 4. (May 2020).

“Thick as Thieves,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (May/June 2019).

“Rides with Strangers” in Adirondack Mysteries and Other Mountain Tales: Volume 3, North Country Books, 2018. Read more about it

“Here!” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (May 2016).

“Grave Doubts: A Mystery & Magic Short Story,” Amazon Kindle Single, 2015. Originally in The Ghostbreakers: New Horrors, 2003, this is a newly revised and expanded edition. My historical sources

“Show Stopper” in Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War, ed. Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson, Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
2015 Thriller Award Finalist for best short story
More about the writing and research

“Purse Strings,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (April 2014).
Read about the setting and research

“Wampum” in Adirondack Mysteries and other Mountain Tales: Volume 2, North Country Books, 2012.
My historical sources

“Forgotten Man,” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (April 2011).
An excerpt.
Read about the historical research.

“Warpath” in Adirondack Mysteries: And Other Mountain Tales, North Country Books, 2009.
My historical sources

“Maddie in the Middle” in Medium of Murder,  Red Coyote Press, 2008.

“Solomon’s Wedding,” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (Jan/Feb 2007).

“One for the Road,” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (Jan/Feb 2006).
Available for free through a Mystery Place/Podomatic podcast

“The Maidservant’s Letter,” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (Jan/Feb 2004).
My historical sources

“Grave Doubts” in The Ghostbreakers: New Horrors anthology, Rage Machine, 2003.

“The Walk Home at Midnight” in Recoil, Shotgun Honey Presents, volume 4. (May 2020).
A stalker and creepy country back roads in the dead of night.

“Thick as Thieves,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (May/June 2019).
The criminal underworld of 18th century London and two women pickpockets who may or may not be the best of friends.

“Rides with Strangers” in Adirondack Mysteries and Other Mountain Tales: Volume 3, North Country Books, 2018.
The perils of wilderness hitchhiking. Read more about it

“Here!” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (May 2016).
A flash fiction featuring feuding friends, a duel, and death at dawn.

“Grave Doubts: A Mystery & Magic Short Story,” Amazon Kindle Single, 2015.
Originally in The Ghostbreakers: New Horrors, 2003, this is a newly revised and expanded edition.
It’s 846 Anno Domini and Francia is being terrorized by Vikings and their heathen magic. Something is killing cows, removing the flesh, and etching the skeletons with runes. Has this evil been unleashed by a pair of Viking corpses and rune stones discovered in fresh graves? An ex-knight newly turned priest is forced to partner with a stubborn Frankish peasant to solve the riddle of the runes and battle Viking magic. Will they be able to save the village and its cows? My historical sources

“Show Stopper” in Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War, ed. Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson, Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
Killer Soviet fashion, the Cold War, the Soviet Exhibition of Science, Technology, and Culture at the New York Coliseum in 1959.
2015 Thriller Award Finalist for best short story
More about the writing and research

“Purse Strings,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (April 2014).
Kidnapping and corruption, knights in rusty armor, dusty summer streets, and Sir Thibaut in service to a lovely Jewish moneylender.
Read about the setting and research

“Wampum” in Adirondack Mysteries and other Mountain Tales: Volume 2, North Country Books, 2012.
A historical thriller short story and sequel to “Warpath.”
My historical sources

“Forgotten Man,” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (April 2011).
Set in NYC’s Bowery during the Great Depression. An excerpt.
Read about the historical research.

“Warpath” in Adirondack Mysteries: And Other Mountain Tales, North Country Books, 2009.
Adultery and murder in the the 17th Adirondacks.
My historical sources

“Maddie in the Middle” in Medium of Murder,  Red Coyote Press, 2008.
Prohibition, West Virginia. Two sisters and a problem.

“Solomon’s Wedding,” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (Jan/Feb 2007).
One man, two women in 1950s any town USA.

“One for the Road,” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (Jan/Feb 2006).
Prohibition Detroit. A gun moll runs afoul of bootleggers over her purse. Available for free through a Mystery Place/Podomatic podcast

“The Maidservant’s Letter,” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (Jan/Feb 2004).
Paris, 1742. Vincent de l’Amour, professional love letter-writer, and Radnor, royal police officer, partner to solve a mystery.
My historical sources

“Grave Doubts” in The Ghostbreakers: New Horrors anthology, Rage Machine, 2003.

“Show Stopper”

The Cold War. 1959. The Soviet Exhibition of Science, Technology, and Culture at the New York Coliseum and “killer” Soviet fashion. More about the writing and research
Ice Cold, Mystery Writers of America Anthology, ed. Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson, Tekno Books/Hachette (forthcoming 2014)

“Purse Strings”

Kidnapping and corruption, knights and rusty armor, dusty summer streets, and Sir Thibaut the cripple in service to Basilia, a lovely and savvy Jewish moneylender. Read about the setting and research
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (forthcoming)

“Suspicion”

A creepy story of wilderness hitchhiking.
Adirondack Mysteries and Other Mountain Tales: Volume 3 (forthcoming)
Read more about it

“Wampum”

In Adirondack Mysteries and other Mountain Tales: Volume 2 North Country Books, 2012.

A Native American historical thriller short story and sequel to “Warpath”

“Forgotten Man”

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, April 2011.

Set in NYC’s Bowery during the Great Depression. An excerpt. Read about the historical research.

“Warpath”

Adultery and murder in the Adirondacks among the 17th century Mohawk Indians

Adirondack Mysteries: And Other Mountain Tales from North Country Books, October 2009

Historical sources

“Maddie in the Middle”

Prohibition, West Virginia

in Medium of Murder from Red Coyote Press, 2008

“Solomon’s Wedding”

One man, two women in 1950s any town USA.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (Jan/Feb 2007)

“One for the Road”

In Prohibition Detroit, a gun moll runs afoul of bootleggers.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (Jan/Feb 2006)


“The Maidservant’s Letter”

Paris, 1742
Vincent de l’Amour, professional letter-writer, and Radnor, royal police officer

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (Jan/Feb 2004)

“Grave Doubts”

Diocese of Nantes, France, 843 A.D., Aeneas, priest and Bishop’s nephew, battles Viking ghosts

The Ghostbreakers: New Horrors (2003) anthology from Cyberpulp, available POD from Lulu

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