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The Affair of the Porcelain Dog (Ira Adler #1)

London 1889. Ira Adler, former rent-boy and present plaything of crime lord Cain Goddard has one job: to retrieve a stolen statue. Unfortunately, everyone else is after it, too, including two rival crime lords, and Ira’s bitter ex.

Turnbull House (Ira Adler #2) 

London 1891. Having escaped his life of crime, Ira’s new life is stable but dull. Then disaster strikes. Goddard offers him a way out of a bad situation. Will Ira hold fast to his principles, or will he succumb to the temptations of easy riches and lost pleasures?

Fool’s Gold (Ira Adler #3)

For once, Ira Adler has it easy.  Suddenly, an explosion turns everything upside down. Eager to leave London, Ira accompanies his friends to America, and before he knows it,  is up to his neck in train robbers, rattlesnakes, unscrupulous cattle kings, and persistent young women driven to frenzy by his exotic accent. Just when he’s ready to flee back to Britain, Ira gets a fistful of second chances. But London is calling. Will Ira answer? Or will he embrace a new life abroad?


The Left Hand of Justice

Starvation and disease haunt the streets of 1820s Paris, while supernatural terror stalks the night. The once-famous police force is a shambles, its elite Bureau of Supernatural Investigations disbanded. Only Detective Inspector Elise Corbeau remains, spared by a shadowy protector for a purpose not even she knows.


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Cornwall, 1888. If anyone deserved to be murdered, it was Davy Sowden. So when someone finally kills him, Dr. Elizabeth Bell is not surprised. But when she and her lover, Alice, become suspects in his murder, Eliza won’t just need to prove who did it, but also who didn’t.



The Strange Case of the Big Sur Benefactor
Billiwack, CA, 1894. When translator Rosetta Stein comes across her rival, Bartholomew Vincent, under attack by weird, raven-headed man-beasts behind the infamous Puckered Rosebud Gentleman’s Club, she senses opportunity. She rescues him in exchange for a crack at the commission he stole from under her nose–a strangely inscribed artifact found by Big Sur bigwig George Taylor Granville in the Santa Lucia mountains. Misfortune has stalked Vincent from the moment he took on the project, and he’s only too happy to share it. In the meantime, a lady marshal has come to Billiwack, investigating rumors of strange, unlicensed weapons, and she can’t seem to decide if she’d rather kiss Rosetta or arrest her. And Vincent is suffering romantic complications of his own, in the forms of Rosetta’s charming layabout brother, and an amorous professor who won’t take God, no! for an answer.


As the mystery editor for Elm Books, I put together a number of anthologies every year. I love to work with new writers, as well as experienced ones. If you have a short mystery story looking for a home, please check for submission calls at the Elm Books website. Our anthologies pay a share of royalties, and appear in both print and ebook formats.


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Death and a Cup of Tea

Eight talented authors weave stories of tea and murder. Coming soon from Elm Books.


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Fae Love

Stories of supernatural romance (edited by Jess Faraday). One story from this collection (Chimera’s Tail by Julianna Comyn) won the 2014 Aspen Gold Reader’s Choice Award in the short story category. Two others were finalists.



Undeath and the Detective  A collection of spooky mysteries! Finalist for the 2014 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for best anthology.




Available now from  Elm Books.

Death and the Detective

Tales of murder and mayhem. Featuring my story Golden Handcuffs.



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Death on a Cold Night 

A sampler of short mysteries from a group of talented authors.



Short Stories




My story Deadfall appears in the anthology Time’s Rainbow from Launch Point Press.




Check out my short stories in Mischief Corner Books Quarterly, #2 and #5.





Tales of the Great Detectives, featuring my story Eliminating the Impossible. A collection of stories featuring Sherlock Holmes in an alternate universe.



Death and the Detective

Death and the Detective. Tales of murder and mayhem. Featuring my story Golden Handcuffs.




Women of the Dark Streets, featuring my story The Trickster Codex. Paranormal tales of Sapphic passion and intrigue. Winner of the 2013 Golden Crown Literary Society Award in the category of non-erotic anthology.




Connections (out of print), featuring my story A Different Magic.





My first sale! (And, unfortunately, out of print). Brother Seamas and the Map of the Miracles to Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, for a big $5. I was grinning for a week.

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