Join amateur sleuths, private detectives, and feisty female protagonists in a journey through time with this anthology of historical mysteries spanning nearly a thousand years, from Medieval Wales to 1940s Ohio. This collection of eight novellas and short stories is the perfect introduction to five award-winning series in settings ranging from the back streets of Elizabethan and Regency London to the steep slopes of Victorian San Francisco. Be careful not to turn your back!More info →
Amid the glitter and cut-throat rivalries of the international jewel trade, two sisters struggle for survival ... and love. A vicious act of treachery separated them in childhood. Now Cecily, a talented young appraiser of precious stones, and her emotionally fragile older sister Vanessa must each win personal battles in order to be reunited. In a world where loyalty is rarer than a flawless diamond and love is a luxury no one can afford, enemies old and new will do anything to destroy them.More info →
Featuring Nine Stories by Crime Writers Featured on the Crime Cafe podcast!
Bonus interviews with the authors included!
This boxed set includes the following crime fiction books by guest authors on the Crime Cafe podcast:
RUSSIAN ROULETTE by Austin Camacho
AN ALL-CONSUMING FIRE by Donna Fletcher Crow
SAVAGE NIGHTS by W.D. Gagliani
A MEMORY OF GRIEF by Dale T. Phillips
NO GAME FOR A DAME by M. Ruth Myers
GLASS EYE by Ben Sobieck
GYPSY'S KISS by Jim Winter
23 SHADES OF BLACK by Kenneth Wishnia
WAIST DEEP by Frank Zafiro
Join private investigator Maggie Sullivan for a fast-paced ride through streets and alleys of 1940s Dayton, Ohio, in the first four books of this historical mystery series that blends cozy with harboiled. The set includes the Shamus Award-winning novel Don’t Dare a Dame plus these titles: No Game for a Dame, Tough Cookie and Shamus in a Skirt.
NO GAME FOR A DAME – When a stranger who threatened her and wrecked her office winds up dead, 1940s private eye Maggie Sullivan finds herself taking on a crime boss.
TOUGH COOKIE – A high stakes swindler Maggie is hunting is found floating in the river. Now someone wants to silence her – and the corpse is strangely active.
DON’T DARE A DAME – A 25-year-old murder jeopardizes Maggie’s future as a private eye as well as her life when it points toward powerful people with political connections.
SHAMUS IN A SKIRT – Murder and theft at a posh hotel pits Maggie against well-heeled suspects fleeing the war in Europe.
Like mysteries with touches of humor, well-developed characters and a gritty little female who holds her own with the tough guys? Maggie’s your gal. More than 800 five-star reviews say once you slide into the passenger seat of Maggie’s DeSoto, you won’t want to get out. Buy the box set now.More info →
Heat has always sizzled between private investigators and the femme fatales who walk through their doors. But in this startling, original anthology, these 17 authors—many of them winners of the prestigious Shamus Award—from sizzle to steamy, illustrating that sex and crime not only go hand in hand, but reaches far deeper into the stirrings of the heart From classic detective tales by Max Allan Collins and Parnell Hall, to tales of infidelity and suspicion from Terrill Lee Lankford and David Housewright, to surprising stories of female detectives by M. Ruth Myers to Sara Paretsky, here is a sexy, bawdy spin on the art of detection and the law of attraction. Other clever and seductive tales are presented by Carolina Garcia-Aquilera, Justin Scott, Gary Phillips, Jerry Kennealy, Michael Bracken, Christine Matthews, Robert J. Randisi, Warren Murphy, Ted Fitzgerald, Dick Lochte, and John Lutz.
In all, these sexy damsels in distress and their all-too-willing investigators give new meaning to the term private…uh, you know. Fifty Shades of Grey Fedora will steam up even the most mundane stakeout.More info →
As WWII rages in the Pacific, relatives of a Japanese-American suspected of starting a fatal fire hire Ohio private investigator Maggie Sullivan to uncover the truth. Did he do it? Is he alive or dead? The police claim not to know what became of him, and there are hints of War Department involvement.
Tosh Hashimoto and his family are among some 150 Japanese-Americans brought to Dayton by a church coalition that found jobs and housing for them throughout the community. The more Maggie learns about the night of the fire, the more she believes Tosh is being framed.
Grieving the recent loss of a close childhood friend killed in battle, Maggie wrestles inner conflict over taking the case. A harrowing attack in an alley, the murder of a witness, and a racist warning gouged into her office filing cabinet fuel her resolve to push ahead.
Amid rationing, shortages, extra beds for noisy newcomers wedged into corners of her once-quiet rooming house, and an unexpected change in her personal life, Maggie scrambles to determine the identity of a killer who is more than willing to kill again.More info →