suspects authors, I mean 🙂 Below you will find and meet the authors of Death Among Us.
First, may I remind you of the book details. When it was launched for pre-release, I made an announcement in this post. Second, it’s on pre-order for only 99 cents or 99 pence. This is the pre-order link.
Better to pre-order at 0.99 than pay the full regular price following release day on July 7.
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Who knew death could be so eclectic? Relish this mesmerizing murder mystery mash-up of short stories.
The stories include the 2019 SIA Award-Winning Murder Mystery Short Story ‘The Rose Slayer.’
Murder and mystery have been the staple of literature and films for years. This anthology of short stories will thrill and entertain you. Some will also make you laugh out loud. Others will stop and make you think.
Think of this murder mystery short story anthology as a book version of appetizers or starters, hors d’oeuvre, meze, or antipasti. It can be read as fillers between books or, as is the case in some countries, as a bookish meze – in its own right.
These stories come from an international cast of authors; some with bestselling books, others are emerging or new talents. Their roots, cultures, and life experiences are as diverse as their writing styles.
But one thing binds them together: they know how to tell a story.
There’s murder mystery styles and locations to suit all tastes: detective fiction, serial killers, scifi, histfic, Paris, LA, England, the Caribbean, The Great Lakes, and more in an exquisite exposition of the art of short story telling.
The eleven authors who have contributed to the anthology are:
- Stephen Bentley
- Greg Alldredge
- Kelly Artieri
- Brenda Mohammed
- L. Lee Kane
- Michael Spinelli
- Sansriti Johri
- Robbie Cheadle
- Kay Castaneda
- Justin Bauer
- Aly Locatelli
Each author introduces his or her stories and the theme that lies behind them.By the time you finish the book, you will agree the result is a mesmerizing murder mystery mash-up.
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Meet the Authors
This is how the authors’ bios read in the anthology, how they introduce their stories, plus a quirky or interesting piece of biographical information for each author that is their own “secret.” A secret they have divulged to me or I have discovered it.
Stephen Bentley is a former UK undercover cop, police Detective Sergeant, and barrister (trial attorney), now a freelance writer, author and occasional contributor to HuffPost UK on undercover policing. He is the author of the bestselling undercover cop memoir, ‘Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story.’
His short story ‘The Rose Slayer’ was a winner in the Support Indie Authors (SIA) 2019 murder mystery short story competition. One of the rules was each story must include this line of dialogue: “when I saw the bouquet of seven roses, I knew exactly who had murdered Mrs. O’Connell.”
Stephen went on to submit three stories to this competition and they all appear in the following pages.
“Despite having written my undercover cop memoir and several fiction books, I had never written short stories until I entered the SIA competition. I was hooked! There is something about shorts that’s both interesting to write and read. I hope you enjoy them.” – Stephen Bentley
You may find all Stephen’s books on his Amazon Author Page.
Did you know Stephen at various times has been a London motorcycle courier, a truck driver, and a hospital night porter? He worked at all three while studying for his law degree and training to qualify as a barrister.
“I believe the birth of artificial intelligence will be the next earthshattering issue that faces our race. I believe the day will come sooner rather than later. I wanted to explore the idea in the far future.
How we treat the birth of AI will not be nearly as important as how the new being screams into existence.
Please enjoy the journey.” – Greg Alldredge
Greg Alldredge grew up reading all the excellent science fiction and fantasy of the past decades. He hopes to add his voice, in a small way, to the giants of the genres. He wants to write stories he himself would want to read and hopes to be successful as a storyteller first.
He currently is currently living out of a suitcase, with his wife Connie and no pets. They travel too much.
You may find all Greg’s books on his Amazon Author Page.
Did you know Greg has been married for almost 34 years? … to the same person!
Kelly Artieri is a professional illustrator and award-winning author of a personal memoir A Spot in My Heart. Awarded the Grand Prize of the 2017 TCK Publishing Readers’ Choice, her book not only won top honors, but was also voted the winner in the memoir genre. Living in the Buffalo, New York area, Kelly is a passionate storyteller about real life. Now she is using her creative voice at story telling murder mystery style.
As an avid boater on Lake Ontario, Artieri has chosen to write about life on the lake. The beauty and mythological siren-like draw of the water mask the dangers that lurk below.
Did you know you can get to meet Kelly on May 18, 2019 10:00 – 2:00 pm at the Local Literature Author Event. Newfane Community Center, 2896 Transit Road. Newfane, NY?
Brenda Mohammed is from Trinidad in the Caribbean.
She is an award-winning, multi-genre author, and poet, who has written twenty-one books.
Since she started writing she has won several awards for most of her books.
In November 2018 she travelled to Miami to collect two prestigious awards from Readers Favorite International for her science fiction novel Zeeka Chronicles and a memoir I Am Cancer Free.
Brenda believes “The Sky is not the Limit. The Mind is.”
The three stories she has contributed, Unforgettable Night In Paris, Bloody Murder, and Dead Business are based on greed and evil minds which lead to murder.
You may find all Brenda’s books on her Amazon Author Page.
Did you know Brenda was a bank manager and insurance professional in her native Trinidad?
L. Lee Kane
L. Lee Kane, MA in Education, PPS, School Psychologist, and Learning Disability Specialist, is the author of Death on the Vine, Chilled to the Bones, and The Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession. She has written several children’s books, including Clyde to the Rescue, Matty’s Adventures in Numberland, Cowboy Jack and Buddy Save Santa, Katerina Ballerina, and Witch Number is Which. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and seven horses in the Central Valley of California.
My short stories are a work of fiction although through my work I’ve helped many victims who have been abused, and then abused again through the system. This is their story.
All her books may be found on her Amazon Author Page.
L. Lee Kane is better known as Linda to many. Did you know Linda began riding horses at the age of 49, competing and win with her American Saddlebreds for the last 18 years.
When asked to add something to her formal bio, Linda says:
“It proves that your never too old to learn and do something new…oh and I’ve been married for 48 years to my best friend with whom I’ve lived a life of love, support, and adventure.”
Michael Spinelli is married with two children, a transplant from New York to Florida.
Mike enjoys family time, reading, watching movies and of course, writing things that increase your heart rate.
Mike is contributing two stories to this collection.
The first, No Man’s Land follows a search into an unknown and eerie rock formation in the middle of the desert for a dangerous escaped fugitive.
The second story titled, Coup de Grâce, concerns a woman brought in for interrogations regarding her husband’s sudden and suspicious disappearance.
Michael Spinelli is the author of two books, ‘Wake’ and ‘Target’, available now on Amazon.
Did you know Michael Spinelli is a budding actor? He plays a part in a film called King James, a We Massacre Productions production.
Sansriti Johri is an author from India. She is the Managing Director of EsquireVJ Publication House and CEO at San Edification, a columnist at Qualpharma International magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Gyaandeep magazine.
She is a former Officer with the Customs Department India, but now follows her passion of writing and her dreams.
Sansriti Johri loves innovation and takes up challenges. Her book, Ripples is the first bedside book, created with the purpose of drawing away people from gadgets towards books that induce a peaceful sleep. The book is nominated for the Reader’s Choice Awards 2019 by TCK publishing.
The switch over to writing murder mystery from micro poetry has been another challenge for her. The two stories from Sansriti Johri in the anthology are Closed Book and The Missing Key.
Did you know Sansriti Johri has a son following in her literary footsteps?
Robbie, short for Roberta, Cheadle is an author with six published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II , While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s books are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. Robbie Cheadle’s Amazon Author Page may be found here.
Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, to differentiate this genre from her children’s books, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle.
As Robbie Cheadle, she has previously written two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre in a #1 best-selling anthology; a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors.
Robbie’s short stories for this anthology all include a historical setting and a murder combined with a supernatural element. The three stories all depict the tale of an unnatural death. The theme of the stories is to illustrate that how we view ourselves and our role in life impacts heavily on how we shape our futures. They also demonstrate the fact that our choices in life, good or bad, remain with us into perpetuity. Evil and goodness do not die, they merely change form.
Did you know Robbie has written 7 publications on capital markets and foreign direct investment into Africa? She has also won four awards at the Deal Makers Awards events in Johannesburg, South Africa in February 2019.
I chose this theme about encountering death when I was inspired by a news article. A dead pregnant woman was found in a old house that had been deserted by the owners. I continued thinking about the woman and what lead to her death. These two stories are narrated by a woman who discovers or finds dead bodies. Her name is Emily Morales.
Kay Castaneda is retired from a career as a college writing instructor and special education tutor. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in English at Indiana University.
Her publications include poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction in literary journals plus articles about education for scholarly reference books. Kay attended writing seminars in Lithuania, Scotland, and Mexico.
Her hobbies include reading, especially Russian novels, watching crime shows on TV and genealogy. Kay’s talents include daydreaming, inventing characters for future writing and baking.
She published a novel based on her experiences growing up in the Midwest, Emmie of Indianapolis. She is currently researching the history of Ireland for a novel based on her ancestors. Her work in progress is a mystery novel with an amateur female sleuth. Future plans include teaching online writing classes. Kay lives in Mexico with her husband Tony and dog Buddy.
Did you know how good a story-teller Kay is? I asked for a snippet for this ‘did you know slot’ and what follows is what I got 😊 – I’ll let Kay tell her own story:
I traveled alone to Lithuania to attend a writing seminar. I won a scholarship to attend Summer Literary Seminar’s program in Vilnius, Lithuania. Imagine a middle-aged woman from the Midwestern United States flying alone to a country that I only knew as being ‘close to Russia. ” Nobody speaks English except hotel workers, you can’t pay with dollars, euros or pounds, only the official Lita. I stayed a month and took classes in an old house that was once the residence of Czar Nicholas’ cousin which is a catch-all term for illicit lovers or illegitimate children.
I had so many adventures that I started writing a novel. Vilnius has so much history and religious significance. Nearly the entire city population was murdered by the occupying Germans because they were Jewish. Thousands of Jews lived there and it was known as Jerusalem of the North. I touched the spot on the Vilnius Cathedral wall where the people’s protest began which stretched person to person to the Baltic Sea. The protest started the breakdown of the Soviet Union.
For the first week when I left my hotel in the morning to walk to the class location, a man followed me. The first day, I was scared. The second day, I turned around to get a look at him. Good God! He was scary ugly and looked just like one of those actors in a Russian spy movie. He was NOT the romantic lead.
On Friday, the end of my first week there, I slowed down and pretended to tie my shoe as he passed by. I hadn’t noticed the sign on the building he entered every morning until then. Embassy of Russia! Vilnius is the capital city of Lithuania and it seemed that every country in the world has an embassy there. I still suspect a lot of espionage occurs in that city. That man was everywhere I went. Every church, cafe, book store, even a department store, I would turn around and he’d be there.
So, Boris as I secretly named him will be a character in the novel. Now that I’m retired from teaching, I will have the time to do research for my book. It will be historical fiction. The only negative thing I can say about Lithuania is you have to be careful when ordering donuts. I didn’t appreciate finding a dill pickle inside a donut. Or dill butter inside a vanilla pastry. I did have fun sitting at tables drinking coffee with little old women wearing babushkas, those traditional head coverings Eastern European women wear. The contrast between the old women and young modern girls was amazing. I’m so glad I had that experience. I’ve been trying to talk my husband into going back with me for more research for my book.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Justin Bauer studied English Literature at the Ohio State University, graduating in 2016.
Before all that he studied Music at Hocking College, where he produced music, studied abroad, and worked at the campus recording studio. His musical resume ranges from heavy metal to musical theatre, while his literary ambitions include themes of satire, mystery, modernism, and tragedy. He’s a freaking ball of sunshine.
He is the author of The Blue Moon Catastrophe, Tin Foil Hat, and Beatrix and the Wooden Dagger.
The two stories he has contributed, Sales Meeting, and Canceled, are based on resentful motives, excess, and greed, all of which is set in a hotel.
You may find all Justin’s books on his Amazon Author Page.
Did you know Justin once played the drums at the famous London Palladium?
There you are. I do hope you enjoyed meeting the authors as much as I have enjoyed working with them. They are as diverse a crew as you could wish to meet, That’s one of the reasons this anthology of short stories will enthrall you.
I know. I have read them all.
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Credits for all Death Among Us memes and promo graphics: Robbie Cheadle
Death Among Us Cover Design: The Cover Collection