Published Works 

Short Stories

Surf's Up is published in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, #21. I'm so excited to see my name on the cover.

 

I wanted to challenge myself to write a shorter piece. While not quite flash (since it's just over 1,000 words), it is to date my shortest piece.

 

The story of what happens when a determined teenager surfs where a group of elderly bullies control the beach.

 

My Derringer nominated story, Murder Under the Baobab is published in the the November 2016 edition of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

 

Police Constables Kokuteta Mkama and Jamhuri Lubadsa are back! P.C. Jamhuri Lubadsa tells the tale of a bank robber who turned himself into a goat with witchcraft, and is now residing in the police outpost’s holding cells. P.C. Lubadsa is not a believer in mystical occurrences, but he does believe that someone managed to make the bank’s 100 million shillings disappear. The question is how.

 

 

 

 

So pleased to announce the The Discovery is finally out in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, #18! This one is a personal fave and has been in the queue a long time, so it's exciting to have it in print. 

 

Celeste meets American scholar Robert Carson and after a quick courtship, marries and moves to the U.S. where she discovers that not all that glitters is gold.

 

 

My Derringer winning story, The Twilight Ladies is available in EQMM! Check your local bookstores! Better yet, do you have a subscription? If not, and if you love a good mystery short story, I highly recommend you look into a yearly subscription. You won't be sorry!

 

Police Constable Kokuteta Mkama is summoned to her commander's office to document a rash of muggings in Mwanza, Tanzania by a mysterious young woman -- a twilight lady. Sifting through the clues, P.C. Mkama discovers that what at first seems to be random robberies of rich men has a distinct purpose. A purpose that she must decide whether to conceal or reveal.

 

 

 

Playing for Keeps is out in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, #14! Yay, I'm even on the cover! 

 

Albino Lucky Kajage, a once-celebrated Tanzanian guitarist, now finds his career hitting its lowest note. All that changes on a scorching January day in Dar es Salaam, when Lucky is offered a golden opportunity that could recapture his former glory. But events soon strike a discordant key, as Lucky finds himself ensnared in a deadly plot that may cost him his life.

 

Playing for Keeps is a chilling suspense tale that draws upon my long experience as a cultural anthropologist and East African specialist. Tanzania’s unique cultural context provides a fascinating backdrop for exploring universal themes of friendship, betrayal, and greed.

I'm honored to have a story, Monster Party, included in the latest volume of CHESAPEAKE CRIMES. The theme for this volume is HOMICIDAL HOLIDAYS and includes stories by Barb Goffman, Rosemary and Larry Mild, E.B. Davis, Shaun Taylor Bevins, Cathy Wiley, Art Taylor, Shari Randall, Carla Coupe, Timothy Bentler-Jungr, Linda Lombardi, Debbi Mack, Clyde Linsley, Donna Andrews, and yours truly. This is the best volume yet (and yes, I might be a little biased)! 

 

Jeanie loves her kids and her holidays, but a family friend seems determined to ruin her perfect parties. What's a girl to do?

 

 

Just the Facts is published in The Second Mystery Megapack from Wildside Press. This is the first short story I ever wrote (not including my middle school musings). Now available at Wildside Press or Amazon.


Mike Blontine is a PI caught in an unusual predicament. He's been tailing the wife of a client, and when she's been accused of murder he knows she couldn't have done it. DNA evidence says otherwise, as does his client, but Mike isn't content to let an innocent woman go to jail and decides he'd better track down the real killer.