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Lourdes Venard

Lourdes Venard - Editor

Creative, collaborative editor, with more than 30 years of editing experience in publishing and journalism.

Overview

I am an experienced editor with more than 30 years of writing and editing experience, from major U.S. newspapers to published books. My specialties are crime fiction, science fiction and fantasy, novels with ethnic or racial themes (e.g., Hispanic or African-American), YA (Young Adult), and general literature. My nonfiction work is varied.

In addition, I teach beginning and intermediate copyediting through the University of California, San Diego, and other venues.

My approach is to work with you collaboratively while also sharing my knowledge of the ever-changing publishing industry. I aim to preserve your voice while polishing your manuscript.


Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure African American fiction Anthologies Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Economics Parenting & Families Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Editing instructor

University of California, San Diego

January, 2012 – Present (almost 5 years)

I teach beginning and intermediate copyediting as part of a certificate program in copyediting.

President and Editor

Comma Sense Editing

January, 2010 – Present (almost 7 years)

I am an independent editor with individual clients, as well as ongoing corporate clients.

News Editor

Newsday

November, 1995 – June, 2015 (over 19 years)

News editor in charge of an editing team. Edited local, foreign, national, and business news, as well as special projects. Part of Pulitzer Prize-winning team.

Copy Editor

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

June, 1994 – November, 1995 (over 1 year)

Copy Editor

Chicago Tribune

June, 1993 – June, 1994 (12 months)

Selected for highly regarded one-year editing program.

Reporter and Copy Editor

The Miami Herald

January, 1985 – May, 1994 (over 9 years)

Part of Pulitzer Prize-winning team.

Portfolio (45 selected works)

The Spider Catchers (Lee Carruthers #1)

Marilynn Larew

Fresh off the red-eye from Baghdad, CIA analyst Lee Carruthers has to hop an Air France flight to Morocco. Alicia Harmon has disappeared from her office in Fez after reporting that she has found a new line of money going to terrorists. When Lee gets to Fez, she can't discover what Alicia has found out, because her files are encrypted, but she immediately becomes the target of attacks and may s... read more

Fresh off the red-eye from Baghdad, CIA analyst Lee Carruthers has to hop an Air France flight to Morocco. Alicia Harmon has disappeared from her office in Fez after reporting that she has found a new line of money going to terrorists. When Lee gets to Fez, she can't discover what Alicia has found out, because her files are encrypted, but she immediately becomes the target of attacks and may s... read more

Gone But Not Goodbye: A Nathan Miccoli Mystery (The Nathan Miccoli Series Book 2)

A R Kennedy

At the end of "Gone But Not Missed," we left Nathan and Lily on the boardwalk in Long Beach, New York. Weeks later we find them apart – physically by hundreds of miles and emotionally by very different views of their relationship. Lily is haunted by the kidnapping, consumed by thoughts of him. Nathan is burdened with an inept partner, who may ruin his career as an NYPD detective, just as it's ... read more

At the end of "Gone But Not Missed," we left Nathan and Lily on the boardwalk in Long Beach, New York. Weeks later we find them apart – physically by hundreds of miles and emotionally by very different views of their relationship. Lily is haunted by the kidnapping, consumed by thoughts of him. Nathan is burdened with an inept partner, who may ruin his career as an NYPD detective, just as it's ... read more

The Hanged Man's Noose: A Glass Dolphin Mystery (Glass Dolphin Mysteries Book 1)

Judy Penz Sheluk

Small-town secrets and subterfuge lead to murder in this fast-moving, deftly written tale of high-stakes real estate wrangling gone amok. Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in Lount’s Landing, a small town named after a colorful 19th century Canadian traitor. As she interviews the local business owners for the magazine, Emily quickly learns... read more

Small-town secrets and subterfuge lead to murder in this fast-moving, deftly written tale of high-stakes real estate wrangling gone amok. Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in Lount’s Landing, a small town named after a colorful 19th century Canadian traitor. As she interviews the local business owners for the magazine, Emily quickly learns... read more

Orb

Gary Tarulli

Three months outbound from Earth and the starship Desio approaches its planetary destination, her crew eager to commence a mission of scientific discovery. Kyle Lorenzo, however, has a personal reason for being on board--an inner conflict that will ultimately propel him to explore not only the furthest reaches of an enigmatic ocean world but the nebulous recesses of his inner psyche. It is dur... read more

Three months outbound from Earth and the starship Desio approaches its planetary destination, her crew eager to commence a mission of scientific discovery. Kyle Lorenzo, however, has a personal reason for being on board--an inner conflict that will ultimately propel him to explore not only the furthest reaches of an enigmatic ocean world but the nebulous recesses of his inner psyche. It is dur... read more

The Inverted Mask

Izzy Doroski

The Inverted Mask takes the reader on a thrilling adventure through the pine barrens of eastern Long Island, the heights of the Catskill Mountains, and the depths of subterranean particle-beam tunnels hundreds of feet below Long Island. Physicist Dr. Jon Sanborne, and his fiancée, psychiatrist Dr. Marta Padlo, are drawn into an intrigue that spans decades, continents, and the nature of reality... read more

The Inverted Mask takes the reader on a thrilling adventure through the pine barrens of eastern Long Island, the heights of the Catskill Mountains, and the depths of subterranean particle-beam tunnels hundreds of feet below Long Island. Physicist Dr. Jon Sanborne, and his fiancée, psychiatrist Dr. Marta Padlo, are drawn into an intrigue that spans decades, continents, and the nature of reality... read more

Deadly Reunion (A Cealie Gunther Mystery Book 3)

June Shaw

On a trip that will make readers recall reunions they didn’t want to attend (but went to anyway), widowed Cealie Gunther gets a call to join friends from high school for a get-together during an Alaskan cruise. She hasn’t seen them for years, but jumps in when she learns a good female friend who’s attending has a major problem to solve. There are other good reasons to get away too. Cealie can ... read more

On a trip that will make readers recall reunions they didn’t want to attend (but went to anyway), widowed Cealie Gunther gets a call to join friends from high school for a get-together during an Alaskan cruise. She hasn’t seen them for years, but jumps in when she learns a good female friend who’s attending has a major problem to solve. There are other good reasons to get away too. Cealie can ... read more

Murder at Peacock Mansion (Blue Plate Café Mysteries Book 3)

Judy Alter

Arson, a bad beating, and a recluse who claims someone is trying to kill her all collide in this third Blue Plate Café Mystery with Kate Chambers. Torn between trying to save David Clinkscales, her old boss and new lover, and curiosity about Edith Aldridge’s story of an attempt on her life, Kate has to remind herself she has a café to run. She nurses a morose David, whose spirit has been hurt ... read more

Arson, a bad beating, and a recluse who claims someone is trying to kill her all collide in this third Blue Plate Café Mystery with Kate Chambers. Torn between trying to save David Clinkscales, her old boss and new lover, and curiosity about Edith Aldridge’s story of an attempt on her life, Kate has to remind herself she has a café to run. She nurses a morose David, whose spirit has been hurt ... read more

Cimarrona

Sara Monteagudo

RAW COURAGE...SHARP INSTINCTS...AN INNATE SENSE OF JUSTICE...Using the 19th century timeline as an instrument of magical realism, Chabelis accelerates the reader through the events that lead up to the Spanish-American War in the YA novel, CIMARRONA. Trained by the cimarron, the wild men who live in the hills of Cuba, to shoot her prey and lead trails of captive slaves to freedom, twelve-year-o... read more

RAW COURAGE...SHARP INSTINCTS...AN INNATE SENSE OF JUSTICE...Using the 19th century timeline as an instrument of magical realism, Chabelis accelerates the reader through the events that lead up to the Spanish-American War in the YA novel, CIMARRONA. Trained by the cimarron, the wild men who live in the hills of Cuba, to shoot her prey and lead trails of captive slaves to freedom, twelve-year-o... read more

Deadly Reunion (A Cealie Gunther Mystery Book 3)

June Shaw

On a trip that will make readers recall reunions they didn’t want to attend (but went to anyway), widowed Cealie Gunther gets a call to join friends from high school for a get-together during an Alaskan cruise. She hasn’t seen them for years, but jumps in when she learns a good female friend who’s attending has a major problem to solve. There are other good reasons to get away too. Cealie can ... read more

On a trip that will make readers recall reunions they didn’t want to attend (but went to anyway), widowed Cealie Gunther gets a call to join friends from high school for a get-together during an Alaskan cruise. She hasn’t seen them for years, but jumps in when she learns a good female friend who’s attending has a major problem to solve. There are other good reasons to get away too. Cealie can ... read more

The Perfect Coed

Judy Alter

Susan Hogan is smart, pretty—and prickly. There was no other word for it. She is prickly with Jake Phillips and her Aunt Jenny, the two people who love her most in the world. And she is prickly and impatient with some of her academic colleagues and the petty jealousies in the English department at Oak Grove University. When a coed’s body is found in her car and she is suspected of murder, Susa... read more

Susan Hogan is smart, pretty—and prickly. There was no other word for it. She is prickly with Jake Phillips and her Aunt Jenny, the two people who love her most in the world. And she is prickly and impatient with some of her academic colleagues and the petty jealousies in the English department at Oak Grove University. When a coed’s body is found in her car and she is suspected of murder, Susa... read more

Sweet Asylum (A Peter Ainsley Mystery Book 4)

Tracy L. Ward

Unable to shake the oppressive atmosphere of the city after a life changing case, Dr. Peter Ainsley retreats to his family’s country estate near Tunbridge Wells to find asylum and perhaps forgiveness. The discovery of a strange girl in the back woods introduces him, and his sister, Margaret, to the peculiar Owen family with a questionable reputation in town rooted in nefarious gambling activit... read more

Unable to shake the oppressive atmosphere of the city after a life changing case, Dr. Peter Ainsley retreats to his family’s country estate near Tunbridge Wells to find asylum and perhaps forgiveness. The discovery of a strange girl in the back woods introduces him, and his sister, Margaret, to the peculiar Owen family with a questionable reputation in town rooted in nefarious gambling activit... read more

Mantle: The Return of the Sha

Gary Bregar

An innocent world threatened. A king desperate to save his queen. A young girl realizes her immense power. In a world rooted in magic, Lizabet Abbot was seemingly born without any magical gifts of her own—a circumstance unheard of in her kingdom. She is an outcast in her own land, with few friends to call her own. But when her sister is kidnapped by minions of the evil kingdom of Skite, Lizabe... read more

An innocent world threatened. A king desperate to save his queen. A young girl realizes her immense power. In a world rooted in magic, Lizabet Abbot was seemingly born without any magical gifts of her own—a circumstance unheard of in her kingdom. She is an outcast in her own land, with few friends to call her own. But when her sister is kidnapped by minions of the evil kingdom of Skite, Lizabe... read more

Confetti: A Collection of Cozy Crimes

Patricia L. Morin

From a theme party in Mizpah, NJ, to a surfing incident on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, murders are planned. From a Malibu beach with remote control cars, to the northern hills of Las Vegas, people are disappearing. "Confetti" is a colorful mixture of delightful stories.

From a theme party in Mizpah, NJ, to a surfing incident on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, murders are planned. From a Malibu beach with remote control cars, to the northern hills of Las Vegas, people are disappearing. "Confetti" is a colorful mixture of delightful stories.

Edge of Darkness (The Darkness Series Book 2)

Gregory Delaurentis

Kevin Whitehouse returns to his sleepy hometown of Brandon, Vermont to attend the funeral of his father, an apparent suicide. However, once he settles in and gets his bearings, he feels compelled to delve further into the circumstances of his father’s death, which is looking ever more suspicious. When a series of murders that seem connected come to light, Kevin and his cohorts, David Allerton,... read more

Kevin Whitehouse returns to his sleepy hometown of Brandon, Vermont to attend the funeral of his father, an apparent suicide. However, once he settles in and gets his bearings, he feels compelled to delve further into the circumstances of his father’s death, which is looking ever more suspicious. When a series of murders that seem connected come to light, Kevin and his cohorts, David Allerton,... read more

Gone But Not Together: The Nathan Miccoli Mystery Series, #4

A R Kennedy

The cracks are beginning to show… Thrust into an undercover assignment, with a new partner, Nathan is prepared for neither. Lily is at Annie’s, trying to keep everything together -- contemplating the biggest decision she’s ever faced. Will they find a way back to each other?

The cracks are beginning to show… Thrust into an undercover assignment, with a new partner, Nathan is prepared for neither. Lily is at Annie’s, trying to keep everything together -- contemplating the biggest decision she’s ever faced. Will they find a way back to each other?

The Moon To Play With: A Daughter's Journey through Love, Loss, and the Power of Presence

Wendy Karasin

"This inspirational memoir travels one woman’s road to generational adulthood as she resists, then embraces, her parents’ aging and eventual deaths. Wendy Karasin’s descriptive passages offer readers the opportunity to experience the normalcy and enormity of what happens in her life. As Wendy is pushed into a caregiving role that grows exponentially, she must surrender to an inability to alter... read more

"This inspirational memoir travels one woman’s road to generational adulthood as she resists, then embraces, her parents’ aging and eventual deaths. Wendy Karasin’s descriptive passages offer readers the opportunity to experience the normalcy and enormity of what happens in her life. As Wendy is pushed into a caregiving role that grows exponentially, she must surrender to an inability to alter... read more

The Dead Among Us (A Peter Ainsley Mystery Book 3)

Tracy L. Ward

“Half of the bodies brought to my morgue are that of children, dead from starvation, exposure or wounds inflicted on them in life.” - Dr. Peter Ainsley London 1868 – The newspapers call him The Surgeon, a killer targeting pauper children in Limehouse district leaving their bodies discarded in death as they were in life. Discouraged by the lack of physical clues Dr. Peter Ainsley joins Scotland... read more

“Half of the bodies brought to my morgue are that of children, dead from starvation, exposure or wounds inflicted on them in life.” - Dr. Peter Ainsley London 1868 – The newspapers call him The Surgeon, a killer targeting pauper children in Limehouse district leaving their bodies discarded in death as they were in life. Discouraged by the lack of physical clues Dr. Peter Ainsley joins Scotland... read more

Dead in Dubai (Lee Carruthers #2)

Marilynn Larew

Lead had already begun to fly before former CIA analyst Lee Carruthers could get to Dubai to investigate the death of George Branson, and each question she asked ratcheted the danger up by a notch. She knew George. He was a CIA officer, but she discovered that he had other identities as well . In Dubai he was Gil Brady, and he worked for the Russian merchant of death Sergei Malyakov. In Istanb... read more

Lead had already begun to fly before former CIA analyst Lee Carruthers could get to Dubai to investigate the death of George Branson, and each question she asked ratcheted the danger up by a notch. She knew George. He was a CIA officer, but she discovered that he had other identities as well . In Dubai he was Gil Brady, and he worked for the Russian merchant of death Sergei Malyakov. In Istanb... read more

The Sorrow's Garden: A Novel

Anthony Carinhas

Well-known as an architect and writer in Leipzig, Germany. Radulf is repulsed by the nature of other people's selfish living. Ironically, his own character is devoid of morals. Despite the destitution his schemes cause. The power turns obsessive and his appetite for lust gives way for a new motive.

Well-known as an architect and writer in Leipzig, Germany. Radulf is repulsed by the nature of other people's selfish living. Ironically, his own character is devoid of morals. Despite the destitution his schemes cause. The power turns obsessive and his appetite for lust gives way for a new motive.

Win the Rings

K.D. Van Brunt

Jace has been the property of the U.S. Army since they found out about her when she was five, and now she has become one of its most valuable weapons. But Jace is not the only one of her kind. Gray is one too, but with the help of his sister, he has spent most of his sixteen years hiding from the Army. Now, the Army has found out about Gray and they cannot allow him to roam free. Operating on ... read more

Jace has been the property of the U.S. Army since they found out about her when she was five, and now she has become one of its most valuable weapons. But Jace is not the only one of her kind. Gray is one too, but with the help of his sister, he has spent most of his sixteen years hiding from the Army. Now, the Army has found out about Gray and they cannot allow him to roam free. Operating on ... read more

The Twelfth Protocol: A Patti Mac Novel

John F. Nolan

"Hurricane Sandy's storm surge destroyed Long Beach City's boardwalk, washing up mutilated corpses of three men, a pregnant woman, two boys and a skeleton. Only three months in command of the Nassau County, New York, Homicide Squad South, Detective Lieutenant Patricia (Patti) McAvoy was challenged with investigating a mass murder. ""Drug cartels kill like this,"" she told a detective. Homicide... read more

"Hurricane Sandy's storm surge destroyed Long Beach City's boardwalk, washing up mutilated corpses of three men, a pregnant woman, two boys and a skeleton. Only three months in command of the Nassau County, New York, Homicide Squad South, Detective Lieutenant Patricia (Patti) McAvoy was challenged with investigating a mass murder. ""Drug cartels kill like this,"" she told a detective. Homicide... read more

Cover of Darkness (Darkness Series) (Volume 1)

Gregory Delaurentis

The local Westchester police turn to One Police Plaza when a high profile murder lands in their back yard. Captain Sam Jefferies takes the case and assigns two resigned police detectives on disability, now private investigators. Kevin Whitehouse has the analytical mind and a keen sense of investigatory skills; David Allerton has the ex-Special Forces, ex-Army Ranger training; and Margaret Alex... read more

The local Westchester police turn to One Police Plaza when a high profile murder lands in their back yard. Captain Sam Jefferies takes the case and assigns two resigned police detectives on disability, now private investigators. Kevin Whitehouse has the analytical mind and a keen sense of investigatory skills; David Allerton has the ex-Special Forces, ex-Army Ranger training; and Margaret Alex... read more

Straight Lines

Gregory Sacchet

This book describes an average middle class man's descent into drug abuse and how it affected his life for 13 years. Diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome at age 12, and Multiple Sclerosis at 23, are just two contributing factors leading up to addiction, and ultimately redemption. Candid and oftentimes shocking, you will see the daily struggles associated with both chronic illness and substance a... read more

This book describes an average middle class man's descent into drug abuse and how it affected his life for 13 years. Diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome at age 12, and Multiple Sclerosis at 23, are just two contributing factors leading up to addiction, and ultimately redemption. Candid and oftentimes shocking, you will see the daily struggles associated with both chronic illness and substance a... read more

Mystery In Paradise: 13 Tales of Suspense

From cozy mystery to classic crime, from gumshoe to urban noir, MYSTERY IN PARADISE 13 Tales of Suspense is a collection of twisted, heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises. These 13 utterly unforgettable stories by 13 of the hottest authors to hit Hawaii's literary scene, including Tyler Miranda, Greg Field, Lehua Parker, A.J. Llewellyn, Patricia Morin, Rose Mary Thompson, A K Gunn,... read more

From cozy mystery to classic crime, from gumshoe to urban noir, MYSTERY IN PARADISE 13 Tales of Suspense is a collection of twisted, heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises. These 13 utterly unforgettable stories by 13 of the hottest authors to hit Hawaii's literary scene, including Tyler Miranda, Greg Field, Lehua Parker, A.J. Llewellyn, Patricia Morin, Rose Mary Thompson, A K Gunn,... read more

Cold Case Squad

John F. Nolan

Detective Sergeant Patricia (Patti Mac) McAvoy's career was turned upside down when an undocumented Mexican teen-aged boy was found strangled, floating in a 55 gallon drum in South Oyster Bay, Long Island. Inspection revealed he was carrying rosary beads and wearing a diaper. Simultaneously, McAvoy was transferred to Nassau County, NY, Homicide Squad South as a public relations ploy. Following... read more

Detective Sergeant Patricia (Patti Mac) McAvoy's career was turned upside down when an undocumented Mexican teen-aged boy was found strangled, floating in a 55 gallon drum in South Oyster Bay, Long Island. Inspection revealed he was carrying rosary beads and wearing a diaper. Simultaneously, McAvoy was transferred to Nassau County, NY, Homicide Squad South as a public relations ploy. Following... read more

The Fingerprint of Destiny

Laura Schofer

In the small suburban community of Hope's Point , Long Island something has gone horribly wrong. A series of arsons in landmark homes, now run down and over run by Latino immigrants, is destroying the community. Ellie Sinclair, is the troubled publisher of a small town newspaper struggling to make ends meet. The arsons are just another story until Ellie's estranged mother, Hortensia Borgias Si... read more

In the small suburban community of Hope's Point , Long Island something has gone horribly wrong. A series of arsons in landmark homes, now run down and over run by Latino immigrants, is destroying the community. Ellie Sinclair, is the troubled publisher of a small town newspaper struggling to make ends meet. The arsons are just another story until Ellie's estranged mother, Hortensia Borgias Si... read more

Crimson Gold

Donna Kolling Lear

September 1939,Territory of Alaska – Four people have been brutally murdered in the prospecting community in the Dutch Hills. The victims included Harmon and Zelda Johnson, owners of a successful prospecting business, John Brady, who worked for Harmon Johnson and Elias Franks, an old prospector and long time resident of the Dutch Hills It was common knowledge that there was animosity between E... read more

September 1939,Territory of Alaska – Four people have been brutally murdered in the prospecting community in the Dutch Hills. The victims included Harmon and Zelda Johnson, owners of a successful prospecting business, John Brady, who worked for Harmon Johnson and Elias Franks, an old prospector and long time resident of the Dutch Hills It was common knowledge that there was animosity between E... read more

Ossie Piñero P.I. Short Stories

R.V. Reyes

Ossie Piñero, Private Investigator in training, has a problem. Her Puerto Rican family keeps getting her entangled in their dramas. Working for family is all trouble and no dinero. As the only woman in the PI firm, she’s used to getting the boring and slime-ball cases, but at least those pay. The cases in these stories are family freebies. She hates being the sexy dangling carrot in the firm’s... read more

Ossie Piñero, Private Investigator in training, has a problem. Her Puerto Rican family keeps getting her entangled in their dramas. Working for family is all trouble and no dinero. As the only woman in the PI firm, she’s used to getting the boring and slime-ball cases, but at least those pay. The cases in these stories are family freebies. She hates being the sexy dangling carrot in the firm’s... read more

Deadly Illusions: A Collection of Mystery Short Stories

Patricia L. Morin

From a gossip-spreading employee and an overbearing voice at a bar, to an Inn owner creating murder games, and a lonely man sitting on a Central Park bench, these stories blur the thin line between what we perceive and what is real.

From a gossip-spreading employee and an overbearing voice at a bar, to an Inn owner creating murder games, and a lonely man sitting on a Central Park bench, these stories blur the thin line between what we perceive and what is real.

The Symbionts of Murkor

Gary Tarulli

While struggling to survive in a hellish environment, rival colonies are forced to determine the greater threat--each other or the elusive entity believed to haunt the planet they inhabit.

While struggling to survive in a hellish environment, rival colonies are forced to determine the greater threat--each other or the elusive entity believed to haunt the planet they inhabit.

Interfaced

Emerson Doering

Brain-Machine Interfacing is making telekinesis a reality for a select few. Three months ago Kristen Crede was a typical college kid looking forward to the weekend’s bonfire party at the beach. Now she’s a triple amputee, outcasted after an accident that shattered her body and spirit. Doc Prophet convinces her to be the first patient of triple prosthetics controlled remotely by a wireless neur... read more

Brain-Machine Interfacing is making telekinesis a reality for a select few. Three months ago Kristen Crede was a typical college kid looking forward to the weekend’s bonfire party at the beach. Now she’s a triple amputee, outcasted after an accident that shattered her body and spirit. Doc Prophet convinces her to be the first patient of triple prosthetics controlled remotely by a wireless neur... read more

New York City Haiku Mystery Tour: none (N/A)

Robert Fitzpatrick

The New York City Haiku Mystery Tour is dedicated to families of the FDNY firefighters and other first responders who lost their lives at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It is also dedicated to those who worked long months at the toxic and smoldering site, risking their health and, in many cases, paying the price—even with their lives. The New York City Haiku Mystery Tour will gi... read more

The New York City Haiku Mystery Tour is dedicated to families of the FDNY firefighters and other first responders who lost their lives at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It is also dedicated to those who worked long months at the toxic and smoldering site, risking their health and, in many cases, paying the price—even with their lives. The New York City Haiku Mystery Tour will gi... read more

The Gilded Cage: A Novel of Chicago

Judy Alter

Born to society and a life of privilege, Bertha Honoré married Potter Palmer, a wealthy entrepreneur who called her Cissy. Neither dreamed the direction the other’s life would take. He built the Palmer House Hotel, still famed today, and became one of the major robber barons of the city, giving generously to causes of which he approved. She put philanthropy into words, going into shanty neighb... read more

Born to society and a life of privilege, Bertha Honoré married Potter Palmer, a wealthy entrepreneur who called her Cissy. Neither dreamed the direction the other’s life would take. He built the Palmer House Hotel, still famed today, and became one of the major robber barons of the city, giving generously to causes of which he approved. She put philanthropy into words, going into shanty neighb... read more

Prayers for the Dying (A Marshall House Mystery Book 5)

Tracy L. Ward

Dr. Peter Ainsley knew it was only a matter of time before London claims another murder victim, but this time the body is discovered tied to a lamppost four doors down from the house Ainsley shares with his sister and their bedridden father. The day the body is discovered, a maid of their house and Ainsley’s lover, Julia Kemp, fails to return home from errands in the city. Convinced the body f... read more

Dr. Peter Ainsley knew it was only a matter of time before London claims another murder victim, but this time the body is discovered tied to a lamppost four doors down from the house Ainsley shares with his sister and their bedridden father. The day the body is discovered, a maid of their house and Ainsley’s lover, Julia Kemp, fails to return home from errands in the city. Convinced the body f... read more

Adam

James Bushill

2101. The asteroid Metis. A runner jogs along a silent tunnel, tracked by a pool of light. Then there’s a noise, a low rumble, and in the distance, another light, which becomes two headlights moving fast, the lights of an enormous mining truck. Its cab is completely empty. Ten years earlier, Victor and his wife created Adam, the world’s first biological supercomputer. They dreamed of changing ... read more

2101. The asteroid Metis. A runner jogs along a silent tunnel, tracked by a pool of light. Then there’s a noise, a low rumble, and in the distance, another light, which becomes two headlights moving fast, the lights of an enormous mining truck. Its cab is completely empty. Ten years earlier, Victor and his wife created Adam, the world’s first biological supercomputer. They dreamed of changing ... read more

Marry in Haste (An Endurance Mystery)

Susan Van Kirk

“Marry in Haste, Repent at Leisure” ―Benjamin FranklinMarry in Haste, is the story of two lives over a hundred years apart, both illustrating the resilience of women in the small town of Endurance.Grace Kimball, retired teacher, is writing for the Endurance Register and dating its editor, Jeff Maitlin. When he buys a huge Victorian house and borrows money from the bank, he sets off a chain of ... read more

“Marry in Haste, Repent at Leisure” ―Benjamin FranklinMarry in Haste, is the story of two lives over a hundred years apart, both illustrating the resilience of women in the small town of Endurance.Grace Kimball, retired teacher, is writing for the Endurance Register and dating its editor, Jeff Maitlin. When he buys a huge Victorian house and borrows money from the bank, he sets off a chain of ... read more

Deader Still: A Bridget Sway Novel (A Paranormal Ghost Cozy Mystery Series)

Jordaina Sydney Robinson

Bridget Sway has survived the first week of her afterlife – but only just. Working a job that still doesn’t pay, wearing a uniform that’s still a fashion disaster and now facing a week-long assessment, things can only get better … right? Wrong. And there’s another dead ghost in her locker to prove it.When Bridget’s caught holding the proverbial smoking gun over the second body, the police are ... read more

Bridget Sway has survived the first week of her afterlife – but only just. Working a job that still doesn’t pay, wearing a uniform that’s still a fashion disaster and now facing a week-long assessment, things can only get better … right? Wrong. And there’s another dead ghost in her locker to prove it.When Bridget’s caught holding the proverbial smoking gun over the second body, the police are ... read more

Gone But Not Free (The Nathan Miccoli Mystery Series) (Volume 6)

A R Kennedy

Love comes in all forms. So does infidelity. While Nathan is wrapped up in a case of a suspicious young mother's death, Lily must face the man who ruined her life.

Love comes in all forms. So does infidelity. While Nathan is wrapped up in a case of a suspicious young mother's death, Lily must face the man who ruined her life.

Dark

James Suriano

In the 25th century, Earth is a place where countries and borders no longer exist and every citizen is required to be physically connected to a global information system called the Consciousness.

In the 25th century, Earth is a place where countries and borders no longer exist and every citizen is required to be physically connected to a global information system called the Consciousness.

A Wave From Mama: The Slavery and Beyond Series (Volume 2)

A. Robert Allen

1863 Weeksville, Brooklyn: The free Black community of Weeksville becomes home to an unusually small boy and his mother who fled Manhattan during New York’s Draft Riots. When his mother succumbs to her injuries, the boy swears revenge against everyone and everything that contributed to her death. His diminutive size and acrobatic climbing abilities make him a spectacle to behold, while his awk... read more

1863 Weeksville, Brooklyn: The free Black community of Weeksville becomes home to an unusually small boy and his mother who fled Manhattan during New York’s Draft Riots. When his mother succumbs to her injuries, the boy swears revenge against everyone and everything that contributed to her death. His diminutive size and acrobatic climbing abilities make him a spectacle to behold, while his awk... read more

Planted (The Penningtons Investigate) (Volume 1)

C. T. Collier

Meet the Penningtons: Lyssa, Ph.D. Economics, and her husband “the handsome Brit” Kyle, Ph.D. Computer Science. When their clever minds ask questions, clever killers can’t hide. It’s Monday of spring break when Professor Lyssa Pennington’s backyard garden project unearths a loaded revolver. With no record of violence at their address and no related cold case, the Tompkins Falls police have no ... read more

Meet the Penningtons: Lyssa, Ph.D. Economics, and her husband “the handsome Brit” Kyle, Ph.D. Computer Science. When their clever minds ask questions, clever killers can’t hide. It’s Monday of spring break when Professor Lyssa Pennington’s backyard garden project unearths a loaded revolver. With no record of violence at their address and no related cold case, the Tompkins Falls police have no ... read more

Bosses and Blackjacks: A Tale of "The Bloody Fifth" in Philadelphia

L.C. Bennett Stern

Based on true events... Politics in Philadelphia is a rough game...has been since the time of Ben Franklin. But when political murder takes place in the Fifth Ward (home to the Liberty Bell) on primary Election Day in 1917, it sparks outrage—not just in Philadelphia, but throughout the nation. WWI now shares headlines across the country with the sensational trial in the “City of Brotherly Love... read more

Based on true events... Politics in Philadelphia is a rough game...has been since the time of Ben Franklin. But when political murder takes place in the Fifth Ward (home to the Liberty Bell) on primary Election Day in 1917, it sparks outrage—not just in Philadelphia, but throughout the nation. WWI now shares headlines across the country with the sensational trial in the “City of Brotherly Love... read more

Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings Of Saturn

Sophia C Chester Ms

On the night of her high school graduation, an aspiring space detective, Cosmic Callisto Caprica, Cosmo to her friends, received an incredible gift from a well-respected senator - a trip on board the Titan, a luxury spaceship. Cosmo is incredibly excited to meet the beautiful yet controversial Martian Princess Rhea, one of Cosmo’s heroes, and see the priceless Rings of Saturn on display in a j... read more

On the night of her high school graduation, an aspiring space detective, Cosmic Callisto Caprica, Cosmo to her friends, received an incredible gift from a well-respected senator - a trip on board the Titan, a luxury spaceship. Cosmo is incredibly excited to meet the beautiful yet controversial Martian Princess Rhea, one of Cosmo’s heroes, and see the priceless Rings of Saturn on display in a j... read more

The Locket: From the Casebook of TJ Sweeney

Susan Van Kirk

The Big Band Era–Dancing on the Rooftop–Romance in the Air–and Murder in the Shadows“… the dispatcher called to tell her it was time to move the bones.”After solving a double homicide in the hot Midwest summer, Endurance police detective TJ Sweeney isn’t given long to rest. A construction crew has found human bones while digging a building foundation on the outskirts of town.Sweeney’s investig... read more

The Big Band Era–Dancing on the Rooftop–Romance in the Air–and Murder in the Shadows“… the dispatcher called to tell her it was time to move the bones.”After solving a double homicide in the hot Midwest summer, Endurance police detective TJ Sweeney isn’t given long to rest. A construction crew has found human bones while digging a building foundation on the outskirts of town.Sweeney’s investig... read more

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