James D. Best has always been fascinated with cowboys, history, and the Wild West. He is the author of the three-part Steve Dancy series, as well as several other thrillers and historical non-fiction. James and his wife live in Arizona.
An excellent combo of fashion and mystery, with a sharp wit!
Laura Carnegie gave up on the man of her dreams a long time ago. He’s fashion designer Jeremy St. James, and not only is he her boss, everyone knows he’s gay.
When the woman who holds the company purse strings is found dead in the office, and Jeremy’s arrested for the murder, everything changes. If Laura can just solve this crime, keep the cops off her tail, break up a counterfeiting ring, and get the show on the runway by Friday, she might stop being Seventh Avenue’s perpetual loser.
If you love Project Runway, or enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada, try Dead Is the New Black.
I moved to Los Angeles to study screenwriting at USC, and even though you couldn’t drag me back into the screenwriting business with the promise of money or candy, I love screenplay structure. Use it all the time. It is the crowbar that removes my head from my rectum when such a procedure is required.
I love all types of speculative fiction, and yes I admit to reading vampire books and YA. However, I have not yet met a vampire that inspired me enough to write about him, which is probably the only barrier between myself and a bathtub full of royalty checks.
People (meaning, my friends) have begged me for years to write about the fashion industry, so I’m doing that in the form of a cozy mystery. It’s a funny story, which it had to be because the fashion industry can’t be taken seriously.
With surprises, twists, and turns, this is as good a legal thriller as you will get.
A brilliant courtroom thriller
Sarah Newby worked hard for the life she’s built for herself and her family. As a single, teenage mother with nowhere to turn, Sarah dropped out of school at 15 and moved to an inner-city slum.
Now she’s an ambitious and successful barrister. And her son Simon’s just been charged with multiple rapes and murders. The evidence against him is overwhelming, but Simon insists that he’s innocent. Sarah doesn’t think her child is capable of such atrocities, and she agrees to take his case.
Things are further complicated when another suspect is named. And Sarah’s defended him in court before.
It will propel you into another world and hold you spellbound until the end!
At a high-class house near Palermo, three prostitutes have been knifed to death, their foreheads slashed with a strange mark, their bodies dumped on the madam’s doorstep. When the chief inspector does little to solve the case, the madam summons her lifelong friend and asks her to catch the killer.
A forty-something midwife with seven children and diminishing funds, Serafina decides she must help her friend. She plunges into the investigation, gathering evidence, following leads. She meets with relatives and friends of the deceased and discovers a thread common to all three victims.
But when a fourth victim is strangled, Serafina’s hopes for a quick resolution are dashed. Her emotional low is short-lived, however. In a defiant meeting with the don, she makes an important discovery. Convinced of the murderer’s identity, she conceives a daring plan and, with the help of her daughter, unmasks the killer.
Susan was born on the north side of Chicago, Evanston to be precise. After attending Marywood High School for Girls and St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, she received a B.A. in English Literature from Marquette University.
She is a writer, a mother, a grandmother, a widow. She has taught language arts and creative writing, worked for a major publisher, worked for a major airline, driven equipment on airport ramps she’s known and loved, traveled. Like William Faulkner’s Dilsey, she’s seen the best and the worst, the first and the last. Through it all, and to understand it somewhat, she writes.