OK guys, I'm wide open here - my reading pile is low, and I need new stuff. I'm sort of partial to noir/hard-boiled stories, but I'll read anything that's well-crafted. If you're published and your book is likely to be in my public library (Austin, Texas - a pretty good-sized and fairly literary city), please recommend yourself!

Thanks -- MK

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Hi Minerva,

There are a number of mysteries and cop tales available from my publisher, Oak Tree Press, although, as others have stated, they may not be in your library. My novel, A Lesson in Murder, is about muders associated with a Quaker school in Philadelphia. It has some gruesome crimes in it, but they are described after-the-fact. It also has social commentary and literary references, so I'm not sure if that would fit in with your tastes. But, it isn't a long story, and is published in big print, so those are pluses! Happy reading.

Gus Cileone
Since you asked...It's Release Day!!!

Today, my mystery CURSE OF THE KISSING COUSINS was released in paperback by Berkley Prime Crime. It's the first in the "Where are they now?" series about Tilda Harper, a freelance entertainment reporter who specializes in tracking the formerly famous. In CURSE OF THE KISSING COUSINS, the former child stars from the seventies sitcom KISSING COUSINS are being killed, one by one, and Tilda is trying to find the missing cast member, either to warn her or to stop her from killing again.

(CURSE OF THE KISSING COUSINS was previously published in hardcover by Five Star with the title WITHOUT MERCY.)
Sounds like a very good book. Will watch for it.
My father says it's the best thing I've written, but he may be a touch biased.
You really think so - a father biased - unbelieveable!
If you aren't limiting yourself to books written by CrimeSpace members (thanks for thinking of us!) and you haven't read Philip Kerr or Alan Furst, they are both outstanding writers. Have fun.
Philip Kerr writes about post-war East Germany, right? I think he may have done most of the research, but there are a lot of things that he got just badly wrong.
Not sure whether it's available there, but I'm sure it could be ordered:

The Kult by Shaun Jeffrey

ISBN-10: 0980033985
ISBN-13: 978-0980033984

People are predictable. That's what makes them easy to kill.

Acting out of misguided loyalty to his friends, police officer Prosper Snow is goaded into helping them perform a copycat killing, but when the real killer comes after him, it's not only his life on the line, but his family's too. Now if he goes to his colleagues for help, he risks being arrested for murder. If he doesn't, he risks being killed.
I tried to reply but I don't think it took. The book sounds intriguing. How did you come up with a name like Prosper Snow?
I like to use what I think are more unusual names because that way, the characters are a little more memorable. Whether it works I don't know, but for me personally, I always remember people more if they have names that stand out. Prosper Snow just popped into my head. I liked the sound of it, and thought it suited the character I was writing about :)
BIG MONEY is my latest (Spring 08). World Cat says you have to drive to Kansas to read it in a library, but Murder by the Book in Houston has copies, as does The Bookworm just north of Dallas in Frisco, TX. Or, you can go to my blog, type BIG MONEY into the search and read the whole book for free. I published it chapter by chapter.

My genre is screwball mystery. You can read 20 reviews here.


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