Charles A. Ray
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Just left public service after 50 years
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On September 1, I retired from government service after 50 years, and am now doing full time free lance writing.  Free at last, free at last!  Such a liberating feeling.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles A. Ray Oct 25, 2012.

Wishing Everyone a Happy Holiday
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To everyone on CrimeSpace, from sunny Harare, Zimbabwe, in the middle of Christmas Day, have a happy and prosperous holiday, and may the new year spawn a whole new crop of tantalizing mysteries to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by I. J. Parker Dec 27, 2011.


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North Potomac, MD
About Me:
I have been writing for several decades. I have published two non-fiction books on leadership, and a mystery series in paperback and e-book format, the Al Pennyback series, three fantasy novels, and a photo-journal of southern Africa. Check my blog for what I'm up to at the moment.
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Mystery, history, and science fiction. Favorite authors are Sue Grafton and Robert B. Parker.
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I like historical and science fiction movies.
I was one of the first authors on the new e-book site,, to be interviewed about my book. For a transcript of the interview, check

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New mystery series honors seniors

Just launched a new mystery series, the Ed Lazenby Mysteries. This is a cozy mystery series, featuring amateur detectives, Ed Lazenby and Ernesto Cardoza, residents of a retirement community who can't resist sticking their noses into police matters. In the first book of the series, 'Butterfly Effect,' Ed and Ernesto set out to rescue a neighbor who is kidnapped. The book will soon be available on Amazon and other sites in paperback and for Kindle. If you want it early, though, you can get a…


Posted on November 1, 2015 at 11:17pm

WIP: First chapter of new Al Pennyback novel, 'Deadbeat'

     A man always takes full responsibility for his actions. That’s what Uncle Buddy used to say to us boys who hung around him all the time. Uncle Buddy was something of an enigma. He never told us where he came from, but from the way he talked we knew he wasn’t from East Texas. He didn’t have that slow, sugary drawl that everyone else had, and he spoke at a faster…


Posted on June 23, 2014 at 12:51pm

First Chapter of "Deadly Intentions," a new Al Pennyback Mystery

The following excerpt is the first chapter of an upcoming Al Pennyback mystery, Deadly Intentions, which will be published soon.  Reader comments are welcome.  Check my other titles at



Posted on November 6, 2011 at 5:06pm

A Good Mystery Doesn't Always Have to Have a Crime

I've been busy adding to the Al Pennyback series, and in those I follow the rules of mystery writing; a crime, a criminal and victim, lots of clues, and a protoganist who faces long odds but prevails in the end.  A good mystery story, though, doesn't always have to be about a crime.  In my latest short story, Sour Note, a continuation of a series of stories about Louis Dumkowski, a born loser who…


Posted on September 7, 2011 at 11:31pm

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At 3:23pm on March 2, 2010, B.R.Stateham said…
Welcome! Came to the right spot if you're here to talk about writing, especially writing crime fiction. Good bunch of people in here. And we do like to voice our opinions.

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