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We have one mission at Echelon Press, to reach every reader we can, and to touch them with our words. Each book or story that comes through our publishing house has been selected because in some way it has touched me. I am a firm believer in emotions--think what a dreadful place our world would be without them--I love to laugh, and on some days, I even like to cry. Our books hold that potential and so much more, because they are written from the author's hearts.
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By Jeff Sherratt
ISBN: 13 Digit: 978-1-59080-552-7

Robbie Farris stabbed his junior college professor twenty-seven times.

At his arraignment, Robbie pulls a gun and escapes. After his mother is found murdered in her shabby house trailer, Robbie's lawyer, Jimmy O'Brien, is led into the seemingly unrelated worlds of high-profile, religious evangelism and old-fashioned Mojave Desert borax mining.

Jimmy fights the clock, the cops, and the DA in his effort to find and return Robbie before he himself is charged with Section 187—murder in the first degree.


"The Brimstone Murders is filled to the brim with good fun and great action. Jeff Sherratt has come up with a winner in this wonderful vintage mystery featuring criminal defense attorney Jimmy O'Brien." –Michele Scott, author of Wine Lovers Mystery Series (Berkley Prime Crime)

"Reading The Brimstone Murders is like going to an old fashioned Saturday matinee–so sit back and enjoy the action, the fun, and the cast of colorful characters. Popcorn optional." –Sue Ann Jaffarian, author of The Odelia Grey Mystery Series


Jeff Sherratt was born in Los Angeles, California on September 22, 1941. When he was in grade school his father bought a cattle ranch and moved his family to Utah. But after a few years the family returned to Southern California and settled in Downey where Jeff went to high school. In his senior year he met the love of his life and soon after graduation they were married. They've been together for over forty years now and have three daughters. They also have seven grandchildren.

For most of his adult life Jeff had been in business for himself. He owned companies that made and sold food related products. But as a lark, he once became a partner in a political public relations firm. "Some of the characters in my books are based on the candidates we've handled. I guess that's why we folded the tent and sneaked away. Our guys were losers and we weren't good enough to make them look like winners," Jeff said, recalling his experience as a political spinmeister.

Jeff Sherratt lives in Newport Beach, California with his wife. He is a member of Sisters in Crime, an organization combating discrimination against women in the mystery field, and the professional association, Mystery Writers of America. Jeff is currently working on the next book in the Jimmy O'Brien series.

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Jon Jordan: Crimespree Magazine

KLS: Tell us a little bit about you:

JJ: I'm from Milwaukee Wisconsin, born and raised. My Dad was a machinist working in the family business, and I also still work some hours doing the same at Jordan Machinery. I love to cook, I do go outside, but much prefer to be inside.

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Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert (Book Review)

Well, I finally did it. I jumped into yet another series of books that everyone said would have me hooked before I finished book one. Guess what? They were right.

I spent a couple of weeks (keep in mind I get to read a chapter every couple of days) reading THYME OF DEATH, the first in the China Bayles mystery series written by Susan Wittig Albert. China is a really neat character, a little bit of fun wrapped up in a serious…


Posted on May 7, 2008 at 10:53am

THE SEX CLUB by L.J. Sellers (Review)

L.J. Sellers offers readers a vivid and well-displayed look into a very disturbing and all too real trend. The style and dramatic flair of this author lend a wonderful edge to the book.

When an abortion clinic is targeted by "God's Messenger," one woman could hold the key to all of it, and she doesn't even know it. She's had enough loss in her life, so when her patients, young girls, begin dying all around her it takes its toll. Things really…


Posted on May 2, 2008 at 8:41am

Religion in Mysteries and Thrillers

I have noticed lately that there are a tremendous number of religious themes found in the mystery and thriller genres.

Dan Brown, Steve Berry, James Rollins, and tons more.

I am pretty new to these genres, but it seems to me that they are quite large in numbers. Is this one of those pahses the industry is going through or have I just not noticed it before.

By the way if anyone is looking for an excellent read, I highly suggest MAP OF BONES by James…


Posted on May 16, 2007 at 12:06pm

Is it really about personality?

I was in a store today and I looked at the book selection. There were some romances, some self-help, business/reference books, etc. I even saw some westerns. What I did not see were any mysteries or thrillers.

So I asked why. It's a fair question. The response I got was more than a little amusing. They said it's because they don't want "those" kind of people coming in and hanging around. You know that I aske "what" kind of people. They said, "you know, violent people...people…


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At 9:46pm on November 6, 2007, Peg Herring said…
We met at a con somewhere, sometime in the last three years. Since then I've enjoyed your posts on a forum, maybe DorothyL? Anyway, it's good to get a publisher's perspective, and yours is always practical and honest. I don't know how you find the time to do it, but it certainly benefits those of us who live inside our novels and need some real world exposure!
At 7:54am on October 26, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
In the spirit of folks joined by a common interest, I just wanted to let you know that my novel Sharpshooter is being read by Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford for film possibilities. Print rights are still available if you have an interest. Otherwise this is just FYI.
At 7:06am on July 19, 2007, carole gill said…
You sound interesting--march to a different beat sort of thing....!
At 3:22am on April 13, 2007, Alafair Burke said…
Karen, I'm disappointed to hear you weren't intending to stalk me. I always wanted a stalker - kidding, you know.
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Hi Karen, thanks for adding me to your friends list.
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Hi Karen, thanks for the the hell out of a beheading.
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Hello and thanks for the invite
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Thanks for friending! You have a wonderful site!
At 10:51pm on March 30, 2007, Echelon Press said…
Did you see that? Jannie was so excited to be here that her finger twitched five times and left her mark on the world. : )
Welcome Jannie and everyone else. I appreciate all the kind words. Read on!
At 12:32pm on March 30, 2007, Sylvia Hubbard said…
Hey there Karen! Thanks for the invite!

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