"A short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger." - Stephen King
Dead Reckoning Appearing in Black Cat Mystery Magazine (February 2022)
A transplant surgeon takes a helicopter ride to retrieve a very special heart.
Can a replacement be better than the original?
When The Wind is Southerly Appearing in Murder Most Theatrical (October 2020)
When Malice Domestic announced the theme for this anthology, I realized I'd had Hamlet in mind all along when I wrote this story about an elderly woman seeking a solution to a serious family problem. I added scenes involving her watching Hamlet, to make that connection explicit.
The Power of the Dog Appearing in Mystery Weekly (August 2020)
The idea for The Power of the Dog came to me when I wore a bear costume for a children's program. That got me thinking, what if a girl wearing a dog costume suddenly had to use her costume identity to rescue the children she performed for?
Dashboard Reverie Appearing in Flash Bang Mysteries (Oct. 2018 issue)
I like the Eagles, and so does the detective in Dashboard Reverie, the cover story for Flash Bang Mysteries’ fall 2018 issue. Can you guess in what month and year the story takes place?
No Mulligans Appearing in Busted: Arresting Stories from the Beat (2017)
A golf tan doesn’t belong on a corpse.
That’s the first line of my story, No Mulligans, in Level Best Books’ anthology, Busted: Arrested Stories from the Beat, a collection of mystery stories featuring law enforcement, from an impressive group of writers including Martin Edwards and Kate Flora. And me.
What’s a Mulligan? For you non-golfers, a Mulligan is a do-over, a second try if you flub your first swing. I’m not a great golfer and I definitely need a lot of Mulligans on the golf course. But I really wish I had a stockpile of Mulligans off the golf course – for that careless remark I want to take back, forgetting to congratulate someone on a recent achievement, or just forgetting an appointment.
Life would be better with second chances, but off the golf course, there are usually no Mulligans.
Invisible Women Appearing in The Hook (2012)
People notice dead women… that’s the first line of my short story, “Invisible Women,” published in 2012 in The Hook, a Charlottesville magazine that later merged with Cville. The story was featured in The Hook after placing third in a fiction contest judged by John Grisham. I hope you enjoy reading it! http://www.readthehook.com/104706/invisible-women
A Grain of Truth Appearing in Chesapeake Crimes: This Job is Murder (2012)
This story idea came to me when I was researching methods of murder on the Internet for one of my stories. It occurred to me that anyone seeing my computer browsing history would be very suspicious. In this story, a writer’s browsing history leads to her being suspected of murder.
The Case of the Rival Relatives
A mini-mystery, appearing in the June 21, 2010 issue of Woman’s World magazine
A mini-mystery, appearing in the April 12 2010 issue of Woman’s World
The Case of the Pilfered Pearls
A mini-mystery, appearing in the April 11, 2006 issue of Woman’s World
A Rose by Any Other Name Appearing in Chesapeake Crimes (2006)
Rose discovers that she can run from a crime scene, but not from herself.
Who Killed Thad Worther?
A mini-mystery, appearing in the Aug. 30, 2005 issue of Woman’s World