I have thought long and hard and decided my Christmas gift to my present and future readers of a FREE copy of my first Jake Curtis / Vanessa Malone Mystery, “Death in the Primrose Hotel” should continue into the New Year.

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Death in the Primrose Hotel, is the story of a Prohibition era skeleton discovered by Vanessa Malone on the floor behind one of the two intricately carved walnut bars in the old, long abandoned speakeasy in an unknown sub-basement beneath the Primrose Hotel.
The cast of characters include the skeptical police detective, Tom Forsythe, who didn’t believe the sub-basement speakeasy nor the secret elevator in room 607 even existed until he rode the elevator down to the speakeasy. A wizened former plumber at the hotel who knew more than he let on. A former maid at the hotel who in the course of cleaning room 607 made a startling discovery. A retired maintenance man who often drank with John Thomas. John and his brother Emmett Thomas were both in love with Mabel and fought over her. John Thomas disappeared, supposedly with a maid. Emmett then married Mabel. Did Emmett murder his brother John? That’s what the police thought at the time.
The hotel night manager knew something unusual about room 607 and something unusual about a wooden door in the basement of a dress shop at the other end of the block that should have opened into dirt. The shy, gay former kitchen scullion at the hotel witnessed what happened to the missing maid and kept this deep, dark secret all these years. Jake and Vanessa pry the truth from the man about an unfulfilled love triangle that culminated in the solving one of the seventy plus year old murders.

The investigation leads to a old woman who knows the truth about what happened and is and determined to protect her family by taking the secret with her to her grave. After days of repeated questioning, the truth is painstakingly pried from the old woman’s lips revealing who the skeleton found in the abandoned speakeasy was, who killed the skeleton and who shot Jake Curtis.

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My fifth Jake Curtis / Vanessa Malone mystery, entitled “Death in the Embassy” is almost through the first draft. Another chapter and the first draft should be finished. I hope to have the ebook available to you by the end of April.

Isabella Patrillo’s ex-husband of three weeks drops dead mysteriously at her feet while she attends a swank party at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Jake Curtis and his beautiful lawyer wife, Vanessa, who also happens to be his PI partner are called in to prove Isabella didn’t do it. Not being able to leave things alone Jake and Vanessa have to find the real killer of Alberto Patrillo.


My new collection of short stories entitled “Stories of Death, Horror and Murder” has been published and is available from at A summary follows:

“Stories of Death, Horror and Murder” is a collection of a baker’s dozen twisty short stories written to thrill, surprise and shock you. “Death on the Levee” takes place twenty years before the Civil War on the St. Louis riverfront with the stabbing of a stevedore. “Horror in Gaslight Square” is the story of betrayal, of a scorned woman’s revenge. The story takes place on St. Louis’ version of Bourbon Street. “Looking for Maria” is the story of a hired killer looking to kill the only witness to one of his for hire murders and what happens when he finds her. “Killer Cruise” is a story of misplaced jealousy and horrifying revenge. “Fatal Robbery” is the story of a pastor who volunteers to be the first hostage killed in a botched bank robbery attempt. “Triangle of Death” is a story about a wife and her ex-husband’s vow to take back what she took away from him. “Deadly Grandma” is the shocking life story of a woman whose lived an interesting life with an damning secret. “Third Time’s the Charm” is the tale of a man whose first two wives mysteriously died leaving fortunes to their widowered husband and how one man attempts to stop the husband from killing again. “The Man in Bed Two” is a story of why the patient in the other side of the semi-private room was hospitalized because he couldn’t fall asleep at night. “Death in the Cemetery” is the story of an abused, half naked woman found dead with a bullet hole in the back of her head laying on a two hundred year old grave in the predawn hours. “The Dead Veteran” is the tale of a ninety year old Marine Corps veteran who suffered a major stroke and his treatment in the hospital. “Murder in the Monastery” is the story of how with only six monks in residence in the monastery, one of the six men of God is stabbed to death. “The Red Dining Room” well, you will just have to read the story to see what happens.

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