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Deadly Ice

Deadly Ice

American teenager and competitive figure skater, Elizabeth Silverman, is steered by her assertive mother, Leah, into the prestigious British Ice Skating Academy in London. Under the pretext of being in England on a tourist visa her father, Murray, sets about to establish a London office for his unconventional business of making diamonds out of cremated remains. Leah Silverman’s abusive determination to force her daughter to excel as a figure skater turns out poorly. Amateur sleuth Ben Hamilton and his teenage daughter, Sarah, attempt to befriend Elizabeth. In a fit of rage, Mrs. Silverman rashly steps onto the slippery surface in an attempt to pull her daughter off the ice. She falls, splits her head open and dies in Ben’s arms as he attempts to administer first aid. The police consider it and open-and-shut case of accidental death, but Ben is unsure. A friend, in MI-5, helps him discover that Elizabeth has concocted a garden variety drug which may have contributed to her mother’s accident. With the Hamilton’s support and encouragement, Elizabeth confesses to her father, who is then faced with his own complicity in and for his wife’s behavior. Ben and Francesca are left to resolve and manage the dilemma of Leah Silverman’s death, between accident and intent.

ISBN 9781370565238

$15.00 U.S./Cdn.  £10.00 U.K.

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The Chapel of Death

The Chapel of Death

A single door securely locked, two sealed windows, a closed chapel on the hill.  In front of the altar is sprawled the first corpse, the remains of a young woman.  Behind the altar is the leathery cadaver of a young man, his head flopped over his shoulder.  A case for Chief Inspector, Maurice Pruvost, and Professor Jacqueline Mouchot, internationally-acclaimed forensic anthropologist at the Sorbonne in Paris.

The chapel of Notre Dame de la Salette sits peacefully among the ancient vineyards of the Languedoc Region.  Yet within it has occurred the brutal murders of two young lovers, behind a locked door.  Why?  When?  How?  Who?  A crime so horrid is rare in Catalan country, let alone in the quiet village of Banyuls-sur-Mer, comfortably nestled at the base of the precipitous Albères where they plunge into the sea at the eastern end of the loftier Pyrénées – the border between France and Spain.

Told by an American sociologist, Peter Phillips, friend and lover of Jacqueline Mouchot, this short story methodically unravels from the impossible to the possible, in a narrative certain to remind the reader of Agatha Christie’s famous crime-solver, Messr. Hercule Poirot.  (2012)

READERS HAVE SAID:

“You wrote a very good story with true facts about the Catalan country, Banyuls-sur-Mer and the Albères.  It made me wish I was living there again.” –Retired Corporate Secretary, Chartainvilliers, France

“A good mystery that kept my interest throughout, without revealing ‘who dunnit’ until the end.  It reminded me of Agatha Christie.” – CEO and Mystery Enthusiast

“I like your writing style.  You give the reader a lot of data and interesting facts without giving away the ending.  And you did a good job with a ‘locked door’ mystery.” – Fiction Writer, Author and Editor

ISBN 978-1-4760862-4-8
Price: $.99, includes download from Smashwords.com.

 

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Susquehanna Scandal

Susquehanna Scandal

Judge Thomas Averill Carter is wealthy, influential and the most eligible bachelor in Owego, New York in 1852.  Any thought of serious romance is the farthest thing from his mind until he is upended by the stunningly beautiful Sa-ku-ma Gage, eldest of a Mohawk family of touring gospel singers and story tellers.

Casting Victorian conventions aside, they allow their intense desire and passion to transcend racial and social barriers.  Conflict erupts when their love separates them from family and community, and leaves each to face the future alone as their lives take unexpected twists and turns.

Though a rewrite of history, their story is factually based, combining the legendary likes of Pocahontas with the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. (2006)

READER’S HAVE SAID:
“Historically accurate and smooth flowing, it is a must read that you won’t want to put down until you find out how it ends,” – Freelance writer, Tioga County, New York.

“An engaging story rich with historic facts,” – Retired corporate manager, Owego, NY

“A book that will hold your attention from the first page,” – New York library director

“A lively romance with a surprise ending,” – Writer and author, Ithaca, NY

ISBN 978-0-9760500-1-8

Price $14.95

 

 

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Hotbed in Tranquility

Hotbed in Tranquility

State Department diplomat, Will Ross, returns for a holiday visit to his hometown of Tranquility, New York, along the mighty Susquehanna River not far from Pennsylvania.  He is stunned to find the pristine hillsides covered by gas-drilling wells. Within twenty-four hours he is reacquainted with his high school flame Stephanie Hall, a successful local politician turned Congressional candidate and single mother whose son, Tyler, has fallen ill from what is thought to be contaminated well-water from a nearby drilling site.

Will is inadvertently drawn into Stephanie’s campaign. He discovers that an international energy cartel he recognizes from his work at the U.S. Embassy in London is determined to obtain control of natural gas reserves in the Northeast at any cost.  As Wills’ interest in and concern for Stephanie develops, he begins to risk all to expose the political cabal behind the cartel. Together, he and Stephanie experience growing passion and conflict before bringing their story to an unexpected and emotional conclusion. (2010)

READER’S HAVE SAID:
“It is factual and well-researched.  A good read,” – State Department diplomat, Washington, D.C.

“I stayed up all night and couldn’t put it down,” – Romance writer, New York.

“The book is fabulous.  I could NOT put it down.  You are in the league with Ken Follett and Robert Ludlum, top of the class and worthy of ‘Book of the Month’ status.”  – Entrepreneur, open-ocean racer, Ontario, Canada.

“Makes for a good read on a cold winter’s night with a glass of wine,” – Journalist, Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, New York.

“Outstanding.  It brought back wonderful memories of Central New York,” – Retired CEO, Miami, Florida.

“Other than having to stop once, I read it in two sittings and never hesitated to go onto the next scene,” – Retired supertanker captain, Lakeland, Florida.

ISBN 978-0-9760500-6-3

Price $15.00

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The Secret of Abetifi

The Secret of Abetifi

Cash-depleted newlyweds, Ben and Francesca Hamilton, accept the offer of an expense-paid honeymoon to put their newly-obtained university credentials into practice. They agree to look into a report of an unusually large number of centenarians living in the West African mountaintop village of Abetifi. During their study they stumble upon a secret for long life, bringing them into conflict with a multi-national pharmaceutical giant already involved in the research and development of a miraculously new, anti-aging pill. What was to have been an enjoyable and risk-free honeymoon becomes a terrifying experience of life-threatening twists and turns, hurtling their adventure into a tense and exciting conclusion. (2012)

READER’S HAVE SAID:

“An exciting story and fast read.  Your references to Ghana brought back wonderful memories.” – Canadian clergyman with West African experience.

“It contains great detail about Africa and the Ghanaian culture.  Like your other books, this was a pleasure to read.” – Fiction writer, New York.

“You took a complex idea and explained it in a way that made it easy to understand the Secret.” – Social Worker, New York.

“I never put it down except before reading it again a second time,” – Librarian, New York.

“You’ve done it again.  You have a fantastic ability to spin a good yarn,” – Memoir author, New York.

ISBN 978-0-9760500-7-0
Price $14.95

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Sweet Vines and Bitter Fruit

A relaxing vacation away from London with their two-year-old Sarah, now out of nappies and talking in sentences, becomes a murder-filled holiday for Francesca and Ben Hamilton. During a visit with their friend, Kate and Derek, in the preeminent grape growing and wine producing Barossa Valley of South Australia, Ben becomes involved in murder investigations between two feuding families, much to Francesca’s objections. He uncovers clues to related crimes, after which Francesca is mugged while protecting Sarah. In a fit of anger Ben attacks Francesca’s assailant and decides to inform the wily detective with whom he has been working. Together they are able to solve the murders and the Hamiltons return home. But not without Francesca yearning for the day when they will be able to have a peaceful, non-adventurous, holiday. (2014)

Reviewer’s Comments:

“I must say again, that I am ‘lost in wonder, love and praise’ for your ability to write stories.  You’ve captured our little corner of the world in your descriptions.
– Barossa Valley Resident and Psychoanalyst

“What a great story.  It has all the makings of a movie or stage play.  It is well written and is a fast read.”
– Educator and passionate red-pen reader, New York

“As usual, you have a good plot built into an interesting story.  I didn’t want to put it down once I started reading, and appreciated how accurate all things Australian were.”
– Minister and Environmentalist, Bethany, South Australia

“Good story.  Full of intrigue and suspense with a great description of a part of the world I know very little about.”
– Author and Librarian, New York