A note to mystery readers in the Indianapolis area: On Saturday, December 6, 2014, I'll be signing THE QUIET WOMAN at the 12th Annual Holiday Author Fair at the Indiana Historical Society in downtown Indy (450 West Ohio Street). The event will run from noon to 4 PM and feature a wide variety of authors with Indiana connections. It's a great place to do some Christmas shopping. I hope to see you there.
My first stand-alone mystery novel, THE QUIET WOMAN, was published by Five Star in June 2014. It's been called "a romantic mystery, set in Ireland, with ghost," which both describes the book and suggests—accurately—that's it's unlike any other novel I've published. The book had a particularly long gestation period, and in its final form, it owes a lot to the stand-alone short stories I began to publish in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine in 2007. (These are described on the Short Fiction page.)
I'm very pleased with the job Five Star did on THE QUIET WOMAN, which may have more "shelf presence" than any of my other novels. That's due in part to the composite photo on its cover. I'm especially fond of the lower third of this illustration, as it shows a doorway from a ruined cottage in the Irish village (now a ghost town) where my grandfather was born. The photo was taken by my nephew Michael Faherty and his wife Kara.
Please see the new Stand-Alone Novels page of this web site for a more detailed description and reviews of THE QUIET WOMAN. It can be ordered in hardcover or eBook using the following links: amazon.com - barnesandnoble.com
Another recent book publication of mine is the latest Owen Keane novel, EASTWARD IN EDEN, The Mystery Company, 2013. The first new Keane novel since ORION RISING, EDEN is set in Kenya in 1997. Keane has journeyed to Africa to help a friend from his seminary days and finds himself in the middle of a power struggle in a remote valley. There's a murder for him to solve, but the greater mystery is whether he will be able to carry on following the disastrous events of ORION RISING.
In addition to bringing out EDEN, The Mystery Company continued to reissue reprints of Keane's early adventures. Print-on-demand and eBook editions of DEADSTICK, LIVE TO REGRET, and THE LOST KEATS are now available, and DIE DREAMING will be shortly.
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine published the latest Owen Keane short story, "Ghost Town," in its September/October 2014 double issue. The story is set at a New Jersey shore community during the off season. Keane has been called in to investigate a series of mysterious break-ins.
Ellery Queen published two of my Sherlock Holmes parodies in its February 2014 edition. Having two stories in one edition of the magazine was a career highlight for me, especially since they opened and closed the issue. The stories in question were "The Red-Headed League" and "A Case of Identity." The entries in this series purport to be from the recently unearthed notebooks of Dr. John Watson, and as such, they represent the true and unadulterated versions of Holmes' famous cases. The fourth story in the series, "The Man with the Twisted Lip," should appear early next year.
Also be on the lookout for "Margo and the Locked Room," the second of my new series of stories set in the world of 1940s radio (and espionage). It was picked up by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and should appear soon.
Still available is a short story collection featuring my Hollywood private eye Scott Elliott. THE HOLLYWOOD OP is being offered by Perfect Crime Books.
The Autumn 2013 edition of The Baker Street Journal (Vol. 63, No. 3) contains my most recent attempt at Sherlockian scholarship. The title is "A Case of Paternity," and it's a bombshell, if I say so myself.
Last year, I tried my hand at blogging (and found it very tiring). My first effort, about solving a real-life mystery, appeared on the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine blog site "Something is Going to Happen." If you'd care to read it, you can use this link. The same site recently including another post by me, describing the time I solved an actual crime. You can check it out using this link.
I recently completed a year as an every-other-Tuesday columnist for the SleuthSayers blog. Though I'm no longer a regular contributor, my past columns are available on the site's archives.