The Mystery Company's edition of the new Owen Keane novel, EASTWARD IN EDEN, is now available. As I noted on the Welcome page, EASTWARD IN EDEN will be the first new Keane novel since 1999's ORION RISING. EDEN is set in Kenya in 1997. Keane, who has journeyed to Africa to help a friend from his seminary days, 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 go on living following the disastrous events of ORION RISING.
EASTWARD IN EDEN can be ordered in hardcover or eBook using the following links: The Poisoned Pen (for signed copies; global shipping available) - amazon.com - barnesandnoble.com - indiebound.com - The Mystery Company
2013 has been a banner year for Keane. The Mystery Company continues to reissue reprints of his early adventures. Print-on-demand and eBook editions of LIVE TO REGRET and THE LOST KEATS have joined DEADSTICK, which was reissued last year. Work on the fourth Keane novel, DIE DREAMING, is underway.
And the Keane short story "After Cana," which appeared last year in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, was nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America.
Last year, it was the turn of my Hollywood private eye Scott Elliott to garner a Shamus nomination. Elliott's came for the short story "A Bullet from Yesterday." That story and all the other Elliott tales can be found in THE HOLLYWOOD OP from Perfect Crime Books.
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine published "A Scandal in Bohemia," my first Sherlock Holmes parody, in its February 2013 issue. The stories in this new 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.
Two of my stories were published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine this year. In its January/February 2013 issue, the first story in another new series, "Margo and the Silver Cane," appeared. "Margo" is set in the world of 1940s radio (and espionage). "The Mayan Rite," a stand-alone suspense story set in Cancun, Mexico, was included in the June 2013 issue.
I also have a story in a new anthology entitled HOOSIER HOOPS & HIJINKS, edited by Brenda Stewart and Tony Perona for Blue River Press. My story, "The Big Slowdown," introduces a new detective character, Harley Rensselaer, "the Hoosier Eye."
Be on the lookout for "The Red-Headed League" and "A Case of Identity," two more Sherlock Holmes parodies, which have been picked up by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. One or both should appear in the February 2014 issue.
The Writers' Center of Indiana recently published "a basic guide to writing mystery fiction" called WRITING MURDER. It was edited by S.M. Harding and contains short essays on writing and marketing by seventeen working writers, including William Kent Krueger and Kit Ehrman. My contribution is "Notes on Plot," a brief guide to developing a mystery plot.
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.
Earlier this year, I tried my hand at blogging. 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.
And every other Tuesday, I write a column for the SleuthSayers blog. My contributions are often on mystery writing, but I also write about favorite authors and old movies.