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Guilty Parties anthology cover



GUILTY PARTIES,
published April 30 2014 by Severn House

The 24 stories in this anthology are by members of Britain's Crime Writers' Association. The CWA produces a short-mystery anthology every year, and the 2014 collection is edited, like all the recent CWA collections in the series, by award-inning author Martin Edwards. It contains a wonderful mixture of styles, settings, and sleuths - indeed something for everyone.

My story, TELL IT TO THE BEES,
has its roots in my childhood when our family kept beehives. I, like the story's narrator, used to go and talk to the bees...though happily I never found myself in the situation she ends up in.

Guilty Consciences anthology cover


GUILTY CONSCIENCES, published 2011 by Severn House

Another great collection of short sharp mysteries, 17 in all, from Britain's Crime Writers' Association, edited by author Martin Edwards.

My story, ALL THAT GLISTERS, is set in the modern big-business jungle of corporate London, but there are shadows from the past, including from the remote early British world of 2000 years ago. Then as now, gold may not always be what it seems.

 




Cover design of the Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits

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THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF ROMAN WHODUNNITS, published 2003 by Robinson in the UK, and by Carroll and Graf
in the USA.

Here are 20 stories spanning eight centuries of Roman history. It is edited by Edgar award winner Mike Ashley, and contributors include Steven Saylor, Mary Reed and Eric Mayer, Lindsey Davis, Rosemary Rowe, John Maddox Roberts, Marilyn Todd, Caroline Lawrence, and a whole lot more.

My story, THE CLEOPATRA GAME, is set in the 70s AD in Rome itself. A young Egyptian heiress wants to imitate the legendary Queen Cleopatra in everything she does, but at a banquet to celebrate her betrothal to the handsome patrician Marcus, she goes too far, and tragedy results. Rufus the bodyguard must discover whether a childish game of make-believe has got out of hand, or whether someone has used the occasion to commit a cold-blooded murder.