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About Shawn Reilly Simmons
Shawn Reilly Simmons is the author of seven novels in the Red Carpet Catering Mystery series featuring Penelope Sutherland, chef-owner of a movie set catering company. She’s also written several short stories which have been published in various anthologies including “Burnt Orange” in Passport to Murder: the 2017 Bouchercon Anthology; “The Prodigy” in Mystery Tour, the Crime Writers’ Association Anthology; and “Now is the Hour” in Writers Crushing Covid-19.
Shawn's story “The Last Word”, appearing in Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible, won the Agatha Award for Best Short Story in 2020. Shawn also won the Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection for co-editing the same anthology.
Shawn was born in Indiana, grew up in Florida, and began her professional career in New York City as a sales executive for an international airline after graduating from the University of Maryland with a BA in English. She has worked as a line cook in busy kitchens, managed a large bookstore, sold fine wine, written radio commercials, organized an annual mystery convention, and cooked on catering crews, sometimes behind the scenes on movie sets, and sometimes for weddings or intimate dinner parties.
Shawn serves on the Board of Malice Domestic and is co-owner/publisher and editor at Level Best Books. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers, and the Crime Writers’ Association in the U.K. She lives in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland, with her husband and son.
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Music of the Night is a new anthology of original short stories contributed by Crime Writers' Association (CWA) members and edited by Martin Edwards, with music as the connecting theme. The aim, as always, is to produce a book which is representative both of the genre and the membership of the world’s premier crime writing association.
The CWA has published anthologies of members’ stories in most years since 1956, with Martin Edwards as editor for over 25 years, during which time the anthologies have yielded many award-winning and nominated stories by writers such as Ian Rankin, Reginald Hill, Lawrence Block, and Edward D. Hoch. Stories by long-standing authors and stellar names sit alongside contributions from relative newcomers, authors from overseas, and members whose work haven’t appeared in a CWA anthology before.
Abi Silver – Be Prepared
Alison Joseph – A Sharp Thorn
Andrew Taylor – Wrong Notes
Antony M. Brown – The Melody of Murder
Art Taylor – Love Me or Leave Me
Brian Price – The Scent of an Ending
Cath Staincliffe – Mix Tape
C. Aird – The Last Green Bottle
Chris Simms – Taxi
Christine Poulson – Some Other Dracula
David Stuart Davies – Violin – CE
Dea Parkin – The Sound and the Fury
Jason Monaghan – A Vulture Sang in Berkeley Square
Kate Ellis – Not a Note
L.C. Tyler – His Greatest Hit
Leo McNeir – Requiem
Martin Edwards – The Crazy Cries of Love
Maxim Jakubowski – Waiting for Cornelia
Neil Daws – The Watch Room
Paul Charles – The Ghosts of Peace
Paul Gitsham – No More ‘I Love You’s’
Peter Lovesey – And the Band Played On
Ragnar Jónasson – 4x3
Shawn Reilly Simmons – A Death in Four Parts
Vaseem Khan – Bombay Blues
FLAME TREE PRESS is the imprint of long-standing independent Flame Tree Publishing, dedicated to full-length original fiction in the horror and
suspense, science fiction & fantasy, and crime / mystery / thriller categories. The list brings together fantastic new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices. Learn more about Flame Tree Press at www.flametreepress.com and connect on social media @FlameTreePress
The Malice Domestic anthology series returns with a new take on mysteries in the Agatha Christie tradition—original tales with a devilish bent! Included are:
Rita Owen · Introduction
Leah Bailey · A Killer in the Family
Paula Gail Benson · Reputation or Soul
M. A. Blum · Little White Lies
Michael Bracken · Locked Mesa
Susan Breen · The Demon Valentine
Marco Carocari · All in the Planning
Mary Dutta · Devil’s Advocate
Christine Eskilson · The Reunion
Nancy Gardner · Death’s Door
Barb Goffman · Go Big or Go Home
Alexia Gordon · Happy Birthday
B. J. Graf · Servant of the Place of Truth
Maurissa Guibord · Into the Devil’s Den
Victoria Hamilton · Reunion with the Devil
Kerry Hammond · Strangers at a Table
Peter W. J. Hayes · The Ice House
Smita Harish Jain · Keeping Up with the Jainses
Cynthia Kuhn · There Comes a Time
Margaret Lucke · The Devil’s-Work Ball
Sharon Lynn · The Professor’s Lesson
Tim Maleeny · A Cure For Madness
Lisa Q. Mathews · Fly Me to the Morgue
Adam Meyer · Crime Rate
Alan Orloff · There Once Was a Man Named Larue
Keenan Powell · Miss Millie Munz
Graham Powell · A Rough Idea
Lori Robbins · Accidents Happen
Cynthia Sabelhaus · Exegesis
Nancy Cole Silverman · The Case of the Sourdough Starter
Shawn Reilly Simmons · The Devil’s in the Details
C. J. Verburg · A Terrible Tragedy
Andrea Wells · Taking Umbrage
With mountainous murders galore around the world, this anthology is full of peaks and valleys!
Climb every mountain, search low and high
For clues to a murder, and try not to die
Second in the DESTINATION MURDERS series, Murder in the Mountains follows the well-reviewed Murder at the Beach.
Four seasons of Murder:
DOUBLE BLUFF by Gretchen Archer. A new short story in the Davis Way series. Two trophy wives and one dead body equals a trip to Lookout Mountain, Tennessee for Davis Way and her co-worker.
FIVE DAYS TO FITNESS by Barb Goffman. A visit to a fitness camp in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains was supposed to be a new beginning for Bree Winterbourne. Instead, it’s a final ending for one of the attendees.
THE SOUND OF MUZAK by Karen Cantwell. Another short story in the Barbara Marr series. When Barb and friends take a trip to the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts, they are asked to help uncover the owner’s dark past—one that may involve murder.
THE PICTURE OF GUILT by Leslie Budewitz. A new short story in the Food Lovers’ Village series. Erin Murphy loves her town of Jewel Bay, Montana, which attracts artists, foodies, and other tourists. But one artist’s visit turns deadly.
THE LYIN’ WITCH IN THE WARDROBE by Eleanor Cawood Jones. Lorrie George and friends visit the Land of Oz theme park on Beech Mountain, North Carolina, filled with celebrities and jealousy and murder, oh my!
A KILLER POCONO HIKE by Tina Kashian. A short story in the Kebab Kitchen series. Lucy Berberian is desperate for a break from the stress of wedding planning, and the Poconos should have fit the bill. But finding a body in a sinkhole leaves Lucy with a sinking feeling.
A PERFECT CLIMB by Shawn Reilly Simmons. A skiing trip in the Australian Alps was supposed to be the perfect start for Caroline Cabot’s perfect marriage. Unfortunately, everything quickly goes downhill, as sore muscles, fighting couples, and a murder ruin the perfection.
THE EDELWEISS EXPRESS by Shari Randall. A new short story in the Lobster Shack series. Allie Larkin was looking forward to her trip to Austria: the snow, skiing, and a Sound of Music Tour. But she wasn’t expecting that the hills would be alive with the sound of…murder?
ONE FLEW OVER THE COCOA’S NEST by Cathy Wiley. A new short story in the Food Festival Fatalities series. Former celebrity chef Jackie Norwood was invited to judge a Hot Cocoa festival at a Utah ski resort. Instead, thanks to a blizzard and a murder, she ends up judging the guilt of her fellow guests.
Windward: The Best New England Crime Stories 2016 Authors
V. R. Barkowski
P. Jo Anne Burgh
Sarah M. Chen
Stephen J. Doyle
Kathy Lynn Emerson
Sanford M. Emerson
Connie Johnson Hambley
Cyndy Edwards Lively
Peter E. Murray
Dale T. Phillips
Shawn Reilly Simmons
Level Best Books' fourteenth anthology features P. Jo Anne Burgh's "Bagatelle," winner of the 2016 Al Blanchard Short Crime Fiction Award.
The Blackness Before Me, by Mindy Quigley
Honest John Finds a Way, by Michael Dell
Spirited Death, by Carole Nelson Douglas
Home Front Homicide, by Liz Milliron
The Unseen Opponent, by P. A. De Voe
The Black Hand, by Peter W. J. Hayes
The Trial of Madame Pelletier, by Susanna Calkins
Eating Crow, by Carla Coupe
Mr. Nakamura's Garden, by Valerie O. Patterson
A Butler is Born, by Catriona McPherson
Night and Fog, by Marcia Talley
The Seven, by Elaine Viets
The Lady's Maid Vanishes, by Susan Daly
You Always Hurt the One You Love, by Shawn Reilly Simmons
The Hand of an Angry God, by K. B. Inglee
The Cottage, by Charles Todd
The Measured Chest, by Mark Thielman
He Done Her Wrong, by Kathryn O'Sullivan
The Corpse Candle, by Martin Edwards
Death on the Dueling Grounds, by Verena Rose
The Barter, by Su Kopil
Mistress Threadneedle's Quest, by Kathy Lynn Emerson
A One-Pipe Problem, by John Gregory Betancourt
The Killing Game, by Victoria Thompson
The Tredegar Murders, by Vivian Lawry
Summons for a Dead Girl, by K. B. Owen
The Velvet Slippers, by Keenan Powell
The Tragic Death of Mrs. Edna Fogg, by Edith Maxwell
Crim Con, by Nancy Herriman
Strong Enough, by Georgia Ruth
Conventional Wisdom, by Marcia Talley
Djinn And Tonic, by Neil Plakcy
The Vanishing Wife, by Victoria Thompson
The Right to Bare Arms, by John Gregory Betancourt
Message in a Bottle, by Su Kopil
Anonymous, by Kate Flora
What Goes Around, by B.K. Stevens
The Hair of the Dog, by Charles Todd
The Best-Laid Plans, by Barb Goffman
A Dark and Stormy Light, by Gigi Pandian
The Clue in the Blue Booth, by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Wicked Writers, by Frances McNamara
Coverture, by KB Inglee
Dark Secrets, by Kathryn Leigh Scott
Tarnished Hope, by KM Rockwood
Not Forgotten, by L.C. Tyler
Boston Bouillabaisse, by Nancy Brewka-Clark
Killing Kippers, by Eleanor Cawood Jones
Elemental Chaos, by M Evonne Dobsonv
Outside the Box, by Ruth Moose
The Perfect Pitch, by Marie Hannan-Mandel
Two Birds with One Stone, by Rhys Bowen
A Gathering of Great Detectives, by Shawn Reilly Simmon
This anthology includes works by Allie Marie, Betsy Ashton, Frances Aylor, Mary Dutta, Eleanor Cawood Jones, Diane Fanning, Debra H. Goldstein, Libby Hall, Maria Hudgins, Teresa Inge, Maggie King, Kristin Kisska, Allie Marie, K. L. Murphy, Alan Orloff, Josh Pachter, Shawn Reilly Simmons and Heather Weidner.
5 stars *****
The 18 authors of the stories in Murder by the Glass: Cocktail Mysteries were each asked to contribute a tale that contained, a glass, a murder, and a mystery. They produced a charming anthology that has something for everyone; each story with a different flavor much like the drinks in your favorite cocktail bar. Unlike the drinks at your favorite bar, feel free to consume as many of these delightful stories at a sitting as you wish. However, you may find yourself feeling bad the next day when you realize that there are no more to be had.
Thomas A. Burns, Jr. – Author of the Natalie McMasters Mysteries
After surviving a brazen attack at one of her favorite local cafes, Penelope Sutherland is ready to escape the big city and head to her next film set. She and her Red Carpet Catering crew set up their kitchen on location in the tranquil mountains of Vermont.
But peace and quiet aren’t on the menu.
It starts to get hot when a series of accidents befall the celebrity tennis pro consulting on the film. Then mix in an uptight director, an isolated location, and a quirky bunch of locals with secrets of their own and that’s a recipe for disaster.
Penelope soon suspects a connection between the cafe attack and the incidents on set, and you know what comes next. She must uncover the truth before her goose gets cooked.
This page-turner is serving up the coziest of entertainment, and you do not want to miss it.
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MURDER ON THE ROCKS by Shawn Reilly Simmons A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.
When a stunt gone wrong endangers the lives of everyone on the set, Penelope wonders if it was really an accident, or if someone was trying to snuff out that bright star.
When Calvin’s wife goes missing in the middle of the night after a violent altercation with Calvin, Penelope sets out to uncover a killer, who might be hiding in plain sight.
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MURDER ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK by Shawn Reilly Simmons A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.
But when she discovers a dead body outside her house, Penelope finds herself in hot water. Things start to boil over when serious accidents threaten the lives of the cast and crew.
And when the film’s star, who happens to be Penelope’s best friend, is poisoned, the entire production is nearly shut down.
Threats and accusations send Penelope out of the frying pan and into the fire as she struggles to keep her company afloat. Before Penelope can dish up dessert, she must find the killer or she’ll be the one served up on a silver platter.
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MURDER ON A SILVER PLATTER by Shawn Reilly Simmons A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.
She’s looking forward to spending quality time with her loved ones. She’s also catering her first documentary, a history of the Vitrine Theater and the Big Apple Dancers, who put on the world-famous Christmas Extravaganza. Her best friend, Arlena, is the director and granddaughter of one of the show’s famous Snow Queens.
But not everyone is in the holiday spirit. When one of the dancers mysteriously disappears then turns up dead right before opening night, it looks like Christmas might be cancelled.
The police are at a loss to uncover who has it out for the theater company, so it’s up to Penelope to cook up a plan to find out if the Vitrine is cursed or haunted by its past before the killer can strike again.
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MURDER WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS by Shawn Reilly Simmons A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.