If you’re here, you must be a mystery fan, which means you have something in common with several U.S. presidents and, of course, me. Problem solvers at heart, we can’t resist the challenge of a tricky plot.

“Escapism for the control freak,” (Craig Fehrman*) is another way of describing my favorite genre—and me again, I’m afraid. Real life seldom turns out how I think it should, so I've resorted to writing mysteries that do. Eleven so far...


Both Lauren Beck crime novels won Honorable Mention in genre fiction from Writer's Digest. FOR BETTER OR WORSE was a Finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award in Mysteries,  and two Gin Barnes cozies attained #1 and #2 spots on Amazon's lists for Mystery and Female Sleuths

You'll find that both series characters take crime very seriously but never themselves.

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THE MAIN LINE IS MURDER is back in paperback

 Bonus Alternate Ending

One updated cozy mystery: Twice the fun!


An audio book is also being recorded. Please enjoy this one minute sample:    LISTEN

Also NEW--a paperback verision of A SCORE TO SETTLE, and YES it's another amateur sleuth whodunit, this time featuring men in tight pants and a dramatic baby shower!


ACTUALLY, I'm happy to report that my huge quarantine project--making sure all my books are available in both paperback and ebook worldwide is nearly complete. Only two to go...

Stay tuned, and PLEASE STAY SAFE!


"I could kick myself for not noticing this series until it reached the eighth installment...I enjoyed every page and greedily want to read all her words." Top 1% Amazon Reviewer DJ Sakata re For Better or Worse

*Craig Fehrman wrote an upcoming book about presidents and their books. 

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