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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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One updated cozy mystery: Twice the fun!


A new surprise ending came to mind while I was revising THE MAIN LINE IS MURDER, and since I’m still having a tough time deciding which one to use, I’m leaving it up to you. Pre-order for 5/12/20 for $.99. Paperback available 3/31/20. You’ll be able to vote for your preference by writing “Original” or “Alternate” at the end of a review on whichever online site you like. I promise I’ll see it. Also, each month until September, 2020, a randomly selected reviewer will receive a signed paperback.


If you’re already on my “Mystery Guest List” (see below), I’ll send you the results early in January, 2021. If you only want the answer, it’ll be here on my website all that month.


I can’t wait to hear from you!


PS: On New Year’s Day, 2021, the link to the extra chapter—whichever one it turns out to be—will move to its permanent secret home somewhere inside the e-book of FINAL ARRANGEMENTS.

"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.