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Breaches & Betrayals: Collected Stories



Derringer Award Nominee for Best Short Story



Agatha Award Nominees for Best Short Story

Death Will Clean Your Closet TrimYourTree

Urban Fantasy/Mystery


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About Liz's Short Stories

The stories in the collection Breaches & Betrayals represent the broad range of voices and perspectives that are available to the fiction writer who risks departing from the certainties of series fiction and the traditional detective puzzle. The short story is the perfect form in which to take those risks. All are previously published. The time periods range from the Roman occupation of Britain to 1950s Queens to the present, the protagonists from an 11-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy--not in the same story--to a cantankerous old farmer, a burnt out Vietnam vet, and a serial killer you won't see coming.

Liz says: I started writing short stories to add to the saga of recovering alcoholic and smart-mouthed New Yorker Bruce Kohler. Their success, which included publication in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, two Agatha nominations, and a Derringer nomination, encouraged me to explore different voices and aspects of crime fiction. "The Green Cross" introduced a protagonist unlike Bruce in every way except his courage and his good heart: young Jewish sailor Diego Mendoza, who boarded the Santa Maria with Columbus on the day in 1492 when the Jews were expelled from Spain. This story too was published in EQMM and nominated for an Agatha. A second Diego story appeared in EQMM; since then, two novels about Diego and his family have been published. "A Disturbance in the Harem," a mystery short story featuring Diego's sister Rachel, appears in Black Cat Mystery Magazine Issue 2. Two new Bruce Kohler stories appeared in 2017, one in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, the other in the anthology Where Crime Never Sleeps: Murder New York Style 4. Also in 2017: flash fiction in the e-zine The All-New A Twist of Noir.

I combined mystery and Jewish themes with urban fantasy and country music to come up with a quirky protagonist in the novella Shifting Is for the Goyim: rising country star and shapeshifter Emerald Love, aka Amy Greenstein. Emerald has appeared in a second story in the Sisters in Crime Guppies anthology Fish or Cut Bait, and a related story appeared in the e-zine Spinetingler.

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