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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's stories have appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, the anthology series Murder New York Style 1, 2, 3, and 4, the anthologies The Gift of Murder, Fish or Cut Bait, and Murder to Mil-Spec, and the e-zines Mysterical-E, Spinetingler, Beat to A Pulp, Kings River Life, Dark Valentine, and A Twist of Noir.

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. Diego's sister Rachel stole readers' hearts when she first appeared in Voyage of Strangers, the first novel in the Mendoza Family Saga, followed by Journey of Strangers. She takes center stage in the short stories "A Disturbance in the Harem" and "A Unicorn in the Harem," in which she solves mysteries in partnership with the Kizlar Agha, Chief Eunuch of the harem of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire.

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 related stories appeared in the e-zines Spinetingler and Kings River Life.

Flash fiction, including the 2018 Derringer finalist "Flash Point," has offer the fun of stories told in 1,000 words and under--a challenge, but perfectly doable for a poet who has told stories in as little as 40 words.

Additional standalones are forthcoming in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and the anthology Me Too: Crimes Against Women, Retribution, and Healing.

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