I am fortunate to be in writing groups with some great writers. Two of them have published books recently.
If the Dead Could Speak, by Tim Mahoney. (Goodreads, Amazon)
Great noir mystery set in St. Paul Minnesota before Minnesota Nice was in style. If you like historical fiction, you’ll like this. Fast-paced Mystery? Ditto. Lovable losers nicely drawn? Ditto. Aw, heck. Give it a read. Tim is an editor by trade and a fine writer.
Fifty Shades of Prey, by John Sandfraud (?) (Goodreads, Amazon)
It’s a long short story … almost novella. It’s got fifty shades of gray (without the lubricious details). It’s got John Sandford plot and character development (if that’s the word). What’s more to want? Sandfraud, who chooses to remain anonymous, is a fine writer who gives you witty, acerbic asides and fast pacing. If you’re a Sandford lover (the prey series, Lucas Davenport), you’ll get a lot of chuckles; if you don’t like Sandford, guffaws. If you’re a guy, you’ll squirm as you read about your Inner Matron; if you’re a gal … well, what do I know? I’m still tied in knots (laughter AND agony) by the Inner Matron.
I happen to know the fraudster has at least two good novels stored away waiting for a perspicacious agent.