I am delighted to announce the publication of my first cozy, The Outsmarting of Criminals, published last week. This is the first in a series featuring Miss Felicity Prim, who decides to leave the big city for a cottage in the country. Miss Prim believes that her ample experience in reading mystery fiction has prepared her for a new career in private detection. But she gets more than she bargained for when she discovers a crime in her new home.

The early reviews have been very kind and supportive:

“A pitch-perfect mash-up of the greatest traditional/cozy mystery trope … A pleasure from cover to cover.” – Library Journal (starred review)

“An absolutely charming mystery, with nearly every element of the book, from the cast of characters to the small town setting to the cleverly crafted plot itself, just about pitch perfect.” – Mysterious Reviews (5 stars)

“A delight to read.” — Gumshoe Review

“Recommended for lovers of traditional mysteries.” – Foreword Reviews

The book is available through all the usual outlets (Amazon, Barnes & Noble). It’s also available as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, and iPad.

The Outsmarting of Criminals was great fun to write. It’s not only a cozy, it’s also an homage to the mystery genre, paying tribute to the genre’s many wonderful conventions in each chapter. If you choose to read it, I hope you enjoy it.






5 thoughts on “Announcing … THE OUTSMARTING OF CRIMINALS

  1. Just finished The Outsmarting of Criminals and I loved it from start to finish..Bravo. Felicity is a treasure, although her lead foot is another matter. Amos’ hand in it all was surprising..and he deserved that Laser Taser 😉 Looking forward to book #2 next year. Title?
    Will be reading Who Gets the Apartment? next.
    Hope to find you on Facebook soon!
    Laurie Methven

    • Thank you, Laurie. So glad you liked it. I’m playing with a couple of titles for the sequel … just waiting to hear back from the editor, who’s a demanding taskmaster. ~Steve

      • I am trying to get a firm picture of Felicity in my mind…including an approximate age.
        If a film or series were made..who would you choose to portray her? She is profusely eloquent…LIKE THAT!

  2. Miss Prim’s age is a bit “hidden” in the book … but she is 57. If I had my druthers, I’d have Helen Mirren play her on the big screen (and Shirley MacLaine play Celia). As for Lorraine, I can’t help but think Louise Lasser.

    • Wow! I can see Helen Mirren as Felicity..can she un-Brit her speech? As for your other choices..also agree! Felicity is umm..just a few years older than me and I would truly love to meet her! Her driving journeys absolutely KILL ME..the cop’s reminder of the speed limit..pfffft!! 😉 Thanks, Steven!

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