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About Shawn Reilly Simmons
Shawn Reilly Simmons is the author of seven novels in the Red Carpet Catering Mystery series featuring Penelope Sutherland, chef-owner of a movie set catering company. She’s also written several short stories which have been published in various anthologies including “Burnt Orange” in Passport to Murder: the 2017 Bouchercon Anthology; “The Prodigy” in Mystery Tour, the Crime Writers’ Association Anthology; and “Now is the Hour” in Writers Crushing Covid-19.
Shawn's story “The Last Word”, appearing in Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible, won the Agatha Award for Best Short Story in 2020. Shawn also won the Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection for co-editing the same anthology.
Shawn was born in Indiana, grew up in Florida, and began her professional career in New York City as a sales executive for an international airline after graduating from the University of Maryland with a BA in English. She has worked as a line cook in busy kitchens, managed a large bookstore, sold fine wine, written radio commercials, organized an annual mystery convention, and cooked on catering crews, sometimes behind the scenes on movie sets, and sometimes for weddings or intimate dinner parties.
Shawn serves on the Board of Malice Domestic and is co-owner/publisher and editor at Level Best Books. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers, and the Crime Writers’ Association in the U.K. She lives in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland, with her husband and son.
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The 18 authors of the stories in Murder by the Glass: Cocktail Mysteries were each asked to contribute a tale that contained, a glass, a murder, and a mystery. They produced a charming anthology that has something for everyone; each story with a different flavor much like the drinks in your favorite cocktail bar. Unlike the drinks at your favorite bar, feel free to consume as many of these delightful stories at a sitting as you wish. However, you may find yourself feeling bad the next day when you realize that there are no more to be had.
Thomas A. Burns, Jr. – Author of the Natalie McMasters Mysteries
These light, often funny stories of mystery and intrigue, will transport you to a variety of shores, from the rocky coastlines of New England, to the white stretches of sand on the Atlantic, to the teal and emerald waters of the Gulf Coast, the surfing havens on the Pacific, and even beaches in between.
Praise for Murder on the Beach, A Destination Murders Book 1
"Each story features great characters and a story that kept me engaged the entire way through. All these stories can be read as stand-alones whether they are part of a series or not. That's a good thing since I was only familiar with the characters in one of the stories before I picked up this book. And the two authors I hadn't read before? I definitely need to check them out in the future.
This is the first in a series of Destination Mysteries short story collections. Based on this book, I'm already packing my bags for the next vacation."--Carstairs Considers
"All of these stories, no matter where they are set, dead body or no, provide two wonderful things: a great location, and an array of characters who would be great friends or who may remind you (and cause you to appreciate more) friends and family you already have. That's certainly the gift to readers on the part of the cozy mystery. Do yourself a favor and spend your lunch break at the beach."--Aunt Agatha's Mysteries
"I'm not a short story or anthology reader, but I did enjoy MURDER ON THE BEACH...This light and fresh, fast-paced cozy whodunit kept me entertained from the first story to the last. Bravo authors."--Dru's Book Musing
"Entertaining short stories about vacation mishaps, murder and mayhem. Perfect for a summer beach read. Very enjoyable collection of stories."--Christine Gentes, Book Reviewer and Mystery Critic
A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, Barb Goffman. When Robin's sister gets married at Lake Michigan, Robin will do whatever it takes to protect Emma's special day.
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND, Shari Randall, a new short story in the Lobster Shack series. A jewelry theft and attempted murder upset the tranquility of Allie's quaint New England town.
COAST BUSTERS, Karen Cantwell, another short story in the Barbara Marr series. Barb and her friends figure Florida and a quirky chic resort would be the perfect Mom vacation...until it's not.
BEACH PARTY BODY, Lucy Carol, a new story from the world of Madison Cruz Mysteries. A photo shoot on the beach should be fun, but when someone's wild behavior turns deadly, the party's over!
FROG DAYS OF SUMMER, Cathy Wiley. Former celebrity chef Jackie Norwood's attempt to revive her career goes badly when murder interrupts a food festival on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.
FRUGAL LISSA NEEDS A BREAK, Ritter Ames, the newest short story in the Frugal Lissa series. Lissa and her friend, Abby, head to Galveston for a girls' weekend. All is perfect until Lissa's dog, Honey, digs up a dead body.
CABO SAN LOCO, Eleanor Cawood Jones. Lorrie George wants to enjoy a celebratory trip with her friends to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. But the all-expenses-paid, exclusive trip keeps getting ruined by attempts on her friends' lives.
BAY OF RECKONING, Shawn Reilly Simmons.
The Blackness Before Me, by Mindy Quigley
Honest John Finds a Way, by Michael Dell
Spirited Death, by Carole Nelson Douglas
Home Front Homicide, by Liz Milliron
The Unseen Opponent, by P. A. De Voe
The Black Hand, by Peter W. J. Hayes
The Trial of Madame Pelletier, by Susanna Calkins
Eating Crow, by Carla Coupe
Mr. Nakamura's Garden, by Valerie O. Patterson
A Butler is Born, by Catriona McPherson
Night and Fog, by Marcia Talley
The Seven, by Elaine Viets
The Lady's Maid Vanishes, by Susan Daly
You Always Hurt the One You Love, by Shawn Reilly Simmons
The Hand of an Angry God, by K. B. Inglee
The Cottage, by Charles Todd
The Measured Chest, by Mark Thielman
He Done Her Wrong, by Kathryn O'Sullivan
The Corpse Candle, by Martin Edwards
Death on the Dueling Grounds, by Verena Rose
The Barter, by Su Kopil
Mistress Threadneedle's Quest, by Kathy Lynn Emerson
A One-Pipe Problem, by John Gregory Betancourt
The Killing Game, by Victoria Thompson
The Tredegar Murders, by Vivian Lawry
Summons for a Dead Girl, by K. B. Owen
The Velvet Slippers, by Keenan Powell
The Tragic Death of Mrs. Edna Fogg, by Edith Maxwell
Crim Con, by Nancy Herriman
Strong Enough, by Georgia Ruth
Film and recording artists the world over are broadcasting from home, doing their share to raise money for COVID-19 relief. And now the literati has picked up the gauntlet. Bestselling and award-winning authors have contributed their short stories and essays to inspire one and all during this challenging time, to enlighten the mind and raise the spirits.
The Benevolent Contributors:
Bruce Robert Coffin
Beth Terrell W/A Jayden Terrell
Shawn Reilly Simmons
Lynn Chandler Willis
Tim Cavines W/A Ross Cavins
When a stunt gone wrong endangers the lives of everyone on the set, Penelope wonders if it was really an accident, or if someone was trying to snuff out that bright star.
When Calvin’s wife goes missing in the middle of the night after a violent altercation with Calvin, Penelope sets out to uncover a killer, who might be hiding in plain sight.
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MURDER ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK by Shawn Reilly Simmons A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.
She’s looking forward to spending quality time with her loved ones. She’s also catering her first documentary, a history of the Vitrine Theater and the Big Apple Dancers, who put on the world-famous Christmas Extravaganza. Her best friend, Arlena, is the director and granddaughter of one of the show’s famous Snow Queens.
But not everyone is in the holiday spirit. When one of the dancers mysteriously disappears then turns up dead right before opening night, it looks like Christmas might be cancelled.
The police are at a loss to uncover who has it out for the theater company, so it’s up to Penelope to cook up a plan to find out if the Vitrine is cursed or haunted by its past before the killer can strike again.
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MURDER WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS by Shawn Reilly Simmons A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.
After two girls go missing during a raucous beach party thrown by the movie's director, the cast and crew fall out of favor with the Andrea Island locals.
When a flashy celebrity chef is accused of the crime, Penelope Sutherland steps in to help her former culinary school instructor find the truth.
Surrounded by suspicious locals with a history all their own, Penelope uncovers clues from the past that reveal an undercurrent of evil amid the magnificent sandy beaches.
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MURDER ON THE HALF SHELL by Shawn Reilly Simmons A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.
But when she discovers a dead body outside her house, Penelope finds herself in hot water. Things start to boil over when serious accidents threaten the lives of the cast and crew.
And when the film’s star, who happens to be Penelope’s best friend, is poisoned, the entire production is nearly shut down.
Threats and accusations send Penelope out of the frying pan and into the fire as she struggles to keep her company afloat. Before Penelope can dish up dessert, she must find the killer or she’ll be the one served up on a silver platter.
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MURDER ON A SILVER PLATTER by Shawn Reilly Simmons A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.
Including stories from Heather Graham
Phoef Sutton, Robin Burcell, Allison Brennan, Carrie Stuart Parks, Lisa Klink, RJ Beam, Joe Bonsall, Katherine Ramsland, Denene Lofland, Michael A. Black, Mike Roche, Les Edgerton, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Rick McMahan, Marco Conelli, Cheryl Yeko, Howard Lewis, Linda Lovely, Lee Lofland, Ry Brooks, and Emilya Naymark. With a foreword by Lee Child.
After surviving a brazen attack at one of her favorite local cafes, Penelope Sutherland is ready to escape the big city and head to her next film set. She and her Red Carpet Catering crew set up their kitchen on location in the tranquil mountains of Vermont.
But peace and quiet aren’t on the menu.
It starts to get hot when a series of accidents befall the celebrity tennis pro consulting on the film. Then mix in an uptight director, an isolated location, and a quirky bunch of locals with secrets of their own and that’s a recipe for disaster.
Penelope soon suspects a connection between the cafe attack and the incidents on set, and you know what comes next. She must uncover the truth before her goose gets cooked.
This page-turner is serving up the coziest of entertainment, and you do not want to miss it.
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MURDER ON THE ROCKS by Shawn Reilly Simmons A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.