A Dead Bootlegger, Doughboys, and Whale Bones: A New Mystery Release

Admiral copy 2My latest mystery novella, a standalone (sort of), THE ADMIRAL OF SIGNAL HILL is now available on Amazon. Yes, it includes bootleggers in Prohibition Long Beach, California. You will meet doughboys still suffering from shell shock several years after the Great War ended. And you will find a few human bones mixed with prehistoric whale bones in Signal Hill, but it may not be what you think …

The official description:

The Admiral shook his finger at Joe. “I may be mad, Finn, but I can tell a grenadier from a guillotine.”

In 1922, Alice and her private detective boss leave their Chicago office to consult on a bootlegger’s death in Long Beach, California. Discovering that Robbie’s murder is linked to two others, Alice and Joe meet with a housekeeper having a litany of opinions and stories, an unforgettable handyman, a rich man’s mad wife, and the Admiral who lives under Signal Hill.

In the haunting shadow of battlefield trenches and prehistoric whale bones, this mystery novella tells of WWI survivors, their friends, and the demons battling for their souls.

The story is told by twenty-six-year-old, Alice Glenn, secretary to private detective Joe Finnegan. I enjoyed spending time with these characters and the case that brought them from Chicago to California. I hope you do too!

As I’ve mentioned with other books, if you do like THE ADMIRAL OF SIGNAL HILL, please consider writing a review on Amazon and GoodReads. You can do nothing better to support an author and her books. 

Again I’m grateful to my critique group, OC Fictionaires: they had an impact on this book. Bethany Barnette came up with another superb cover. I truly appreciate my hard working beta readers: Kris Klopfenstein and Rebecca Lang. Thank you all for your encouragement and support.

I dedicated THE ADMIRAL OF SIGNAL HILL to my family and to all those who have served in the military, past and present. I hope you’ve told someone recently who stands in harm’s way that you appreciate their service. Giving them this book might be a nice way to thank them too!

About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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4 Responses to A Dead Bootlegger, Doughboys, and Whale Bones: A New Mystery Release

  1. Rebecca Lang says:

    I was glad to read it. I like your dedication to the military; that was sweet. Wish you lots of success in your endeavors.

  2. Kaye Klem says:

    Michelle, something very different from you! Looking forward!

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