Margaret Lucke

THE POWER OF STORIES, THE MAGIC OF CREATIVITY

 
House of Desire by Margaret Lucke
House of Desire
A CLAIRE SCANLAN HAUNTED HOUSE MYSTERY

OAKLEDGE PRESS *  ISBN 978-1-939030-06-1

"A multi-layered story executed with eloquent prose and rich description."
— FS BROWN BOOK REVIEWS


When a trip across time barriers leads to murder ...


At a gala fundraiser to save a grand San Francisco Victorian, reluctant psychic Claire Scanlan she encounters a mysterious young woman, Roxane, who is invisible to everyone but her. Roxane is a "soiled dove" plying her trade in the mansion in 1896. She has discovered a secret portal that lets her slip into what she calls the Future House to escape the most brutal of the men who buy her favors.


When the fundraiser's organizer is murdered in the mansion, Roxane is the sole witness. Terrified, she flees back to her own time and enlists the only true gentleman she has ever met to help her find justice for the victim.


Claire's philandering brother-in-law is accused of being the killer. To clear his name she must find the elusive Roxane—which means risking a perilous journey into the past from which she may never return.


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Cover-Snow Angel by Margaret Lucke
Snow Angel
A JESS RANDOLPH MYSTERY

OAKLEDGE PRESS *  ISBN 978-1-939030-03-0

"A gripping, richly textured mystery."
— RITA LAKIN, AWARD-WINNING CREATOR OF THE GETTING OLD IS MURDER SERIES

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n the eve of a high-profile murder trial, a 7-year-old girl disappears — the daughter of the San Francisco cop who is the star witness. Was Amy kidnapped to derail the trial, or has one of her feuding parents hidden her away? 


Artist and private investigator Jess Randolph joins the frantic search for the girl she thinks of as a sister. When a would-be rescuer dies violently, fears rise that Amy is in the hands of a killer. Jess must risk her life and confront her darkest fears as she races time to find the child before it’s too late. The hunt takes her from San Francisco to the snowbound Sierra, and deep into the hearts of two shattered families.


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House of Whispers
A CLAIRE SCANLAN HAUNTED HOUSE MYSTERY 

JUNO BOOKS  *  ISBN 978-0-8095-7181-1

"I just finished House Of Whispers & all I can say is WOW!!!"
— EMAIL FROM READER

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fter an unhappy divorce, Claire Scanlan is launching a new life as real estate agent in Northern California. She is thrilled with her first listing—a spectacular oceanview house built by a famous architect. Even more exciting is the seller, the handsome Ben Grant.

But buyers are frightened away because the family who lived there was murdered. When she visits the empty house, Claire hears voices that no one else can hear. Disturbing images invade her dreams. The idea that the house might be haunted fascinates and repels her.

Claire is eager to prove herself to her boss, win Ben’s heart, and outwit the woman who’s become her rival in business and love. First, though, she must discover the truth about the murders if she is to prevent another tragedy.

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Schaum's Quick Guide to
Writing Great Short Stories


McGRAW-HILL  *  ISBN 0-07-039077-0

"This book is a gem."
— AMAZON.COM 5-STAR REVIEW



Sharpen your pencil and get ready to write captivating, memorable short stories—the kind that keep readers glued to the page. Quickly and simply, this concise guide gives you clear explanations, proven tips and techniques that show you how to:
• Come up with dynamic ideas
• Create characters who come to life on the page
• Develop a unique and compelling plot
• Bring readers into a vivid story world
• Develop your individual writer’s voice

This stimulating book will help you to start confidently, write freely, finish strongly, and make the most of your writing ability.

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A Relative Stranger
A JESS RANDOLPH MYSTERY

ST. MARTIN'S PRESS  *  ISBN 0-312-06307-5

"Powerful storytelling"
MOSTLY MURDER


Anthony Award Nominee:
Best First Mystery Novel



Beautiful, scandalous Deborah Collington has been found murdered in an alley after an arts-benefit ball. Her valuable diamond-and- emerald necklace is missing.

The case comes to San Francisco artist and private investigator Jess Randolph. When the father who abandoned her as a child turns up as the prime suspect, Jess is faced with more than a homicide case—she must solve the mystery of her own past.

Her search to learn the truth about the murder and her family’s secrets takes her into a world of art galleries, theaters, marinas, and exotic gems. And soon she finds herself in a conflict that threatens her career and her life.

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Writing Mysteries

SELF-COUNSEL PRESS  *  ISBN 1-55180-205-8

"Excellent pointers…a well-done how-to book."
— MURDER MOST COZY


Mystery is a tantalizing word. It suggests secrets and intrigue, an opportunity to peek behind closed doors, shines light into shadowy corners, and unlock truths about the human heart and mind. If you want to write a mystery, this book is for you. Writing Mysteries explores the art, craft, and business of crime and suspense writing. It guides aspiring mystery writers through a practical process for creating a successful mystery—from finding ideas and inventing engaging characters to getting published. Writing Mysteries helps writers understand today’s vibrant, diverse mystery genre and shows how to take advantage of the opportunities the genre presents.