Author: Nevada Barr
Author: Barbara Collins
Author: Carole Nelson Douglas
Author: Eileen Dreyer
Author: Vicki Hendricks
Author: Suzann Ledbetter
Author: Elizabeth Massie
Author: Christine Matthews
Author: Marcia Muller
Author: Sara Paretsky
Author: Nancy Pickard
Author: S. J. Rozan
Author: Julie Smith
Author: Denise Mina
Wisteria Lane has nothing on the grandes dames of mystery. . . . In the expert hands of fourteen
unsurpassed storytellers, being a housewife takes on a whole new meaning. Get ready for a lethal mix of
meddling mothers-in-law, creepy neighbors, cheating husbands, fickle female friends, careers left behind,
out-of-control kids, steamy sex, and much, much more in this thrilling collection of never-before-published
stories! Go behind the lace curtains and PTA smiles to explore the often mind-numbing reality of being a
housewife. You'll laugh, you'll scream, you'll recognize yourself or your best friend in each of these deadly
situations.Join Nevada Barr, Barbara Collins, Carole Nelson Douglas, Eileen Dreyer, Vicki Hendricks,
Suzann Ledbetter, Elizabeth Massie, Christine Matthews, Denise Mina, Marcia Muller, Sara Paretsky,
Nancy Pickard, S. J. Rozan, and Julie Smith on a riotous ride through the dark but often hilarious corners
of the housewife psyche. In Deadly Housewives, the murders and mysteries on Wisteria Lane will look
like an elementary-school bake sale compared to the thrills and suspense that these masters cook up!
Forest got all misty when he saw that Roy had a six-pack of beer in the truck. Like it wasn't enough he'd
had to come down and bail Forest out, using up almost all the money they had left over from that pirate
job they'd pulled on those dumb-ass smugglers near Savannah. Forest felt real bad about that, specially
since Roy had just wanted to leave with the money they got from unloading the boat.But Forest had
talked him into sticking around and going after the jerk-offs next time they had a load coming in. Not that
it hadn't turned out okay, except for Roy getting grazed by a bullet, which messed up his hairdo for a
while. But due to the circumstances, they couldn't get but a little of the pot, which they'd had to unload
slowly over the next few months.Then they'd ended up gambling away most of the profits, hoping to put
off actually having to work again. Truth was, there was precious little left when Forest got nailed for D&D
in Biloxi.He popped a brew and tried to apologize. "Roy, I know I hadn't oughta done that.""Well. Least
you missed the guy. But you did have to do it, bro' -- I'd'a done the same, swear to God."Forest was
curious. He could vaguely remember taking a swing at some yahoo in Trea-sure Bay. "I did? How
come?""You don't remember, do you? He insulted your date, man.""I had a date?"Roy laughed. "You
were talkin' to some chick, anyhow. Hey, listen, no biggie. We'll figure out something."So they drove to
the beach to polish off the beer and start figuring. "We could pull some kind of gigolo thing," Forest said.
"You know, like wait for some fat chick to hit the jackpot and then move in on her. Do her and roll her,
make everybody happy -- she gets a little romance, we pay the rent.""You mean I could do that. Oh no.
No way, José. Uh-uh. My body's a temple of God, man." Roy looked like the Kennedy kid who'd gone
down in his own plane, only with a mullet."So you say," Forest grumbled. This was a discussion they'd
had before. The way Forest saw it, Roy had this great asset and all he wanted to do was hide his light
under a bushel. "You need a manager, man. Hey, what's that? My hip tickles."Roy snorted. "Your cell
phone's probably vibrating. When's the last time you got a call?"Forest looked at his phone. " Private
caller,' it says.""Probably a telemarketer.""Maybe it's opportunity.""That's supposed to knock, right? Not
vibrate."But Forest was already punching the talk button. "Forest, it's me. Heidi."Forest couldn't speak.
Dumbfounded didn't describe. It couldn't be her. "Bet you thought you'd never hear from me again." And
then she laughed that silvery laugh, like pure, fresh water crackling its way back to sea over a bed of sun-
soaked stones. And he knew it was her."Well? Aren't you going to say hello?" Her voice was slightly
accented."So," he said. "Did you marry that guy or what?" He tried to keep the fury out of his voice. She
was the one that got away. And without so much as taking off her little lace pan-ties.But she'd screwed
him anyhow. Him and Roy both."Of course I married him. We live in New Orleans now.""Well, what the
hell you callin' me for?""It's not working out too well, Forest. Say, you still hanging out with that nice
friend of yours?" The American slang sounded strange with her fancy-ass accent. She claimed to be
Dutch, but a chick like that, who knew? He wasn't even sure he'd ever known her real name. But he did
know the name of the man she'd married; it was the guy he and Roy...
Nevada Barr was born an hour east of Reno, Nevada, and raised on a small mountain airport in the
Sierras. Being a sufferer of the Seven Year Itch, she has changed careers many times from waitress to
actress to ranger to writer. The marriage of the last two, ranger and writer, spawned her award-winning
mystery series featuring Anna Pigeon. The most recent in the series is Hard Truth, set in Rocky
Mountains National Park. Nevada now lives in New Orleans and is working on a stand-alone thriller that
will be published in 2007. That done, she plans a glorious reunion with Anna in a park yet to be selected.
Barbara Collins is one of the most respected short story writers in the mystery field, with appearances in
over a dozen top anthologies, including Murder Most Delicious, Women on the Edge, and the bestselling
Cat Crimes series. She was the coeditor (and a contributor) to the bestselling anthology Lethal Ladies,
and her stories were selected for inclusion in the first three volumes of The Year's 25 Finest Crime and
Mystery Stories. Two acclaimed hardcover collections of her work have been published Too Many
Tomcats and (with her husband) Murder—His and Hers. Their first novel together, the Baby Boomer
thriller Regeneration, was a bestseller and has been purchased by Hollywood; their second collaborative
novel, Bombshell, was published to excellent reviews. They are now writing a new series for Kensington
as "Barbara Allan", the first book titled Antiques Roadkill due out in 2006. Barbara has been the
production manager and/or line producer on Mommy, Mommy's Day, Real Time: Siege at Lucas Street
Market, and other independent film projects emanating from the production company she and her
husband jointly run. The Collinses' collaboration extends to a son, Nathan, a recent University of Iowa
Carole Nelson Douglas
Once a daily-newspaper reporter in St. Paul, Minnesota, Carole Nelson Douglas moved to Fort Worth,
Texas, in 1984 to write fiction full-time. Her fifty novels include mainstream women's fiction as well as
science fiction and fantasy. Her Irene Adler Sherlock Holmesian suspense series began with a New York
Times Notable Book of the Year citation for Good Night, Mr. Holmes. Spider Dance is the latest title.
Midnight Louie, Las Vegas's cozy noir feline PI, celebrates his eighteenth case in Cat in a Quicksilver
Caper. Cat in a Midnight Choir received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, the first animal mystery
so honored. Douglas's fiction and nonfiction work has won or been short listed for more than fifty writing
awards and she's had stories in eight Year's Best Mystery anthologies. She and her husband are owned
by several adopted cats and a dog. She has never been a housewife.
Award-winning, bestselling author Eileen Dreyer, known as Kathleen Korbel to her Silhouette readers,
has published twenty-two books for Silhouette since 1986 and, under her own name, eight suspense
novels and seven short stories, including her most recent novel from St. Martin's Press, Sinners and
Saints, in which St. Louis forensic nurse liaison Chastity Byrnes has to search New Orleans for her
missing sister. The proud holder of an Anthony Award nomination, Eileen is a rabid researcher,
supplementing her twenty years' experience in the field of medicine, sixteen in traumanursing with
training in forensic nursing and death investigation, and has graduated from the Tactical EMS School,
which qualifies her to act as a medic on a SWAT team. When not addictively traveling, she still lives in
her native St. Louis with her husband and two children (and remains close to her extended family, of
which she is now matriarch and current vanquisher of infidels). She has animals but refuses to subject
them to the glare of the limelight.
Vicki Hendricks is the author of noir novels Miami Purity, Iguana Love, Voluntary Madness, and Sky
Blues. Her short stories appear in collections and periodicals, including Murder for Revenge, Best
American Erotics 2000, Flesh and Blood, Tart Noir, Nerve.com, and Mississippi Review Online. She lives
in Hollywood, Florida, and teaches writing at Broward Community College. Her work reflects interests in
adventure and sports, such as skydiving and scuba, and knowledge of south Florida environment. Her
latest novel of murder and obsession, Cruel Poetry (2006), is set in South Beach, Miami.
For starters insists her motherin-law is the world's best and a heck of a good sport. Suzann's mother
taught her tomboy daughter to read at the age of five, assuming the kid couldn't have her nose in a book
and get in trouble simultaneously. It didn't work, but Suzann's insatiable curiosity, smarty pants mouth,
tendency to make up stuff, and love of mystery novels somehow became the basis of a writing career.
Suzann (suzannledbetter.com) is a popular speaker and an editoratlarge for Family Circle. Her latest
books are the contemporary suspense caper, Once a Thief (Mira), and Shady Ladies (Tor/Forge), a
collection of biographies of seventeen fascinating, but little known, nineteenth century females (both
published in 2006). Suzann and her husband, David Ellingsworth, live in the southwest Missouri Ozarks
with three retired racing greyhounds, two cats, and about nine million books.
Elizabeth Massie is a two time Bram Stoker Award–winning author of horror novels, novellas, and short
stories, published by major houses including Simon & Schuster, Tor, Harper, Avon, NAL, and more. Her
books include Sineater, Welcome Back to the Night, Wire Mesh Mothers, Dark Shadows: Dreams of the
Dark (coauthored with Stephen Mark Rainey), Shadow Dreams, The Fear Report, The Little Magenta
Book of Mean Stories, and others. Her most recent novel, Twisted Branch: A Novel of the Abbadon Inn
(written as "Chris Blaine"), was published by Berkley in 2005. Elizabeth also writes historical novels for
young adults. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with illustrator Cortney Skinner
(designer/builder of the mutant and other props for the Sony released feature film, The Lost Skeleton of
Cadavra), and is mother to Erin, twentynine, Brian, twentysix, and grandmother to Anya, not quite a year.
During her twenty-five years as a professional writer, Christine Matthews has produced more than sixty
short stories in the mystery, horror, dark fantasy, and western genres. Her Gil & Claire mystery trilogy
began in 1999 and concluded with Same Time, Same Murder in 2005. Of the second novel, The Masks of
Auntie Laveau, the L. A. Times said, "This is a blueprint for how to write a thriller." Her stories have
appeared in three collections of Year's Finest Stories and her story I'm a Dirty Girl was optioned for a film.
She has also published a collection of her short stories, Gentle Insanities and Other States of Mind. She
was coeditor of Lethal Ladies II and a contributor to the book Writing the P.I. Novel. In addition she is a
poet and a playwright. She is currently assembling a "reading theater" production of her work.
Marcia Muller has long been considered a pioneer in the mystery world because of her creation of Sharon
McCone, a San Francisco private investigator. The first McCone novel was published in 1977. The
Chicago Tribune called her "one of the treasures of the genre." And the Cleveland Plain Dealer said,
"Reading Muller is like watching a superb ballplayer at work." In July 2001, Muller published Point
Deception, a departure from her longtime series set in the fictional Soledad County. Her latest novel,
Cape Perdido, is also set in Soledad County and was published by Mysterious Press in 2005. She has
received the Grandmaster Award from MWA, the PWA Lifetime Achievement Award, the Ridley Award,
an American Mystery Award, and the Anthony Award. Muller has also written three novels with her
husband, Bill Pronzini, and published four short story collections and numerous nonfiction articles. She is
currently at work on her twentyfourth Sharon McCone novel.
Sara Paretsky was recently awarded the Private Eye Writers of America Life Achievement Award, The
Eye, for her prodigious contribution to the PI genre. She has also been awarded the Diamond Dagger
Award for Best Novel from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain, but amazingly, The Eye is the
first American award she has ever received. Her Chicago private eye V. I. Warshawski appeared on the
scene in 1983 with Indemnity Only. Fire Sale, the twelfth Warshawski novel, was published in 2005.
There is also a collection of Sara's short work, Windy City Blues.
Nancy Pickard is the author of the Jenny Cain and Marie Lightfoot mystery series. She is also the author
of dozens of short stories and of three novels in the Eugenia Potter series created by Virginia Rich. She
is the coauthor, with Lynn Lott, of the acclaimed nonfiction book about writing, Seven Steps on the
Writer's Path. She has won Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus Awards for her short stories and
Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards for her novels. She is a three time Edgar Award nominee. Her
most recent novel is The Virgin of Small Plans, which is set in the Flint Hills of her home state of Kansas.
S. J. Rozan
S. J. Rozan is the author of eight novels in the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Award winning Lydia Chin /
Bill Smith PI series, including Winter and Night, which won the Edgar, Nero, and Macavity Awards and
was nominated for the Shamus and Anthony Awards. Her most recent book is a post-9/11 novel, Absent
Friends, published to rave reviews in 2004. Born and raised in the Bronx, she is an architect and lives in
Julie Smith is a former reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the San Francisco Chronicle
who lives in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. Her first novel featuring New Orleans
cop Skip Langdon, New Orleans Mourning, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel, and she has
since published eight more highly acclaimed books in the series, including Jazz Funeral, 82 Desire, and
Mean Woman Blues. Her most recent novel, PI on a Hot Tin Roof, is her fourth featuring African-American
New Orleans private eye Talba Wallis, a.k.a. the Baroness Pontalba. Critics have hailed Smith for having
"a knack for reinventing herself with each new series while established characters are still going strong"
and "her deft exploration of her characters' intimate relationships." For more information about Julie
Smith, visit her Web site at casamysterioso.com.
Denise Mina left school at sixteen and worked at a series of jobs before going to school to study law.
After law school, she misused a Ph.D. grant to research and write Garnethill, in which a former
psychiatric patient wakes up to find her married lover sitting in her living room with his throat slit. The
book won the CWA John Creasy Memorial Dagger for the best first novel in 1998. Exile and Resolution,
parts two and three of the Maureen O'Donnell trilogy, followed. Her first stand alone book, Deception, is
the discovered diary of a house husband whose wife has been convicted of murder. Field of Blood (2005)
is the first of five books following Paddy Meehan through Britain in the eighties and nineties. She is now
writing the follow-up Dead Hour, thirteen issues of Hellblazer for DC Comics, plus a short play LadyMag.
She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.