Ann Morven

Smashwords Interview

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse online, searching for favourite genres or authors. Sometimes a new name appeals because of a striking cover or a good blurb, and then I'll take a look at a sample. Sampling is a must for me nowadays. Too often, and even with a print copy in a bookshop, I have rushed to purchase and been disappointed. Once I find an author I like I'll look at everything they have written.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I used to make up stories for my son, inventing as I went along while monitoring his expression for the effect. From age 2 to age 8 he was my inspiration (and unsuspecting tutor) in the art of creating fiction. Most of all, it was a most satisfying exercise for a new mum. Later I wrote down a few of these tales and later still had a go at writing a mystery for adults. It was a short story, and I sold it for a couple of quid to Central Press, a London agency that supplied features for newspapers. Its title: "The Man Beyond Suspicion". I have always enjoyed reading whodunits, so I suppose it was natural to begin writing them. I also love country music, which is why my female sleuth follows that vocation. Her very first case was bought by the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (The Clue of the Willy-Willy, set in outback Australia. This same story has been republished as Blood On The Wind). Since then, Sheil B. Wright has visited other lands to sing, solve murders and irritate various police investigators throughout the world.
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Books

Crime Please!
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,050. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2012 by Darling Newspaper Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
CHILLS AND CHUCKLES . . . This selection of mystery tales by Ann Morven, diva of the whodunit, varies from the macabre to the magical, yet always a gripping read. Whether it is widowed Marjorie cultivating weeds, Luckless Liz trying to strike it rich or balladeer Sheil B. Wright bumbling along a murder trail, readers are assured of sizzling entertainment.
The Right Royal Bastard
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,640. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2011 by Darling Newspaper Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Alleged true heir to the British throne, a Black Australian singer is murdered on the eve of inheriting a fortune. To unmask the killer, bumbling amateur sleuth Sheil B. Wright opposes a police Anglophile and a sinister toff from Buckingham Palace.
The Seventh Petal
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,510. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2011 by Darling Newspaper Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
A creepy castle, hidden treasure, and the murders keep coming. Bumbling balladeer Sheil B. Wright finds a corpse and intrudes on an isolated weekend group in the Scottish Highlands. While a dunce at deduction, she’s well versed in human frailty and traumas of the heart. But can she catch a serial killer?
The Killing of Hamlet
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,360. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2009 by Darling Newspaper Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Visiting folksinger Sheil B. Wright, hired to sing old ballads, witnesses a real murder on stage during the premiere of a newly discovered Shakespeare play. The English village audience, however, see Sheil as the killer. To clear her name she must challenge hi-tech forensics. After a second murder, Sheil finds a 400-year-old clue, and this makes her the killer's next target.
The Widow's Golden Weeds
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,000. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2009 by Darling Newspaper Press. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Everybody praised Marjorie’s gourmet wonder, yet her closest neighbour was determined to destroy it. Not just a short story, Ann Morven's delightful narrative includes the bonus of some delicious dandelion recipes.
Look In The Well
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,250. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2009 by Darling Newspaper Press. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
A young couple with children buy a house at suspiciously low price. The ghostly urgings that follow could not be denied. An old well can hold all manner of things. In this creepy yarn, the suspense is well written, the denouement amusing, and the final twist a chilling horror. Ann Morven knows how to grip from her very first sentence.
Birthday Snakes
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,940. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2009 by Darling Newspaper Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hired to sing for a sultan, professional entertainer and amateur sleuth Sheil B. Wright is accused of stealing his priceless birthday jewels. To clear her name she must find the real thief, but an angry cobra has its own deadly agenda.
Luckless Liz And The Lotto Dream
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,640. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2009 by Darling Newspaper Press. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(2.00 from 1 review)
Most people agree that superstitions are silly, yet those same people think twice about flouting them! In this light-hearted family tale, author Ann Morven captures the instincts and frustrations that motivate all mums, and there’s an end twist that inspires. This tale is short and sweet, yet could well charm your own vital goodluck.
That Lovely Feeling
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,240. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2009 by Darling Newspaper Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Love and murder, both passionate pursuits, share a jungle retreat for millionaires. In this tangled habitat of lust and fear, cash-strapped Sheil (make ’em laugh) is hired to sing. She hunts for clues and herself falls prey. Whodunit diva Ann Morven's tease is more risqué than her usual. It is a scary tingle of delight, featuring her popular heavyweight chump of crime fiction.
Murder Piping Hot
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,100. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2009 by Darling Newspaper Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Mad bomber at large, bumbling amateur in pursuit! Folksinger Sheil B. Wright is sole survivor when a Scottish ritual is fatally disrupted in Australia's green Southwest. Sheil challenges pedantic police inspector Sheryl Holmes, descendant of the great Sherlock, finding clues in a lovesong and smutty verse by Robert Burns. Passions are unleashed. The killer decides Sheil must die.
Blood On The Wind
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,300. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2009 by Darling Newspaper Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
You never know where murder will strike. This brilliant short whodunit first appeared 1993 in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
Swamp Magic
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2009 by Darling Newspaper Press. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Young woman trapped in a magic spell? It happens all the time in fairy tales; now, in this short story, author Ann Morven weaves her particular fancy around a global modern problem, the extinction of rare species. In this light-hearted romp, magic twists unpredictable spells, yet isn’t love itself the greatest magic?
Kill Him Sweetly
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2008 by Darling Newspaper Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Christmas ain't happy when you're next target of an unknown killer. This award winning short-story of 3240 words is by the whodunit diva Ann Morven.

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