Diana Deverell has published six novels, a short fiction collection, and many short stories.
Her newest project is a series of legal thrillers set in Spokane and featuring Nora Dockson, a death penalty appeal attorney with a checkered past. The first, Help Me Nora, was released in July, 2014.
Diana made her debut as a novelist in 1998 with a series of international thrillers featuring State Department counterterrorist analyst Kathryn “Casey” Collins: No Place for an Honest Woman, 12 Drummers Drumming, Night on Fire, and East Past Warsaw. Her short story, "Warm Bodies in a Cold War", originally published in 1996 under a different title, introduced Casey to the readership of the Foreign Service Journal. The story and all four thrillers are now available as ebooks.
In 2000, her short fiction starring FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd started making regular appearances in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Her mystery collection, Run & Gun: A Dozen Tales of Girls with Guns, includes eleven Dawna Shepherd stories first published by Alfred Hitchcock, plus all-new “Latin Groove”. Both the collection and “In Plain Sight: A Dawna Shepherd Short Story,” her 2013 mystery, are available in e-editions. Dawna’s latest adventure, “Blown,” is scheduled for December 2014 release in the Kobo Special Edition of Pulse Pounders, a Fiction River anthology.
In 2012, she released her comic mystery novel, Murder, Ken Kesey, and Me as an ebook.
Other digital editions include "Heart Failure", a short story set on the day Jim Morrison died, written to order for a publisher of textbooks for Danish teens learning English.
Diana is a member (and past board member) of the International Association of Crime Writers and belongs to Mystery Readers International. She belongs to the American Women’s Club in Denmark and coordinates their writers’ group. Her short fiction has appeared in Good Works: Prose and Poetry by Ex-Pat Women in Denmark and been reprinted in Piece of Cake, an English textbook for Danish eighth-graders.
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Help Me Nora
A riveting legal thriller inspired by real-life injustice. Nora Dockson pulled herself out of the gutter to become a death penalty appeal attorney. Now, the state’s attorney is exploiting Nora’s ex-con past to force her off a case at the critical moment. Something’s up and Nora’s determined to find out what. Will she keep her oath to tell the truth if only deception can save an innocent man?
In Plain Sight: A Dawna Shepherd Short Story
Fleeing the cops, a wily Ponzi-schemer disguised in a black hat and chin whiskers is hiding among the Plain Folk wintering in a Sarasota suburb nicknamed “the Amish Las Vegas.” Trying to smoke out the fugitive, FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd tangles again with a persistent and hunky bounty hunter. She finds herself suiting up with a Florida college's women's basketball team to nail her man.
12 Drummers Drumming
A New York bound flight explodes soon after takeoff from Heathrow and US Foreign Service Officer Casey Collins is swiftly embroiled in a twisted series of events that paint her as a terrorist conspirator and a suspect in the airline bombing. Casey finds herself in a breakneck race against time, a lone woman standing between a diabolical terrorist and the completion of his deadly plan.
Steve’s only 15 when his favorite lead singer dies. That loss makes him fear another. Older brother Tom is in the army, deployed to a war zone an ocean away. In only sixty days, Tom’s due home, but will he make it alive? And how can a kid brother help a soldier stay safe? This short story remembers the death of Jim Morrison in 1971, but the aching fear for a loved one fighting abroad is timeless.
Murder, Ken Kesey, and Me
An indie company is filming Ken Kesey's life story. Oregon location scout Star Stevens stumbles over a dead body and into the embrace of the FBI. She's forced to join their investigation of gangland boss and titty bar owner Oscar Quarry. Narrowly escaping death, she's suddenly living her own movie. Will she be a star? Or the next corpse? And which homicidal Oregonian is racking up the body count?
Run & Gun: A Dozen Tales of Girls with Guns
FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd confronts a Warsaw crime boss, a New York City bounty hunter, and a Homeland Security agent cowboying in the middle of the North Sea, among others. She foils devious plots ranging from human trafficking to illegal sports betting, and more. From Dallas to Ulan Bator, Dawna shuts down not only the FBI's most wanted and but also any crook messing with her family.
No Place for an Honest Woman
Junior diplomat Kathryn “Casey” Collins sits in Cold War Poland. In April 1986, she's a sitting duck. East Bloc spies are trying to trick secrets from her. Gaddafi's terrorist surrogates are killing Americans in Europe as the US Air Force readies its bombers to raid Libya. Chernobyl's meltdown will soon shower her with radioactive fallout. Casey must choose sides. A wrong decision means death.
Warm Bodies in a Cold War
The boar Casey Collins hit is road-kill. Her VW's in a snow-shrouded ditch. She and Matt, the young Marine guard riding shotgun, are stuck on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain after dark, an hour from the Warsaw embassy. She can't let the lad freeze to death. She cajoles him into her double sleeping bag and climbs in after. Her need for warmth this icy winter night puts her on a deadly road.
East Past Warsaw
From twilight in the parking lot at Dulles Airport to a sunlit afternoon in a Belarus orchard, the action winds breathlessly eastward as Casey Collins and her small band of unlikely cohorts struggle to contain a nuclear evil let loose when the Cold War ended.
En route to Berlin for an international conference, a crushing series of events force Casey into the field to risk all she holds dear.
Night on Fire
U.S. Foreign Service officer Casey Collins is in Denmark to locate black market Stinger missiles. The search draws her into a deadly war between rival motorcycle gangs. Her partner in the Stinger project is caught in the crossfire and Casey stands exposed in the fiery blaze of a midnight sun. A dark net from Denmark to the volatile capitals of Eastern Europe tightens around her.
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