Leon Shure

Biography

Leon Shure has published seven mysteries, all taking place in the wealthy and diverse North Shore suburbs of Chicago. These are "Fatal Sisters," "The Baba Yaga, a Dr. Adam Karl Mystery," and "Screams and Bleeds, a Vanek Mystery," "Think Fast, Detective Vanek," “The Search for Hanson Sted, a Cal Hodges Mystery,” and two Kate Wehring mysteries. Another of his books, a free collection of his Twitter tweets "#Conversationstopers: Puns, Non Sequitur, Impossible Scenarios" became a ebook best seller, with almost 30,000 downloads and a second collection of his #Conversationstoppers has been published. Shure is completing second drafts of a Baba Yaga sequel and a Cal Hodges sequel

Shure is a life-long resident of the Chicago area, and has lived both in the city and in the North and Northwest suburbs. A bachelors and masters graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Shure worked for the Lerner Newspapers (a chain of weeklies in the city); the Day Newspapers, a suburban daily newspaper chain owned by Field Enterprises, now the Chicago Sun-Times;, and Paddock Publications, a chain of daily newspapers in the Northwest suburbs, where he worked as a police reporter. He received the Jacob Sher Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting.

Shure also served as an attorney for a Federal Ageny and has held elective office in local governments. He is married and has two children.

Smashwords Interview

First of all, may I call you Leon?
No.
Mr. Shure, if I may call you that . . ?
It’s really a pen name. I’m actually one of the most popular writers in the world. I’m just trying to see if it’s my name alone that attracts readers. Actually, I wrote the Harry Porter books.
Read more of this interview.

Books

Littlemayor, a City of Brunswik Mystery
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Series: City of Brunswik Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,890. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
The second in the City of Brunswik Mystery series. Tiny but feisty Mayor Maggie Wellington finds her life and political career threatened when a developer of a shopping mall goes missing and an alderman dies in an arson. Returning is reporter Becky, Suzanne and Ash, from “Audition for Murder.”
Audition for Murder, a City of Brunswik Mystery
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Series: City of Brunswik Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,470. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
By popular demand, Detective Berringer and his wife, reporter Becky Frangelmore, have their own mystery/adventure, as, independent of each other, they compete to discover who murdered the director of the Park District’s summer play. Both are tempted to violate their marital vows. Both put their lives in danger.
Deathbed Confession, a Cal Hodges Mystery
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Series: Cal Hodges Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,790. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
"Investigator Cal Hodges and his lawyer wife, the very pregnant Merle, return in a sequel to “The Search for Hanson Sted,” to investigate the murder of prominent industrialist and inventor, Alexander Frost. During a family memorial weekend for the inventor at a downtown Chicago hotel, both Cal and Merle are instead hunted by the murderer. Returning are Edwards and also Trisha Sted.
The Bogeyman, a Dr. Adam Karl Mystery
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Series: Dr. Adam Karl Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,400. Language: American English. Published: July 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
In this sequel to the critically acclaimed mystery, “The Baba Yaga”, Dr. Adam Karl, neurologist and autistic heir to a major crime syndicate, must twist himself into what he fears most, becoming a ruthless killer, to save his fiancé Kayko Brasen. Adam also must leave his beloved North Shore to find out his family's secrets and to stop Jessica Jeret from selling their soon-to-be born child.
#Conversationstoppers 3: Even More Puns, Non Sequiturs, Impossible Scenarios
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Series: #Conversationstoppers:. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,880. Language: American English. Published: July 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Tweets certain to stop any conversation, and generate a good laugh, from the author of the Kate Wehring Mysteries, the Vanek Mysteries, the Cal Hodges Mysteries, and the Dr. Adam Karl Mysteries. Two other #Conversationstoppers collections are also available.
Think Fast, Detective Vanek
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Series: Vanek Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 75,110. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
In the sequel to “Screams and Bleeds,” Detective Vanek must find out who murdered his partner, Jessup, while capturing the terrorists who are trying to intimidate the new Chicago mayor, Angela Marchete. And what about marrying Debra? Emily Rasmussen goes undercover, Amanda has a problem, and the little ladies become feminists.
Deep Lucy, a Kate Wehring Mystery
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Series: North Shore Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,540. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
The second in the Kate Wehring Mystery series. Murder at her family’s carnival business launches reporter Kate Wehring on a ride with as many twists and turns as the Whip-Ass, the carnival’s roller coaster, as Kate and Hal unpeel, step by step, a conspiracy that may have disastrous consequences for her family. Tommy Spevak of “Fatal Sisters” returns.
Presumed Alive, a Kate Wehring Mystery
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Series: North Shore Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,500. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
The first in the Kate Wehring Mystery series. Four bodies are found newly asphyxiated in a suburban park. Each has been missing and presumed dead for up to two years, and relatives have already been convicted for their murders. Reporter Kate Wehring is launched on a multi-state search that could solve a few of her own mysteries.
The Search for Hanson Sted
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Series: Cal Hodges Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 76,570. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Cal Hodges, an investigator for a law firm, and Merle Grayson, his fiance, are asked to confirm the death of a missing heir, so his relatives can inherit. Instead, it appears the lost heir has returned with the intention of killing all who plotted his death.
#Conversationstoppers 2: More Puns, Non Sequiturs, and Impossible Scenarios
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Series: #Conversationstoppers:. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,490. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Tweets certain to stop any conversation, and generate a good laugh, from the author of the mysteries, "Fatal Sisters," "The Baba Yaga," and Screams and Bleeds," available on all e-book readers.
Screams and Bleeds, a Vanek Mystery
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Series: Vanek Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,390. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
When an aspiring actress from a Chicago suburb becomes the suspect in a murder, Police Detective Vanek must risk his life and the lives of his family to prove she is innocent.
The Baba Yaga, a Dr. Adam Karl Mystery
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Series: Dr. Adam Karl Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,130. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The first book in the Myth-steries series, mysteries with a touch of the strange. A young doctor, Adam Karl, who has perceptual problems, and his “seeing eye woman,” Kayko Brasen, are asked by a Chicago Police Detective, Michael Dunne, to get testimony from an autistic child who is the only witness to his mother’s murder. Stalked, Dr Karl discovers frightening secrets about his own family.
#Conversationstoppers: Puns, Non Sequiturs, Impossible Scenarios
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Series: #Conversationstoppers:. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
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Tweets guaranteed to stop any conversation, and generate a good laugh, from the author of the new mystery, "Fatal Sisters," available on all e-book readers.
Fatal Sisters
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Series: North Shore Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,760. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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The first book in the North Shore Mysteries series: When her husband's mistress, Megan Spevak, is murdered, Ashley Simon must flee her pleasant suburban life and assume Megan's life in the city or be murdered herself. A good plan until Megan's brother, Thomas, returns from military service and finds that someone is impersonating his sister.

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