Janet Dawson

Biography

In elementary school, Janet Dawson wrote mysteries in longhand on lined binder paper, influenced by those blue-backed Nancy Drew books she devoured. Now Janet writes about private investigator Jeri Howard. Her first book, Kindred Crimes, won the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America contest for Best Private Eye Novel, and was nominated for Shamus, Anthony and Macavity awards. Other books include Till The Old Men Die, Take A Number, Don't Turn Your Back On The Ocean, Nobody's Child, A Credible Threat, Where The Bodies Are Buried, A Killing At The Track, Bit Player, Cold Trail and Water Signs.She is also the author of a suspense novel, What You Wish For, and two books in the California Zephyr historical mystery series, Death Rides the Zephyr and Death Deals a Hand.

Janet was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Colorado. With a journalism degree from the University of Colorado, she worked as a newspaper reporter, then joined the Navy. An enlisted journalist, she wrote news and features in public affairs offices in Guam and Pensacola, FL. As an officer, her duties took her to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives in Alameda. Janet has a master's degree in history from California State University East Bay and can't think of anything she wants to study enough to go back to grad school. She is happily retired from her day job and writing full time.

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Books

But Not Forgotten
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,090. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
IT'S BEEN 50 YEARS SINCE FERN DISAPPEARED, WHAT HAPPENED TO HER? DID SHE RUN AWAY? OR WAS SHE ABDUCTED? MAGGIE CONSTABLE WANTS TO KNOW HOW THE STORY ENDS. Fern goes missing after breaking up with her boyfriend, on the night of her graduation party. Now it's time for the 50th high school reunion, and Fern's friend Maggie wants answers, finally.
Packrat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,660. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
“When the neighbors saw rats climbing the curtains . . . they called the cops.” A pack rat – of the human variety – lives in the rundown house, surrounded by the junk he hoards. As the officers discover, there’s more to this short story than the rats at the window and the piles of old newspaper inside. What’s going on is a crime.
Voice Mail
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Winner of the Macavity Award for Best Short Story. We communicate by e-mail, text, voice mail – all detached and at a distance, without the immediate feedback of a face-to-face conversation, or even the voice-to-voice exchange of a phone call. But sometimes there are reasons for that distance, as one woman discovers her ex-husband has his own agenda.
By the Book
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,410. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Accident? Or suicide? That’s the question Navy Lieutenant Dinah Gray must answer when a sailor at her Navy command drives a car into San Francisco Bay. In this short story, Dinah discovers people would rather she didn’t make waves, including the formidable captain Dinah calls The Dragon Lady. Despite the pressure, the young officer must go where the evidence, and her conscience, lead her.
Witchcraft
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,900. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Backing the wrong horse can be murder. And in this short story, jockey Deakin Kelley is about to be taken for the ride of his life. Deakin’s bewitched. He’s fallen under the spell of a beautiful woman, one with a sleek figure and a sly, come-hither smile. But witchcraft – and obsessive love – are dangerous.
Mrs. Lincoln's Dilemma
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,600. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of the sixteenth president, is the First Lady of a nation embroiled in the Civil War. She’s also a savvy political wife in wartime Washington. In this short story, the First Lady uses her powers of observation and the help of two White House employees to sort out crimes – including murder – and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Invisible Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,550. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Greta and Hank are orphaned and homeless, scrabbling for survival on the cold, rainy streets of San Francisco. In this short story, a noir take on Hansel and Gretel, the little girl struggles to keep herself and her brother from falling through the cracks in this scary urban landscape, where homeless adults help and also prey on lost children.
What the Cat Dragged In
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,290. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Hattie Ballew is a gold miner in California’s Mother Lode. She works a claim with her brothers, and enjoys the company of her cat Little Bit, who pilfers things from the cabin and the surrounding woods. As Hattie finds out in this short story, the lust for gold leads to violence – and murder. And Little Bit may drag in a clue.
Scam and Eggs
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,340. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A fabulous jeweled egg made by Fabergé for the Russian imperial family disappears during an art gallery opening. Then murder enters the picture. Private investigator Errol Seville may be retired, but in this short story, it's clear that he still has his private eye chops.

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