R. E. Conary

Biography

First, and foremost, I’m a reader. It’s a rare night I’m not tucked in with a book before bed. Books are as much a part of me, my DNA, as the Conarys, Dames, Longs, Fullers, Cousins and Chiltons on back to that first amoeba that tweaked to life in the long forgotten primordial ooze. And I try to write stories I’d like to read.

I write many types of stories but private investigator Rachel Cord is my modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac striding through Raymond Chandler's mean streets. James Rockford in drag. She's a what-you-see-is-what-you-get woman who's not afraid to take chances or make mistakes and is willing to let the reader into her darkest moments as well as her accomplishments. She holds nothing back.

I come from a long line of New Englanders and was raised on the sunny shores of Southern California. For 20 plus years I lived and worked in different parts of the country and the world courtesy of Uncle Sam. I currently live in Southern Georgia with my wife and two cats.

Smashwords Interview

Why do you write Mysteries?
There's a problem or puzzle (i.e. crime) to solve that invites reader participation. That's the major draw. I also like the private detective format. The main characters are mostly mavericks who won't be pigeonholed. The stories are usually first-person POV. What you see is what you get. And Rachel Cord plays fair. The readers see the same clues she does letting them solve the mystery as quickly -- often more quickly -- as she does.
How did you develop your main character?
Private investigator Rachel Cord was created by a desire for a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac willing to stride through Raymond Chandler's mean streets -- with attitude and panache -- taking on any odds, yet humanly flawed and tender within. Sort of a James Rockford in drag.
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Where to find R. E. Conary online

Series

Rachel Cord Confidential Investigations
Rachel Cord is a tough, hard-boiled, take-no-nonsense, private detective prowling the mean streets and dark byways of America's heartland.
Life's A Bitch. So Am I.
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!)
Still a Bitch
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!)
Bad Bitch Blues
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!)
Queen Of Tarts
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!)
Where The Hell Is Tessa Ryker?
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!)

Books

Where The Hell Is Tessa Ryker?
Series: Rachel Cord Confidential Investigations. Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 63,120. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Fourteen-year-old Tessa Ryker's running scared. She needs to hide, to disappear before the man who killed her family discovers she saw him and finds her too. Now everyone’s after her: the killer, the police and Rachel Cord and her Confidential Investigations team.
Rachel Cord Confidential Investigations Boxed Set
Price: $5.99 $2.40 USD. (60% off!) Words: 251,990. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
"Life isn't all hearts and flowers. It's pain and suffering too. It's dirty little secrets buried deep in the muck and mire where the grubs and worms feed. Secrets I unbury." ~ Rachel Cord, Confidential Investigations This boxed set includes Books 1-4 of the Rachel Cord Confidential Investigations series, a Rachel Cord short and a first look at Book 5, “Where the Hell is Tessa Ryker?”.
Eyes of Gaal
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Can you steal from a god? A witch and a thief tempt fate when they seek a god's power.
Queen Of Tarts
Series: Rachel Cord Confidential Investigations. Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 85,160. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Is it possible to go home again? Rachel Cord must decide if she can face old demons, old prejudices, or lose Wendy Devlin, the love of her life, to an ultimatum: "I’ll marry you anywhere, but I’m meeting your family first. That’s my deal. Remember, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” It's that killing part that worries me, Rachel thought. “She’s been shot. Someone shot her.”
Bad Bitch Blues
Series: Rachel Cord Confidential Investigations. Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 47,390. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Life’s never easy. It’s rarely fair. In fact, Life’s a crapshoot. We don’t know the result until we roll the dice. But what happens when the dice roll says someone wants you dead?
Hangman's Oak
Price: Free! Words: 5,800. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
On Oct. 1, 1947, Paul Jasper Monroe was lynched at Hangman’s Oak. He was a decorated WWII veteran. He was Black. He was also Gay. Despite rumors, no one was ever arrested. Sixty-eight years later on the anniversary of Monroe’s murder, George Armstrong Cutter, often suspected as one of the killers, was found hanging from Hangman’s Oak. Revenge or Justice?
Still a Bitch
Series: Rachel Cord Confidential Investigations. Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off!) Words: 56,950. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
"Life isn't all hearts and flowers. It's pain and suffering too. It's dirty little secrets buried deep in the muck and mire where the grubs and worms feed. Secrets I unbury." Private detective Rachel Cord chases multiple threads through a labyrinth of missing persons, buried bodies, sex, new love, and an ex-lover who may be a serial killer. Book Two (Second Edition)
Life's A Bitch. So Am I.
Series: Rachel Cord Confidential Investigations. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 58,790. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Hard-boiled, private detective Rachel Cord pursues multiple threads seeking a runaway teen and why gay performers are being beaten at Miss Kitty's Kathouse Kabaret. Threads that twist and bind Rachel within a tight cord of lost love, child pornography, rape, murder and near insanity. Leaving her to question her personal credo that "Life's a Bitch. So am I." Book one (Second Edition)