Rick Bylina


Rick Bylina lives with his wife, Carrie, and their 20-year-old cockatiel, Sydney, near Apex, North Carolina. Ongoing corporate downsizing convinced him to tap into his passion. He scribbled down any crazy idea that crossed his mind. After gaining discipline, he wrote his debut mystery novel, "One Promise Too Many", the first in a series featuring Detective Roger Stark. Writing happens spontaneously between housework, gardening, cooking, fishing, and wrestling alligators.

"One Promise Too Many" - available everywhere.
"A Matter of Faith" - available everywhere.
"All of Our Secrets" - available just about everywhere.
"Bathroom Reading" - coming November, 2012

Where to find Rick Bylina online

Where to buy in print


All of Our Secrets
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,860. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
His wife's secret past and a relentless detective hinder Bruce Neumanski from establishing his innocence and rebuilding his life after her death. Inspired by a real-life mystery.
A Matter of Faith
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,160. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Does Faith Moreno's romantic pursuit of a young priest help Detective Stark bring a murderer to justice or just mark Faith as the next victim?
One Promise Too Many
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,850. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 9 reviews)
For his first case, Detective Roger Stark has 42 hours to find a kidnapped child, but his adversary plays by a different set of rules and continually raises the stakes until someone has to pay the price.

Smashwords book reviews by Rick Bylina

  • Penelope and The Birthday Curse on June 26, 2011

    Agatha Christie perfected the locked-room murder. Nancy Drew stumbled into murders that mystified adults. However, PENELOPE AMOUR must solve a murder that confounds the adults in her world before she becomes the next victim. In Ron Voigts’ debut novel, we laugh and scratch our heads at the antics of the invitees to Penelope's 13th birthday party in an isolated mansion ruled by her strong-willed mother and eccentric father. Then, Ron takes us to the darker side. After the first murder, a gypsy foretells of two more. We shudder as the killer stalks Penelope, and the action gets too close to our heroine. Sometimes a young girl has to become a strong, levelheaded woman to prevent the murderer from killing her so she can get to the birthday presents she deserves. Though it is a Young Adult novel at heart, there is plenty of mystery and merriment to keep all ages laughing and scratching their heads, trying to figure out, "Who did it?” Five starts out of the gate.
  • Penelope and The Ghost's Treasure on Oct. 06, 2011

    Penelope's ability to get in and out of danger at her prep school equals her inquisitive nature. That nature exceeds the adults in this quirky, funny, and endearing story of a young girl who must solve her own problems even if they include murder, ghosts, and treasures, AND the roadblocks adults put in her way. So myopic are the adult's attention, Penelope at times becomes her own McGuffin. Brilliant. Ron's ability to create an enjoyable YA story that adults can enjoy is admirable. - Rick Bylina, author of ONE PROMISE TOO MANY & A MATTER OF FAITH