Susan Oleksiw

Biography

Susan Oleksiw writes the Anita Ray series featuring Indian American photographer Anita Ray, who has appeared in two books, Under the Eye of Kali (2010) and The Wrath of Shiva (2012). She also writes the Mellingham series featuring Chief of Police Joe Silva (Murder in Mellingham, 1993, is the first book in the series), now available in all eBook formats.

Susan compiled A Reader’s Guide to the Classic British Mystery (1988), after spending years and years reading crime fiction and taking notes. Talking about her favorite books with friends just wasn't enough, so she offered her list of books to a publisher.

Susan was consulting editor for The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing (1999), which is a wonderful reference on all sorts of topics related to crime fiction.

In addition to writing and reviewing crime fiction, Oleksiw was a co-founder of Level Best Books, which continues to thrive under new ownership, and The Larcom Press, which published The Larcom Review and a number of mysteries before its founders decided to move on to other challenges.

Susan lives and writes in Massachusetts with her husband, Michael Oleksiw, an award-winning photographer.

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Books

Come About for Murder: A Mellingham Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,980. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A luscious and idyllic summer turns deadly when a woman known as a skilled sailor falls off her boat and drowns. Days later her husband kills himself in despair. It's all tragic, but Chief of Police Joe Silva comes across an unlikely clue, and the tragedy become a sinister attempt to silence two of Mellingham's favorite residents.
The Wrath of Shiva: An Anita Ray Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,440. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Anita Ray visits her eldest relative to offer comfort when a granddaughter fails to arrive, but during her own visit she finds other events in the home much more ominous. A maidservant has had a number of possessions during which she makes dire predictions. The family astrologer suggests an exorcism, but Anita has her doubts about his motives.
Under the Eye of Kali: An Anita Ray Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,950. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Anita Ray, an Indian American photographer, lives in her aunt's tourist hotel on the coast of South India. Despite her aunt's best efforts to marry her off and force her into a respectable life, Anita has a knack of discovering bodies and crimes, and she on't let go till she solves them. Anita's adventures take the reader into the little-known world behind the exotic facade.
Last Call for Justice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,360. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Chief of Police Joe Silva doesn't expect to investigate crime in his own family when he takes Gwen, his partner, and her daughter Jennie to his parents' home for a long weekend. For the last two years his father has talked about bringing the entire family together for a reunion. He's an old man, he tells everyone, and he wants a stain on the family to be settled before he dies. Now is the time.
A Murderous Innocence
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,940. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
No town or city is immune to the scourge of drugs and addiction sweeping the country. Chief of Police Joe Silva knows that all too well, and the truth of this knowledge is brought home to Mellingham when a young man, recently clean and sober, dies in an accident. Something about this death doesn't feel right, and he fears it may be only the first.
Friends and Enemies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,080. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Loyalty is an admirable quality, but not if it leads to one friend turning against another. When old friends gather in Mellingham for a high school reunion, there is one who wants to know the truth. Who sent his father to prison, and changed his family's life forever? Chief Joe Silva must learn a lot about the paper industry, its closed world and the loyalty it inspires, in order to solve a crime.
Family Album
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,560. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The quiet coastal village of Mellingham is home to old families, old homes, and, it seems, old and new grudges. Chief of Police Joe Silva is called to investigate a murder in the most stately of old houses, the Arbella House, home of the local historical society.
Double Take
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,530. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Chief Joe Silva has his hands full when a student is murdered at the small Massasoit College of Art in Mellingham. The picturesque coastal village is home to a number of artists who usually work quietly and productively, but a new student brings with him a air of menace and unsettles several of the more established artists in the college. The quiet New England village is once again home to murder.
Murder in Mellingham
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,350. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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The sharp sea air and the biting tongue of Beth O'Donnell invigorate the lovely coastal village of Mellingham. Younger sister of one of Mellingham's most prominent residents, Beth arrives uninvited and unwelcome every two years to renew her shaky relationship with her generous brother, and to share her venomous view of life with anyone who will listen. This visit will be her last.

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