Barbara Riegel


I’m a freelance writer with a day job. My work has appeared in Reader's Digest Books, City Search and others. Some time ago, while doing research for another writer, I came across a small article, describing the “handcuff strangler” in a 1910 Seattle Times Newspaper. I just couldn’t let it go. This was the year that Washington State women won the right to vote (ten years before the U.S. passed the 19th amendment). Reformers were trying to shed Seattle's Wild West image and turn the town into a sophisticated modern city. This is my first novel.


South of the Deadline
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,580. Language: American English. Published: September 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
In 1910, Seattle’s red light district, called the “Deadline,” is doing booming business in gambling, boozing and prostitution. Clara Johnson, a singer and prostitute, is found murdered in a cheap hotel. Suffragette Sophie Bramson, fleeing the music halls of Paris, returns to Seattle and meets Dr. Lars Haglund, a surgeon and pioneer forensic scientist. Together they investigate Clara's death.

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