The Mystery Company

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Crum Creek Press/The Mystery Company is an independent publishing company owned and operated by Jim Huang. In this decade, our titles have won two Agatha Awards, three Anthony Awards, one Benjamin Franklin Award and two Macavity Awards. Our books have also been nominated for the Dilys and the Shamus Awards, and one more Agatha and Macavity.

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Dismal Mountain
Series: Owen Allison, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 102,940. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2015 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Failure analyst Owen Allison returns to his native West Virginia, where his mother faces cancer and dumping threatens a family hollow. Owen’s Aunt Lizzie vows to stop the dump trucks. A trucker dies and Lizzie swears she pulled the trigger. Owen thinks she’s hiding something. He sets out to find the truth, putting himself in the crosshairs of a conspiracy, as his mother undergoes her own ordeal.
Highway Robbery
Series: Owen Allison, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 95,730. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2014 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Failure analyst Owen Allison is called home to West Virginia. His mother is convinced that a skeleton unearthed by a construction crew belongs to Owen’s father. Owen’s brother George, a highway commissioner, is battling alcohol, a bureaucratic boss and environmentalists determined to stop highway expansion. When a protestor is murdered, George is the prime suspect.
The Contrary Blues
Series: Owen Allison, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 66,230. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2014 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Contrary, West Virginia, a sleepy town with failing coal mines, has an urgent need for revenue. A federal grant for a non-existent bus system meets that need, until an auditor dies under mysterious circumstances. When the Department of Transportation sends Owen Allison to sort things out, Owen decides to let the phony subsidy continue until another body surfaces. Owen fears that he may be next.
Murder in the Dog Days
Series: Maggie Ryan, Book 6. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 80,470. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Reporter Olivia Kerr and her husband Jerry invite Olivia's colleague Dale Colby and his family to the beach. Accompanying them is a pregnant Maggie Ryan, Jerry's sister, and her family. When the beach-goers return, they find Dale’s body in a pool of blood inside his locked office. Vietnam veteran turned police officer Holly Schreiner leads the investigation, battling Maggie—and demons of her own.
Eastward in Eden
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 67,590. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Two years after witnessing a devastating suicide, Owen Keane, metaphysical detective, travels to rural Kenya, hoping to lose himself where no one will think to look for him. Instead, he finds another mystery: the murder of charismatic stranger who claimed to be the reincarnation of a long dead warrior hero. To solve the mystery of his own future, Keane must pay for a life with a life.
Rehearsal for Murder
Series: Maggie Ryan, Book 5. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 62,410. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Steve Bradford has a loving wife and a precious daughter, but he dreams of life in Venezuela with another woman. Nick O’Connor has been cast in a production with the famous Ramona Ricci. But there are new responsibilities too, as he and his wife, Maggie Ryan, are adjusting to life with a baby daughter of their own. Then Ramona is shot, and Steve puts Maggie at the heart of a dangerous deception.
The Lost Keats
Series: Owen Keane, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 71,540. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Owen Keane, a seminarian in the wilds of southern Indiana, is at risk of failure. When an insightful priest offers him a chance at redemption by asking him to find a runaway classmate, mystery addict Keane turns the assignment into a search for a fabulous missing sonnet, an investigation into illicit drug trade, and a harrowing confrontation with his darkest fears.
Murder Unrenovated
Series: Maggie Ryan, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 73,720. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Realtor Len Trager is anxious to sell the brownstone in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, but prospective buyers don’t want to deal with Julia Northrup, who rents the basement apartment. Maggie Ryan and her husband Nick O'Connor love the property. They see though Julia’s act, and they’re not scared off by the corpse on the top floor.
Live to Regret
Series: Owen Keane, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 65,760. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Owen Keane, former seminarian turned metaphysical detective, is in over his head at the Jersey shore. Hired to help a grieving widower who refuses to rejoin the world, Keane finds himself in a resort town haunted by the long-ago death of a real lady in the lake. Somewhere in the town's dark past, Keane must discover the clues he needs to solve the mystery of a broken life.
Murder Is Pathological
Series: Maggie Ryan, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 65,760. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2013 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The exploding wastebasket is a prank, but slaughtered lab rats have graduate students Maggie Ryan, Monica Bauer and the rest of the lab on edge. When the custodian is murdered, actor Nick O’Connor goes undercover to investigate, a protective gesture Maggie does not appreciate. While Maggie and Nick search for the killer, Monica struggles to connect with a young man shot in the head in Vietnam.
Murder Is Academic
Series: Maggie Ryan, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 57,160. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2012 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
In the spring semester of 1968, brutal attacks draws campus women together to study self-defense and the psychology of rape. Mary Beth Nelson struggles to keep the Lords of Death at bay by immersing herself in researching Mayan languages. Her new housemate, Maggie Ryan, has her own secrets. When murder strikes close to home, Maggie investigates with a little help from her friends.
Audition for Murder
Series: Maggie Ryan, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 71,730. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2012 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Nick and Lisette O’Connor need a change. They leave New York City for a semester as artists-in-residence at a college upstate, professional leads in a campus production of Hamlet. Threats and accidents follow Lisette, and Nick worries it might be more than just petty jealousy. Maggie Ryan, a student running lights for the show, helps investigate a mystery steeped in the turmoil of 1967 America.
Deadstick
Series: Owen Keane, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 62,640. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2011 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Owen Keane, failed seminarian, once hoped to find cosmic answers in human mysteries, but he's traded that quest for a 9-to-5 job at a New York law firm and a quiet life. Quiet, that is, until a cryptic request for information on an accident that took the lives of a playboy aviator and his fiancée cracks the solid earth beneath Keane’s feet and pitches him once again into darkness and doubt.
Kill Me Again
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,350. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2010 by The Mystery Company. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
How do you top your best work? In Hollywood, you make a sequel. That's the plan in 1947 when filming begins on a follow-up to the wartime romance Passage to Lisbon. The screenwriter is accused of being a Communist. Enter Scott Elliott, a former actor and soldier who is struggling to find a place in a changing Hollywood. To save the movie, Elliott must untangle a tale of murder, sin and redemption.


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