Sandra Nikolai


Sandra Nikolai is the author of a mystery series featuring ghostwriter Megan Scott and investigative reporter Michael Elliott. FALSE IMPRESSIONS and FATAL WHISPERS are the first two books in the series.

Sandra has published a string of short stories, winning Honorable Mentions along the way. TIMELY ESCAPE is a heart-pounding short story and prequel to ICY SILENCE, the third book in the Megan Scott/Michael Elliott Mystery series.

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Icy Silence
Series: Megan Scott/Michael Elliott Mystery, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,530. Language: American English. Published: October 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When ghostwriter Megan Scott and investigative reporter Michael Elliott agree to speak at an exclusive boarding school, the undisclosed deaths of two students overshadow their agenda. Fear mounts as a powerful ice storm cuts them off from the rest of the world—harbouring a potential murderer in their midst.
Timely Escape (A Short Story)
Price: Free! Words: 7,240. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Megan Scott recognizes one of two notorious prison escapees and follows him through the Old Port of Montreal, convinced that her photographic evidence will lead to his capture. Just as the escapee disappears aboard a yacht in the marina, another man forces Megan aboard the same yacht at knifepoint. Gagged, tied, and terrified, she witnesses a murder. Will she be next?
Fatal Whispers
Series: Megan Scott/Michael Elliott Mystery, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 91,380. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A millionaire’s beautiful young wife. A homeless woman. A parish priest. Three baffling deaths within days. No sign of foul play. No police leads. Even medical authorities can’t explain the cause of death. An unprecedented occurrence in Portland, Maine. Megan Scott and Michael Elliott look for answers when their trip to this alluring New England town coincides with the mysterious deaths.
False Impressions
Series: Megan Scott/Michael Elliott Mystery, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,330. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Montreal ghostwriter Megan Scott and investigative reporter Michael Elliott fall under police suspicion when evidence implicates them in a double murder. Megan is flung into Michael’s dark world of criminal investigation as they race against time to prove their innocence. Catching the real killer is their only way out, but not knowing who to trust can have consequences that are just as lethal...

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  • Exit Strategy: A Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller on Dec. 22, 2011

    In Exit Strategy, Colleen Cross weaves a gripping tale of international intrigue that links the world of high finance to diamond smuggling. Her story takes us on a wild ride as Kat, her witty and feisty investigator, races against the clock to recover billions of stolen dollars while evading the wrath of organized crime. This well-crafted thriller with nonstop action keeps you flipping the pages to the very end to find out what happens next!
  • Anatomy of a Ponzi: Scams Past and Present on Jan. 17, 2014

    This first venture into a non-fiction book by mystery author Colleen Cross offers a wealth of information on the top ten Ponzi and pyramid schemes that occurred over the last century. The principles of these financial frauds are explained in plain language that anyone can understand. The personal history provided on each major fraudster enables us to understand the thinking behind some of the biggest frauds in history, thereby adding a human perspective to these crimes. The author also includes tips on how to spot a fraudster and predicts when the next big Ponzi scheme will be revealed. For anyone contemplating investments, this is a must-have book that provides valuable insight into the signs of a potential scam. A thought-provoking and helpful read!