Leon Shure


I am currently writing five mystery series: (1) the Tommy Spevak and Kate Wehring mysteries, about an impaired veteran and an investigative reporter; (2), the Vanek mysteries, about a crusty and devious Chicago Police Detective; (3) the Dr. Adam Karl mysteries, about a medical doctor fighting against his fate; (4) the Cal Hodges mysteries, about a law firm investigator who is haunted by his past, and (5) the City of Brunswik mysteries, which are tales of political skullduggery.

My characters vary in age and ethnic backgrounds and each series has its own continuing cast of characters. They run the gamut from good to murderous. My main characters are not extraordinary geniuses and, sometimes, are even bad detectives. They are just people caught up in mysteries they can’t avoid. Whatever happens to my main character, he or she must really use all their resources, while trying to keep their objectivity, not to mention their sanity. Each has an unusual and unique way of looking at life. They all have a sense of humor and irony. Sometimes romance is possible, but that is not my main concern.

Probably my most unique character is Dr. Adam Karl, a neurologist who struggles against perceptual problems and a difficult family history. His mysteries have received the best reviews, earning five stars.
Also, I write in another genre, humor. My tweet collections “#Conversationstoppers: Puns, Non Sequiturs and Impossible Scenarios” have been the most popular of my books.

I don’t really see my books of puns as being separate from my other work. All my books have a significant amount of word play, and my book titles sometimes are puns, as in the book, “Deep Lucy” which is “deep blue sea.”

I am a life-long resident of the Chicago area, and have lived both in the city and in the North and Northwest suburbs. A bachelors and masters graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, I worked for the Lerner Newspapers (a chain of weeklies in the city); the Day Newspapers, a suburban daily newspaper chain owned by Field Enterprises, now the Chicago Sun-Times;, and Paddock Publications, a chain of daily newspapers in the Northwest suburbs. I received the Jacob Sher Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting.

Shure also served as an attorney for a Federal Agency and has held elective office in local governments. He is married and has two children.

Smashwords Interview

First of all, may I call you Leon?
Mr. Shure, if I may call you that . . ?
It’s really a pen name. I’m actually one of the most popular writers in the world. I’m just trying to see if it’s my name alone that attracts readers. Actually, I wrote the Harry Porter books.
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The Cal Hodges Mystery Trilogy
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 210,250. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Destroyed by personal tragedy and alcoholism, Cal Hodges has created a new life as the chief investigator for a law firm. With his future wife, Merle, at his side, Hodges unearths family secrets and scandal. Aided by his assistant, Edwards, who knows everything, Hodges finds out more than his clients want, with murderous results.
Panic Parade, a City of Brunswik Mystery
Series: City of Brunswik Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,860. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
A float at the Brunswik Labor Day parade is hit by a car and candidates for Mayor to replace Maggie P. Wellington go flying. Even with a death and injuries, the election campaigns continue. All candidates are in danger. Becky and Berry are on the case. One of the candidates is murderer Jennifer Cantwell. Suzanne, the psychologist, is also seeking election.
The Vanek Trilogy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 212,100. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Chicago Police Detective Vanek is a man who likes to swim beneath troubled waters without making a wave. He admits to being befuddled by the world in general and by women in particular. Most important to him is his family. Large, determined, unflappable, Vanek, of Polish extraction, has made his mark on the denizens and byways of the big city. He’s a bad enemy and good friend.
See Here, Detective Vanek, a Vanek Mystery
Series: Vanek Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,850. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Had Detective Vanek made a mistake and the killer was still killing? Vanek accepts the challenge of protecting the family of a murder victim, while being distracted by arson, embezzlement, and death. And where did Ann Marie’s finance go at midnight?
River Cruise Murders, a Cal Hodges Mystery
Series: Cal Hodges Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,280. Language: American English. Published: September 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
“Cal Hodges, chief investigator for a Chicago law firm, and his attorney wife, Merle, must find a stolen diamond-encrusted 15th century stickpin, which has already caused one murder and may cause several more unless the thief is captured. On anything but a vacation, Cal and Merle know the murderer is one of their fellow passengers on a river cruise to Prague, but which one?
Littlemayor, a City of Brunswik Mystery
Series: City of Brunswik Mysteries, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 65,360. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
The second in the City of Brunswik Mystery series. Tiny but feisty Mayor Maggie Wellington finds her life and political career threatened when a developer of a shopping mall goes missing and an alderman dies in an arson. Returning is reporter Becky, Suzanne and Ash, from “Audition for Murder.”
Audition for Murder, a City of Brunswik Mystery
Series: City of Brunswik Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,300. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
By popular demand, Detective Berringer and his wife, reporter Becky Frangelmore, have their own mystery/adventure, as, independent of each other, they compete to discover who murdered the director of the Park District’s summer play. Both are tempted to violate their marital vows. Both put their lives in danger.
Deathbed Confession, a Cal Hodges Mystery
Series: Cal Hodges Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,000. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
"Investigator Cal Hodges and his lawyer wife, the very pregnant Merle, return in a sequel to “The Search for Hanson Sted,” to investigate the murder of prominent industrialist and inventor, Alexander Frost. During a family memorial weekend for the inventor at a downtown Chicago hotel, both Cal and Merle are instead hunted by the murderer. Returning are Edwards and also Trisha Sted.
The Bogeyman, a Dr. Adam Karl Mystery
Series: Dr. Adam Karl Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,400. Language: American English. Published: July 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Dr. Adam Karl must face down his greatest fear--that he will become a conscienceless killer--to save his kidnapped soul-mate Kayko Brasen and his unborn child. To do so, he must solve the mystery of a new kind of neurological disease that attacks the brain and renders its victim helpless, before it is released into the world by a criminal syndicate..
#Conversationstoppers 3: Even More Puns, Non Sequiturs, Impossible Scenarios
Series: #Conversationstoppers:. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,880. Language: American English. Published: July 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Tweets certain to stop any conversation, and generate a good laugh, from the author of the Kate Wehring Mysteries, the Vanek Mysteries, the Cal Hodges Mysteries, and the Dr. Adam Karl Mysteries. Two other #Conversationstoppers collections are also available.
Think Fast, Detective Vanek
Series: Vanek Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 75,110. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
In the sequel to “Screams and Bleeds,” Detective Vanek must find out who murdered his partner, Jessup, while capturing the terrorists who are trying to intimidate the new Chicago mayor, Angela Marchete. And what about marrying Debra? Emily Rasmussen goes undercover, Amanda has a problem, and the little ladies become feminists.
The Search for Hanson Sted
Series: Cal Hodges Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 78,520. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Cal Hodges, an investigator for a law firm, and Merle Grayson, his fiance, are asked to confirm the death of a missing heir, so his relatives can inherit. Instead, it appears the lost heir has returned with the intention of killing all who plotted his death.
#Conversationstoppers 2: More Puns, Non Sequiturs, and Impossible Scenarios
Series: #Conversationstoppers:. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,470. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Tweets certain to stop any conversation, and generate a good laugh, from the author of the mysteries, "Fatal Sisters," "The Baba Yaga," and Screams and Bleeds," available on all e-book readers.
Screams and Bleeds, a Vanek Mystery
Series: Vanek Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 74,260. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
When an aspiring actress from a Chicago suburb becomes the suspect in a murder, Police Detective Vanek must risk his life and the lives of his family to prove she is innocent.
The Baba Yaga, a Dr. Adam Karl Mystery
Series: Dr. Adam Karl Mysteries. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 73,110. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The first book in the Myth-steries series, mysteries with a touch of the strange. A young doctor, Adam Karl, who has perceptual problems, and his “seeing eye woman,” Kayko Brasen, are asked by a Chicago Police Detective, Michael Dunne, to get testimony from an autistic child who is the only witness to his mother’s murder. Stalked, Dr Karl discovers frightening secrets about his own family.
#Conversationstoppers: Puns, Non Sequiturs, Impossible Scenarios
Series: #Conversationstoppers:. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
Tweets guaranteed to stop any conversation, and generate a good laugh, from the author of the new mystery, "Fatal Sisters," available on all e-book readers.

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Latest book: The Cal Hodges Mystery Trilogy. Published September 15, 2016.