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My name is Michael Kurland and I write books (and short stories, and articles, and essays, and grocery lists, and love letters, and clever graffiti, and nasty notes to people who annoy me, and...)
My latest book is Who Thinks Evil, the fifth in the "Professor Moriarty is not as much of a villain as you've been led to believe" series. The first, The Infernal Device was nominated for an Edgar and an American Book Award.
Check out the heading On Writing at the top of the page. It holds the latest in a series of essays on the craft of mystery writing, changed roughly every month. I've written a whole book on the subject called It's a Mystery to Me, available as an ebook or paperback (see below). Let me know what you think.
A short biography (written in the third person to imply a certain distance if not impartiality) lies under the heading Biography at the top of the page.
"A preposterous, entertaining farrago." -- Kirkus
"Don't miss the fifth entry in the smartly structured historical (after 2006's The Empress of India)." -- Library Journal
"Plenty of humor, wit and twists will keep both Holmes and mystery lovers well entertained." -- Historical Novel Society
(For full reviews see the entry in Works.)
If you'd like an autographed copy, email me.
[For now, the paperback of "It's a Mystery to Me" is being discounted from $10.95 to $6.98 on Amazon, the Kindle version is down from $6.99 to $6.63, for some reason, and Prime members can borrow it for free. Can't do better than that.]
It's a Mystery to Me: the Craft of the Mystery Story Revealed
Here's a link to the trade paper book
It's a Mystery to Me
And here's the link to the Kindle version.
The Kindle version of my sf novel Star Griffin is on sale on Amazon for only $2.99.
"...What seems at first an amusing but random spoof of contemporary extremes gradually develops into a light, engaging story that draws together its many elements in a series of clever, pleasing surprises." -- Publisher's Weekly
Here's the link:
Kindle edition of Star Griffin