Short Stories and Collections
A treasure trove of nine locked room mysteries, with an Introduction from New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King and a Foreword from impossible crime mystery historian Douglas G. Greene. Appearing here for the first time, Derringer Award-winning novelette The Cambodian Curse.
The locked-room mystery from Henery Press won the Agatha Award for Best Short Story of 2017!
An unsolved murder from the 1930s. A ghost story to explain the impossible crime. A dead man in the haunted library. And no way for the authorities to reach the survivors until the snowstorm clears…
A snowstorm waylays Jaya Jones and Tamarind Ortega. It seems almost too good to be true that they find rooms for the night in beautiful old inn—until they find a dead man clutching an Agatha Christie novel in the secluded hotel’s library. Worse yet, Tamarind is accused of the crime. To clear her friend, Jaya must delve into the history of the hotel’s haunted library. The present-day mystery is eerily similar to a mysterious unsolved death in the 1930s—could it be the work of the library’s avenging ghost?
“The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn is pitch perfect on every level. Wow, I loved this story.”
—Award-winning author Shelly Dickson Carr
See photos from the Agatha Awards ceremony here.
“The Curse of Cloud Castle” appears in the Asian Pulp anthology, published in July 2015 by Pro Se Productions.
“The Curse of Cloud Castle” is a locked-room mystery featuring Sanjay Rai, the Indian-American stage magician who performs as The Hindi Houdini. Sanjay is invited to perform his show at an old friend’s birthday party on a supposedly haunted island off the coast of California, and “the curse of cloud castle” plays out when one of the guests is murdered. But is the culprit a ghost, or an ingenious person who has pulled off the perfect crime?
“Tempest in a Teapot” appears in Ladies Night, the Sisters in Crime Los Angeles Chapter anthology, published by Down & Out Books in June of 2015.
“Tempest in a Teapot” is an impossible crime mystery featuring a new character from the Jaya Jones world: Tempest Mendez, a magician friend of Sanjay’s.
“The Haunted Room” appears in Murder at the Beach: The Bouchercon 2014 Anthology, published by Down & Out Books in October 2014.
“The Haunted Room” is an impossible crime story featuring Jaya Jones and her landlady Nadia solving a seemingly impossible series of thefts from San Francisco’s history.
“A Dark and Stormy Light” appears in the Malice Domestic Murder Most Conventional anthology.
Jaya Jones is attending a history convention at a hotel where a mystery convention is also taking place. Can Jaya and a famous mystery novelist solve the impossible crime that baffles the guests at the hotel?
Gigi’s locked-room mystery short story “The Hindi Houdini” was short-listed for Agatha and Macavity awards for Best Short Story of 2013.
In “The Hindi Houdini,” magician Sanjay Rai, aka The Hindi Houdini, solves a locked room mystery at the Napa Valley winery theater where he performs.
If you’re reading the Jaya Jones series, you’ll recognize Sanjay, Jaya’s best friend. A magician and escape artist, Sanjay chose the moniker “The Hindi Houdini” because it paid homage to his Indian heritage and his favorite illusionist—and because he liked the rhyme better than Hindu Houdini.
Gigi’s short story “The Shadow of the River”appears in FISH TALES: The Guppy Anthology, 22 tales of murder and mayhem by the rising stars of mystery.
“The Shadow of the River” is a locked-room mystery featuring Jaya Jones. It takes place before she was a history professor, back when she was a graduate student.
This was Gigi’s first published short story.
All historian Jaya Jones wants is a relaxing vacation in Scotland before starting her first year teaching college. But when a world-famous chess set is stolen from a locked room during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Jaya and her magician best friend, The Hindi Houdini, must outwit actresses and alchemists to solve the baffling crime.
A prequel to Artifact!
Note: The book is out of print, but you can read “Fool’s Gold” in THE CAMBODIAN CURSE & OTHER STORIES