Happy Fall, Dear Readers!

The Mesdames have more exciting news popping up this September, including plans for a new anthology, more publications and recognition for members of our collective.


New Anthology in 2022!

We’re delighted to announce that our fifth anthology, working title 13 Spirits, will be published in 2022 by Carrick Publishing. Our theme of spirits may include the paranormal, debunking of same, delusion, confusion or alcohol – wherever our weird and wonderful creative minds lead us. The world needs to have fun during these challenging times and the Mesdames intend to do just that – so you’ll have fun reading it, too!

Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing our cover reveal and news about our anthology authors. Hope to have the launch of 13 Spirits in the real world!

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Scorpion Scheme
Scorpion Scheme

Melissa Yi’s thriller, Scorpion Scheme, is a finalist for Best Thriller at the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards.

Melissa Yi

Melissas story “My Two-legs” was just bought by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine; and she was one of the seven winners of Thrillerfest’s Best First Sentence Contest. And here’s her winning sentence: “My mom told me I could do whatever I wanted for the whole summer I was fourteen, so I decided to find the Red Rock serial killer.

Madona Skaff
Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff‘s SF novel, Shifting Trust is launching September 15th.

Shifting Trust

Shifting Trust is set 25 years into the future. It’s the story of ex-RCMP officer Tyler Demir who’s happy working internal security for a nano-tech company. Until one of their scientists is kidnapped from a science conference in England. Once again lives depend on his every decision.

Madona is bringing out another book, A Handful of Earths, also launching on September 15th. This speculative fiction novel has a bittersweet story behind it. The author has passed away and Madona is fulfilling their dream by publishing the book.

Belanger Books has a three-volume collection of Sherlock Holmes stories in which Kevin Thornton has stories in the first and the third volumes. After the East Wind Blows, Part 1, came out in July with stories about Holmes, skullduggery, deception, betrayal – and Winston Churchill.

Kevin Thornton
Kevin Thornton

Blair Keetch‘s story “Killing4Sale” is in the anthology Asinine Assassins which is now available on Amazon.

His short story “300 Miles to Murder” is featured in the August newsletter by the Dark & Stormy Bookclub.

Uncharted Waters

Rosemary McCracken‘s book Uncharted Waters received a sterling review in Devour: Arts & Lit Canada, Summer 2021.

Uncharted Waters, the fourth novel in the Pat Tierney mystery series, is Rosemary McCracken’s best book. The plot twists and turns and twists some more. I couldn’t stop reading it,” says reviewer Sharon A. Crawford.

Crawford wraps up her review praising the book’s “multi-dimensional story which will keep readers charging from page to page. My only concern or question is: when will the next Pat Tierney mystery be published?”

Check out Rosemary’s post on her Moving Target blog.

Moving Target blog by Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary also has a Pat Tierney short story, “The Passenger” coming out in the September issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine.

Rosemary McCracken
Rosemary McCracken

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