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Laura Benedict

(Laura Philpot Benedict)
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Laura Benedict's short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and a number of anthologies. For the past decade she has worked as a freelance book reviewer for The Grand Rapids Press in Michigan and other newspapers. She lives with her husband and two children in rural Southern Illinois, a lonely, enchanted sort of place that offers excellent inspiration for writing thrillers.

Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery
Bliss House
   1. Bliss House (2014)
   Cold Alone (2015)
   2. Charlotte's Story (2015)
   3. The Abandoned Heart (2016)
   Isabella Moon (2007)
   Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts (2008)
   Devil's Oven (2012)
   The Stranger Inside (2019)
Anthologies edited
   Surreal South (2007) (with Pinckney Benedict)
Novellas and Short Stories
Series contributed to
Laura Benedict recommends
Wild Spaces (2023)
S L Coney
"Monstrous and elegant. Sensual and transformative. Wild Spaces left me aching to know what infernal wonders might follow its final, dazzling image. Coney has the vision of a once-in-a-generation writer. This is how it's done, people!"
The Butcher's Prayer (2021)
Anthony Neil Smith
"The Butcher’s Prayer is wine-dark noir, with a hammering and bloody heart. This is Smith at his bleak and soulful best."
Wayward Girls (2021)
Penny Koepsel and Claire Matturro
"Wayward Girls" is a portrait of brave sisterhood, infused with beauty and exquisite pain. Your heart will melt with every turn of the page."
This Secret Thing (2020)
Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
"If you love fiercely and believe it’s possible to make your own fate, you’ll treasure every moment of This Secret Thing. Whalen’s characters may be living in a chaos of their own making, but guided by her gentle, skilled hands, they turn their vulnerabilities into their greatest strengths, and emerge transformed. Exquisite, emotionally-charged storytelling."
Triple Six (2016)
If You Dare

(Lightkeepers, book 2)
Erica Spindler
"Everything a supernatural thriller should be."
Escape Velocity (2016)
Susan Wolfe
"Readers craving full-on immersion in the dirty tricks of Silicon Valley will love every page of Escape Velocity. Susan Wolfe's cast of colorful villains, con artists, and just plain folks caught up in high-stakes industry games is painstakingly drawn and always unpredictable. Good, clever fun with a thriller of an ending."

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