Books, reviews, articles & short stories…


When I first started reading mysteries, it was all about Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and their uncanny ability to get out of any small-town scrape that came their way.  They didn’t need rescuing — and neither do the adults in the books and short stories I like to read now.

Or the ones I write…



My Reading List!


Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre

Sunday Silence by Nicci French

The Pigeon Tunnel by John Le Carré

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

Darkness, Darkness by John Harvey

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French

The Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley

Strand Magazine:  fiction & interviews


Some say revenge is sweet, but I like mine with a twist!

Revenge With A Twist

Three mystery shorts, three twists in the tale!


From a deadly divorce in Bitter End to an “almost-perfect” crime in Bermuda Short, this collection delivers a fresh twist in every tale!  And finally answers the question everyone’s been asking…Oscar Chump!  “What’s that secret you’re keeping?”

“Stephenson reveals just the right amount of detail to keep her readers intrigued and hungry for more.  Love her characters, love her endings.  But I’d think twice before going to Bermuda with her!”

Revenge With A Twist now available on:  Kobo & Amazon & iBooks


It was two o’clock in the morning on the eleventh of August and no one, except Louise Tellier Hannington Brown, had any idea where I was.

She’d called me out of the blue a week ago, unhappy with her lawyer, her husband’s lawyer and her impending divorce.  I should have hung up immediately but we’d known each other since high school and I owed her one…  Excerpt from Bitter End





Something’s Fishy at Ash Lake

An Amber & Elliot Mystery

Co-written with Susan Brown

Part time detectives and full time mischief-makers Liz Elliot & Amber Mitchell get themselves in way over their heads when an evil prankster threatens their summer vacation.  They should be roasting marshmallows, not risking their lives!

“Amber!” Liz clutched Amber’s arm.  “Did you hear something?”  The two girls stood perfectly still, ears straining, hearts thumping through the darkness…A shadow slipped across the floor.  Soft footsteps sounded from the far side of the kitchen.  The girls cowered against the wall.  They could see feet, then legs.  Moonlight silhouetted a dark figure by the door…

If they’re not careful, Amber & Elliot’s two-week stay at Ash Lake computer camp could be their last…ever!

Available in paperback & eBook editions at: and now at:  Kobo & iTunes


Paper Treasure

A Charlie Bradford Mystery

Spending the summer months in Colville with his little brother trailing around behind him is not exactly Charlie Bradford’s idea of a good time… but when someone steals his late grandfather’s shares in The Treasure Creek Gold Mine and then tries to trick the other owners into selling theirs, Charlie is hopping mad…

His grandfather believed in that mine.

Joining forces with new friend Lisa Kirby, Charlie tracks down his grandfather’s old partners only to find a thief who will stop at nothing to get his hands on The Treasure Creek Gold Mine!

Available in paperback and eBook editions at:

And on sale now at:  Kobo, iBooksScribd

Oscar Chump!

“What’s that secret you’re keeping?”


A small-town story with a twist…


When Oscar Chump passes, news of his demise spreads through the county like wildfire. By noon, twelve hours after Doc Carter had reluctantly drawn the white sheet over Oscar’s slack face with a finality that sent Nurse Rodgers running from the room in tears, there wasn’t a soul alive within forty clicks who hadn’t heard about it.

But what’s up with the private viewing? And why is Adele Simpson, the twenty-five-year-old raven-haired cosmetician and sole proprietor of the Wessex Beauty Bar, the one doing Oscar’s hair and makeup?

To get the scoop on Oscar, click here for a preview:  Oscar Chump!

In the Footsteps of Agatha Christie

by François Rivière and Jean-Bernard Naudin


I’ve always been a big mystery fan, so when an opportunity to visit Devon came along, I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and why.  I had just finished reading the English edition of “In the Footsteps of Agatha Christie” and rather than simply review the book, I wanted to follow in her footsteps myself.

The timing couldn’t have been better…two years later, the Moorland Hotel, where Agatha Christie went to complete her first manuscript, had been sold.

To read more, click here:  Dame Agatha’s Life in Devon