I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries, and looking for clues in the ordinary behavior of my friends and family. Then I graduated to the Alfred Hitchcock school of mysteries, where innocent people were often caught up in situations that were beyond their worst imaginings. That led to police procedurals, and whodunits, and a whole slew of other figure-it-out reading.
Much as I loved solving the mysteries, I often wondered about the shadowy characters who perpetrated the crimes. The people who had gone over to the “dark side.” So I decided that while I’ll often write stories from the point of view of the problem-solvers, I’d write some from the criminal’s point of view as well — they’re not always who (or what) you might expect. I hope you enjoy exploring what makes these characters tick as much as I have.— Lauryn www.laurynchristopher.com
a short, historical mystery
There is a place, outside the walls of Granada, and in the shadow of the mighty Alhambra, where history tells us the city’s last caliph turned and wept at the sight of his beautiful, lost city… and, perhaps, at the loss of the friend who betrayed her.
a “Hit Lady for Hire” novel
It’s a bad idea to piss off a professional assassin, and Meg Harrison — corporate spy and sometimes assassin — is definitely pissed off.
Not only has a new, and very irritating, client hired her to kill her own sister, but to top it all off, Meg didn’t even know she *had* a sister.
For Meg, this is a contract that hits a little too close to home.
Note from the Author: I have to admit, Meg’s character (introduced in my novelette, With Friends Like These) intrigued me — and the introduction in the novelette just wasn’t enough; I wanted to get to know this character better. In writing Conflict of Interest, I discovered a woman with demons — the kind of demons that drive her to use the earnings from her less-than-legal activities to fund small businesses in underprivileged communities, or coach other women in the art of self-defense while honing her own fighting skills — so that none of them will ever be victims again. In a strange way, I’ve come to like Meg — even though I’d never want to be on the receiving end of one of her judgment calls.
“Suspend your disbelief and get ready for a ride. With astonishing detail, Lauryn Christopher lays out an escalating series of events that shake assasin Megan Harris from her normally unshakable confidence. ….” (posted on Kindle by Patricia K. Batta)
“… a fast-paced read with plenty of twists and surprises. Lauryn Christopher has a natural voice, giving heart to a character that would be otherwise unsympathetic. And, like many other bestseller-quality entertainment, Christopher gives us an insider’s look at a world few of us would venture into ourselves. Five Stars.” (posted on Amazon by Noelle)
a “Hit Lady for Hire novelette
How well do we really know our friends? Their secret lives? Their hidden pain? Liz, Deb, Mikki, Anna, and Meg believe they know everything about each other — but one of them carries too many secrets — secrets that tear at her heart and eat at her friendships. Secrets she will kill to protect.
An interactive, dinner-party mystery for 8, 10, or 12 players
Chicago – Spring, 1921: Prohibition is still in its early years, but in Chicago business is booming – primarily under the control of three dominant gangs: the Americans, led by banker George “Bugs” Moran; the Irish, led by florist Dion O’Bannion; and the Italians, led until recently by Ricardo Cappelli.
It is Cappelli’s death that has gathered representatives of the three factions to meet tonight. In the hopes that the issue of succession can be resolved peacefully, you are meeting at Bentley’s, a private, neutral speakeasy, not controlled by any of the three groups. In addition, a representative from the Philadelphia gangs is in attendance. This representative, together with your hostess, will act as moderators during tonight’s negotiations. As “neutral parties,” they will decide which gang has proven themselves to be the strongest, and has earned the right to take over all or part of the Cappelli territory…