My Books

The Howard Street Chronicles (HSC) Volumes 1-4

Two murdered bodies were discovered buried in the drifts of the Big
Snow on Chicago’s Howard Street El platform. How did they get there?
This singular event in 1967 changed the life-trajectory of Marlowe
Phillips, Brian Maples, Chris Mathewson, and the Ross family tree.
Ultimately, their story ignites the entire saga of HSC.
I grew up in the Howard Street neighborhood bordering Evanston and
Chicago. HSC is 100% pure original fiction. Presently, ten short
stories are separated into four volumes (About 350 pages each).
It was hard for me to categorize these books as solely “Mystery”,
“Suspense”, or “Romance”. There are mysteries to be solved in each
story. Some are complex. Others are simple. The exact same can be
said of the romances. It’s important to read the books in order as each
builds on those that follow.
Marlowe Phillips will be your guide and voice of consciousness
throughout HSC. She is a strong, opinionated, Pulitzer Prize-winning international journalist. Marlowe speaks directly to you through her Preambles, Intermissions, and Postscripts adding emotional depth to her reporting.

The HSC characters are smart and interesting. They are not infallible superheroes. They are very human with strengths, weaknesses, and insecurities born from their backgrounds.
It will take you a while to know them (or think you know them). Every new book reveals critical background. They develop and mature before your eyes through the crimes and romances that blossom over time.
The first book (Big Snow Murders) is your introduction. The second book (Metamorphosis) is a bridge to the rest of the stories. I prefer not to divulge any other elements of the mysteries.
Notes: There is no intended vulgarity or direct graphic sexual content in any of these books. However, adult scenarios are implied. The stories do crash into a number of difficult or explicit adult themes. Some will make you uncomfortable. Some will uplift you. All will challenge your senses. Particularly the deeper into HSC you read. This book, and all works associated with “The Howard Street Chronicles” is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, events or locales, or business establishments is entirely coincidental.