Guest Post by Mae Clair.

Today I’m thrilled to host talented Author Mae Clair! I’ve personally read and enjoyed a number of her books and she comes highly rcommended! She’s here to discuss a new anthology created by seven authors, including herself. They all have something in common,  murder and mystery. You can find out more about purchasing your copy at the end of this blog.

Thank you for visiting! I’ll let Mae take it from here.


Thanks for hosting me today, Mark. I’m delighted to be here sharing news of an anthology in which I have a short story.  Murder They Wrote brings together seven authors writing in various sub genres of whodunits and various time periods.


You can see the variety reflected in the blurb: 

Anthology Cover  Murder comes in 7 different genres. By 7 different authors.

Are you a fan of courtroom drama? In the anthology’s first story, Abraham Lincoln defends a friend’s son against a charge of murder.

For lovers of speculative fiction, Jason Fogg dissolves into mist to sneak through open windows and snoop for clues.

How about a cozy? Jazzi, Jerod, and Ansel discover a dead body while renovating a kitchen, dining room, and half bath.

Have a craving for a Regency? Lord Peregrine and his wife, Elizabeth, use their sharp minds and quick wit to solve a murder at a garden party.

Need a bit of literary fiction? A young, lonely widow must deal with the theft of a valuable butterfly collection.

And what about a little psychological horror? Twin sisters discover that their attic is haunted by not one, but two ghosts.

Last, but never least, the anthology concludes with a historical mystery. A young, newly married knight is accused of murdering his obnoxious host at a holiday gathering in his castle.

I am so pleased to be part of this anthology with such an excellent group of authors. My story, A Winter Reckoning, gave me a chance to play outside of my usual supernatural mystery genre. Naturally, the mystery is still there, but this tale lacks for a supernatural presence. No ghosts or creatures.

What you do get is a young knight who accepts a task that would normally fall to his father who has been detained at court. That leaves Richard Essex to escort his mother’s closest friend to a holiday party, in order to protect her from the party’s lecherous host. To complicate matters, the father-in-law who despises him is among the guests.

One of my favorite parts of writing this story was in creating the roster of suspects. It was fun to “stack the deck” with so many potential killers. The pleasure of a mystery rests in trying to piece together the clues and identify the killer before the lead character does. Richard has his hands full with so many suspects. It’s my hope you’ll be guessing, too—trying to discern who has the strongest motive when the host ends up dead. Did I mention Richard is blamed?

My story is just one of seven in which you can do plenty of sleuthing!

Murder They Wrote offers a variety of clever tales in which there are clues to be found, red herrings to avoid, and villains to unmask. And because each short story is a complete mystery, you can engage your detective skills a little at a time, or all at once as your mood dictates.

Thanks again for having me as your guest today, Mark!

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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

91 thoughts on “Guest Post by Mae Clair.”

  1. A big congratulations to Mae for the inclusion of “A Winter Reckoning” in the anthology! I will confess that I’m one of those mystery fans who never can figure out who the killer is before the detective does.

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    1. Hi, Liz! I’m a mystery addict, both as a reader and a writer. I don’t always figure out the killer when I’m reading but I love the guessing game and unraveling clues. If you read Murder They Wrote, I hope you will enjoy the mysteries!

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  2. Thanks so much for Hosting Mae today, Mark. I had planned on reading this last weekend but life interrupted. This coming weekend I’ll be using the old ‘do not disturb’ sign. Can’t wait to get to this anthology. Congratulations to all the contributing authors.

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    1. Woohoo! Thank you, Soooz. I hope you enjoy the stories while taking a break under that “do not disturb” sign. Thanks so much for wishing all the authors well. I so appreciate your support!

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    1. I love the fact that there were so many sub genres of the typical murder mystery, Judi. It was so fun being part of this anthology. Thank you so much for orchestrating it and also for asking me to participate!

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  3. Congrats on the release, Mae. I have my copy and will be diving in shortly. Your story sounds marvelous and I love the “deck stacked with potential murderers.” Lol. Thanks for hosting Mae’s launch, Mark. You’re right that Mae is a fabulous author. 🙂

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  4. Thank you, Mark, for hosting today. Congratulations, Mae! What an exciting anthology! I’ve picked up my copy and will enjoy it soon. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Gwen! I really enjoyed contributing and writing something that was out of my usual sub-genre. I’m so glad you grabbed a copy and hope you will enjoy the stories!

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    1. I positively loved creating all the suspects, Sue, and then turning them loose to interact. Like you I enjoy reading short story collections in between longer works. Kind of like a nice snack after a big meal 🙂
      Thanks for adding Murder They Wrote to your TBR!

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  5. I grabbed my copy of this one as soon as it was available, Mae. I dearly love anthologies, and can’t wait to read these stories. And you writing about knights, with nary a ghost in sight? LOVE it! Great post, Mark and Mae, and MANY congratulations on this one, Mae! So glad it’s out there at last. Wishing you TONS of sales! 🙂

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    1. I know it’s mind-boggling to think I wrote something without a single ghost or monster, LOL. I’m so glad you grabbed your copy and are looking forward to the stories, Marcia. I still have to read this one myself and catch up with the tales my co-authors delivered. Thanks again and happy reading!

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  6. I have grabbed my copy of this book. With these seven talented authors, it is sure to be chocked full of great page-turners!! I’m a huge fan of C.S. Boyack and Mae Clair and look forward to falling in love with new authors as well! Thank you for hosting, Mark!

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    1. That is so wonderful to hear. Thank you so much, Jan! I really enjoyed writing something different than my usual genre, and was so pleased to be included with such fabulous authors. Thanks for your support and I hope you enjoy the collection!

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