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Selected Work

The Val Cameron Series

"Dan Brown fans will enjoy

this puzzler."

--Library Journal

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The Gramercy Park neighborhood in Manhattan, one of the settings in this amateur sleuth novel, in which the theft of a holy relic sets off a series of murders.

Pushcart Prize

Special Mention

"From the Personal Record Collection of Beniamino Gigli"

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Beniamino Gigli, Caruso's successor at the Metropolitan Opera (1920-1932). His personal record collection becomes a sacred responsibility to an immigrant family in this story about loss and hope.

Edgar Award Nominee, 

Mystery Writers of America

"Black Heart and Cabin Girl"


A lake in the Canadian Northwoods is the setting for this tale about the unexpected consequences of greed and guilt.

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“Anything I want to read or write comes down to three words: Good Person Struggling. With institutions that don’t make sense. With relationships that strip the heart bare. With the wickedness we can never quite believe exists. Out of that story of struggle, hope starts small, sometimes stays small, but that’s all we really need.”

Photo credit Rebecca Bloomfield Photography


SHELLEY COSTA’s work has been nominated for both the Edgar and Agatha Awards, and has received a Special Mention for The Pushcart Prize. In addition to several mystery novels, she is the author of short stories in The Georgia Review, North American Review, The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Blood on Their Hands, and Odd Partners. With a PhD in English, Shelley was on the Liberal Arts faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art for nearly twenty years.

Image: Merlin's Cave, Tintagel, Cornwall

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