The Children Didn't See Anything
Not a thing. ...Or did they?
Meet inquisitive Evangeline, one-half of the precocious twelve-year-old Bresette twins. When a woman dies "peacefully" at the country club, Evangeline notices the corpse's diamond earrings are missing. Her twin brother, Raphael, would rather leave the nosy questions to the grown-ups, but they haven't got a clue. (And they think the children didn’t see anything.)
Relying on her own wits and curiosity (and her own Barbie Doll Crime Scene Reconstruction Team), Evangeline investigates the mystery of the missing earrings — and a death none of the adults believes is suspicious. But her quest for justice proves to be far more dangerous than she ever expected.
Ellen Byerrum's new novella for teen and adult readers is her first story to feature the Bresette Twins. Watch for curious Evangeline's further adventures.
Ellen Byerrum is a novelist, playwright, reporter, former Washington D.C. journalist, and a graduate of private investigator school
The Dollhouse in the Crawlspace is her first suspense thriller. It introduces a young woman, Tennyson Claxton, whose mind seems to hold the memories of two very different women. Ellen also writes the Crime of Fashion Mysteries, which star a savvy, stylish female sleuth named Lacey Smithsonian, a reluctant fashion reporter in Washington D.C., "The City Fashion Forgot." Two of the COF books, Killer Hair and Hostile Makeover, were filmed for the Lifetime Movie Network. The latest in the series is Lethal Black Dress, with more to come. She has also penned a middle grade mystery, The Children Didn’t See Anything.
Ellen shares Lacey's DC connections and her love for vintage fashion.
Photo of Ellen Byerrum © Joe Henson
Lethal Black Dress
Tenth in the Crime of Fashion series
When does an innocent little black dress become a lethal black dress?
When it becomes unexpectedly weaponized at the most security-conscious event in Washington, D.C.—the fabled White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian is delighted to finally take her place at this legendary D.C. insider bash, but she senses something is amiss with TV reporter Courtney Wallace’s vintage Madame X gown, with its stunning emerald lining.
When the woman takes a tumble with a tray of champagne and dies of something other than sheer embarrassment, Lacey taps into her famous ExtraFashionary Perception and follows her hunch that the lethal black dress was no freak accident.
Juggling her investigation with her love life and future in-laws complicates matters, while spies and lies and an enemy close to home bring Lacey face to face with danger and jealousy, the so-called green-eyed monster.
But this time, will this fashionable style sleuth discover that green is also the color of death?
Lethal Black Dress is now available as a Kindle ebook
and in a trade paperback edition.
The Last Goodbye of Harris Turner
Cool and mysterious moonlit autumn nights are always good for inspiration of the haunting kind. The Last Goodbye of Harris Turner is funny, sad, a little frightening, and inspired by my first job as a young reporter on a small town newspaper. I was assigned to write a Halloween article on local ghosts, so I visited several "haunted" houses. The most interesting tale I heard involved brother and sister specters. A few days later, an elderly gentleman came to my office, wanting to know who'd written that story. Uh-oh. Had I gotten something wrong? But no, he informed me he knew one of "my" ghosts. In fact, he and “King” had been old friends, and he told me about the young man’s fatal illness, more than sixty years before. Since I'd visited the house, he wondered, could I put him in touch with King's ghost? “It sure would be nice to see King again,” he said wistfully. It gave me chills. I gave him an introduction to the house's current owners, but I don’t know if he ever made contact with King -- in this lifetime, anyway. That was the starting point of The Last Goodbye of Harris Turner.
I hope you enjoy it. --Ellen