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The Dollhouse in the Crawlspace is my soon-to-be-released psychological thriller, arriving this summer from Lethal Black Dress Press. You can preorder NOW from Amazon. Read the first chapter here and listen to my very first audio trailer.
The Children Didn't See Anything is now available from Amazon
It's cherry blossom time in Washington, D.C.. The perfect time for a wedding--or for a little  Veiled Revenge.
My tenth Crime of Fashion novel, Lethal Black Dress, is available from  Amazon. It's getting glowing  reviews and I'm very grateful to all my readers.
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The Children Didn't See ANYTHING


...Or did they? Meet inquisitive Evangeline, one-half of the precocious twelve-year-old Bresette twins. It’s just another summer for them, swimming, playing, squabbling, and coping with their lawyer parents — until a woman dies at their grandparents’ country club. And Evangeline notices the corpse is missing something: a pair of diamond earrings.

    Her twin brother, Raphael, would rather go swimming and leave the worrying (and asking nosy questions) to the grown-ups. But the adults, who think the children didn’t see anything, haven’t got a clue. Relying on her own wits and curiosity (and her BFF and their Barbie Doll Crime Scene Reconstruction Team), Evangeline launches her own investigation into the mystery of the missing earrings — and a death no one else believes is suspicious. But Evangeline's search for justice soon 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. The Children Didn't See Anything is now available from Amazon as a Kindle ebook (and coming soon in paperback).

The Crime of Fashion Series

Ellen Byerrum is a novelist, playwright, reporter, Washington journalist, and a graduate of private investigator school in Virginia. Her Crime of Fashion mysteries star a savvy, stylish female sleuth named Lacey Smithsonian. Lacey is a reluctant fashion reporter in Washington D.C. (which she calls "The City Fashion Forgot").

    Lacey longs to be taken more seriously as a "hard news" reporter, but her nose for nuance, eye for a great story, and talent for getting into trouble make her the perfect newshound for the Crimes of Fashion beat. Her "Extra-Fashionary Perception," which Lacey says is just her finely honed sense for what we tell the world through the way we dress, helps her solve crimes where the cops are clueless. In her vintage suits and killer heels, Lacey trips over fatal fashion clues, fabulous shoes, dangerous women, drop-dead men, and even the occasional corpse, well-dressed or otherwise.

    Lacey and her creator Ellen Byerrum have a lot of personal history in common: a balcony view of the Potomac River, a love for vintage clothes, failing surveillance in private eye school, and a humorous viewpoint on life, love, mystery and fashion. And a window seat on the wild and wacky world of Our Nation's Capital.  


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 in a large-format trade paperback edition. 




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Veiled Revenge


It's cherry blossom time in Washington! And springtime in the Crime of Fashion Mysteries


Ah, spring is in bloom in the Nation's Capital. Time for cherry blossoms, weddings, allergies--and murder.
     Weddings can be romantic, joyful, and stressful. They bring out the best, and the worst, in all of us. We all want our wedding to be picture-perfect, especially the bride, but no one wants that more than the poor, overworked Maid of Honor. And Maid of Honor Lacey Smithsonian is discovering that the perfect cherry-blossom-pink wedding of her BFF Stella Lake's dreams is bringing out more than just stress. This Washington wedding brings out crazy mothers (and mothers-in-law), bad best men, a "haunted" Russian shawl, a bachelorette party to die for, a stressed-out bride who hates her wedding dress, and a shadowy killer bent on revenge. But revenge on whom? And why? And can Lacey stop this killer's plot before it stops Stella's wedding plans--or her life--dead in its tracks?
     Spring in all its glory is my favorite time of year in Washington, D.C., and I hope you'll join me there for a little taste of wedding cake, and Veiled Revenge.
If you lost your memories,
would you lose your soul?
“In my memories, my eyes are always green.” 
    After a devastating accident, a young woman finds herself in a private memory research facility, struggling to recover her mind and her identity. Her eyes are brown; her memories are broken. The accident, her fiancée, her recent past, years of her life: all are a blank. Yet somehow she remembers being two very different women. Which is real? Is she Tennyson or Marissa? Or neither one? And if she can’t trust her memories, her doctors, or her own eyes, who can she trust? 
    To save her sanity, she begins writing a secret journal between the lines of a forgotten copy of Homer’s Odyssey. To save her life, she must begin her own harrowing odyssey, into secrets, madness and murder.
    But lost among her shattered memories, can she find her true self?
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