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My play A Christmas Cactus has more productions coming up--and a reading in New York City! See my Events page for details.
The Dollhouse in the Crawlspace is available from Amazon and the reviews have been amazing
Read the first chapter here and listen to my very first  audio trailer.
Check out my new blog on Blogger.
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My tenth Crime of Fashion novel, Lethal Black Dress, is getting glowing  reviews and I'm very grateful to all my readers.
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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.

The Crime of Fashion Series

Ellen Byerrum is a novelist, playwright, reporter, former Washington D.C. journalist, and a graduate of private investigator school in Virginia.
    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 writes the Crime of Fashion Mysteries, starring that stylish female sleuth Lacey Smithsonian, a reluctant fashion reporter in Washington D.C., "The City Fashion Forgot." Two of these mysteries, Killer Hair and Hostile Makeover, were filmed for the Lifetime Movie Network. The latest in the series is Lethal Black Dress.

    Her novels, her middle-grade mystery, The Children Didn’t See Anything, and her spooky Halloween ghost story, The Last Goodbye of Harris Turner, are all available on Amazon.


                                      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. 




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The Dollhouse in the Crawlspace
“In my memories, my eyes are always green.” 
    After a near-fatal accident, a young woman struggles to recover her memory and identity. The crash, her recent past, years of her life? It's all a blank, and her eyes are brown. She begins to  remember being not one, but two very different women. Which one is real? Is she Tennyson or Marissa? Or neither one? If she can’t trust her mind, her doctor, 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 begins her own harrowing odyssey into the secrets of her past and present. L
ost among her shattered memories, can she survive to find her true self -- and her future?
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If you lost your memories,
would you lose your soul?

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 





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