New Books and Stories from Neil S. Plakcy

Dog Have Mercy

In the sixth golden retriever mystery, Dog Have Mercy, Christmas approaches and reformed hacker Steve Levitan tries to help a fellow ex-con now working at the vet's office in Stewart's Crossing. His curiosity, and the crime-solving instincts of his golden retriever, Rochester, kick in when liquid potassium ampoules are stolen from the vet and Steve's new friend is a suspect.

Is this theft connected to a drug-running operation in North Philly? Or to a recent spate of deaths at the local nursing home? And can Steve continue to resist his computer-hacking impulses or will his desire to help others continue to lead him into trouble? Buy it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and the iBookstore.

Finding Freddie Venus

Aidan and Liam's new client is former gay porn star Freddie Venus, who survived an epic slide and now lives a solitary life in a restored farmhouse outside Nice. He hires bodyguards when he begins to believe he is being stalked.

Newt Camilleri is a sad, overweight fifty-year-old who writes gay unicorn porn but has no romantic life. He has fled his dead-end job and old life to start again on the Riviera. When he spots Freddie, his porn idol, in a grocery store, he kicks off the plot that will bring them together.

But Freddie's past is about to come back to haunt him. Will Aidan and Liam be able to save Freddie, and help him and Newt start a new story together? Have Body Will Guard #7, Finding Freddie Venus, is now available as an ebook from Loose Id, as well as Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble .

Love on Stage

This is the second in my "Love on" series, which began with last year's Love on Site. Manny's roommate and fellow FU grad, Gavin Kaczmarek is a golden boy, desired by all. But though he's handsome and talented, Gavin is drifting -- working as a barista at a funky, Fair Trade coffee shop on South Beach and modeling for print ads. But when he sings for music producer Miles Goodwin while serving his coffee, a whole new world of opportunity opens for him.

The obvious attraction between Gavin and Miles takes them to bed, and then on an adventure that leads to performance and YouTube fame--but when insecurity arises on both their parts, can their budding romance survive the summer heat and blossom, or die with the falling autumn leaves? If you liked Love on Site, I hope you'll enjoy Gavin's story -- and there are more stories of these college frat brothers to come. Buy it here from Loose Id, here from ibooks, from Barnes & Noble, or here from
See some of the images that inspired the book on Pinterest. here

Accidental Contact

From murderers to missing babies to a shaggy dog with an unusual appetite, Kimo has his hands full in this selection of ten short investigations in the Aloha State. Sun-drenched streets hide bodies in their shadows and clues lurk in the most unusual places, from a hearse to flowering hedge to a psychic who provides Kimo with an unexpected revelation. These sexy, smart and satisfying stories will please new readers and fans of the Mahu series as well.

The stories here are:
  • "Accidental Contact"
  • "Kelly Green"
  • "Refuge"
  • "A Shaggy Dog Story"
  • "Macadamia Nuts to You"
  • "Body Removal"
  • "The Burning Woman"
  • "Other People's Children"
  • "Alpha and Omega"
  • "Transmission"
  • Click here to order the e-book from MLR in any e-format, here for ibooks, here for Nook format from B&N, and here for the paperback from Amazon.

    Genie for Hire

    An ancient genie in a modern, buff body, Biff Andromeda can't use his magical powers for his own benefit, so he opens a detective agency in a Miami suburb. A damsel in distress, photographer Sveta Pshkov, hires him to retrieve a stolen set of boudoir photos she took of a Russian mobster's wife-snapped for her boyfriend's pleasure, not her husband's.

    Biff's investigation into the spreading tentacles of the Russian mafia turns personal when he realizes that the dangerous female genie he has loved and lost over centuries has a desperate stake in the outcome. Now available at, Barnes and Noble, ibooks, and Smashwords, and in print from CreateSpace.

    See You Soon?

    I'll be in Bethesda, MD and Raleigh, NC this year. Stop by and say hello!

    • School for Murder: Academic Mysteries panel at Malice Domestic in Bethesda.
      Saturday May 2, 2015 - 2:00 - 2:15 PM.
    • Panel assignment to come at Bouchercon in Raleigh, NC in October.

    Now in Audio

    If you like audiobooks, I hope you'll consider mine. At Amazon, just select the Audible version.

    The Golden Retriever Mysteries
    #1 - In Dog We Trust at Amazon or ibooks
    #2 - The Kingdom of Dog at Amazon or ibooks
    #3 - Dog Helps Those at Amazon or ibooks
    #4 - Dog Bless You at Amazon or ibooks
    #5 - Dog Have Mercy at Amazon or ibooks

    Have Body, Will Guard
    #1 - Three Wrong Turns in the Desert at Audible or ibooks
    # 2 - Dancing with the Tide at Audible or ibooks
    # 3 - Teach Me Tonight at Audible or ibooks
    #4 - Olives for the Stranger at Audible or ibooks

    Genie for Hire: A Biff Andromeda Mystery at Amazon or ibooks

    Cleis has created audiobook editions of the anthologies I've edited for them:
    Hard Hats (Amazon or ibooks),
    Surfer Boys (Amazon or ibooks),
    Beach Bums (Amazon or ibooks),
    Sexy Sailors (Amazon or ibooks),
    Model Men (Amazon or ibooks)
    The Handsome Prince (Amazon or ibooks).

    What Else is New?

    I'm dipping my toes in several new streams right now. There's a Steve and Rochester story in an anthology from Untreed Reads, called The Untreed Detectives.

    I'm experimenting with translation, too. I translated my award-winning story "Christmas in Honolulu" into French, then hired a copy editor to make sure that if my college French teacher read it she wouldn't scream in horror. "Un Noel Hawaiien" is now available as an ebook through The same story in German, "Weihnachten auf Honolulu," is available as well.

    Something else that's new is my participation in Authograph. See all my e-books there and request your personalized autograph!


    Want to hear from me occasionally (every couple of months or so) about new books? Subscribe to my newsletter and I promise I won't spam you!

    Find Me Online At:
    MySpace   Facebook   LinkedIn   Twitter