New Books and Stories from Neil S. Plakcy

La mas noble vengansa es el perdon (A Ladino proverb meaning "The noblest vengeance is forgiveness.)

Bodyguard partners Aidan and Liam are deeply in love, living as expatriates in Nice, France. When Aidan's distant cousins in Istanbul need protection from dangerous adversaries he and Liam are on the next plane to Turkey - but the real danger to their relationship may come from their very different ideas about family connections.

Can their love withstand assassins with a deadly secret to keep hidden - and Liam's foul-mouthed mother? Have Body Will Guard #6, The Noblest Vengeance, is now available as an ebook from Loose Id as well as from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retailers.

Whom Dog Hath Joined

Reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan still gets a thrill from snooping into places online where he shouldn't be. When his golden retriever Rochester discovers a human bone at the Friends Meeting during the Harvest Days festival, these two unlikely sleuths are plunged into another investigation.

They will uncover uncomfortable secrets about their small town's past as they dig deep into the Vietnam War era, when local Quakers helped draft resisters move through Stewart's Crossing on their way to Canada. Does that bone Rochester found belong to one of those young men fleeing conscription? Or to someone who knew the secrets that lurked behind those whitewashed walls?
Steve's got other problems, too. His girlfriend Lili wants to move in with him, and his matchmaking efforts among his friends all seem to be going haywire.

Whether the death was due to natural causes, or murder, someone in the present wants to keep those secrets hidden. And Steve and Rochester may end up in the crosshairs of a very antique rifle if they can't dig up the clues quickly enough. Amazon has the ebook and print versions, while Barnes & Noble and Smashwords sell the ebook.

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, and Smashwords, and in print from CreateSpace.

See You Soon?

I'm staying close to home for a while because of the new puppy (Griffin, aka Gryffindor) but I will be:

  • On a panel at the Key West Mystery Festival from June 13 - 15.
  • At the Novelists Inc. conference in St. Petersburg Beach in October

Now in Audio

If you like audiobooks, I hope you'll consider mine. I have four so far; the first three are in my Golden Retriever Mystery series. These are links to Amazon; just select the Audible version once you get there.
#1 - In Dog We Trust
#2 - The Kingdom of Dog
#3 - Dog Helps Those
#4 - Dog Bless You

Book one of the Have Body, Will Guard series. Three Wrong Turns in the Desert went up in August 2013, and Dancing with the Tide in December. I hope to have the rest up over the next couple of months, along with Genie for Hire: A Biff Andromeda Mystery.

What Else is New?

I'm dipping my toes in several new streams right now. Cleis has created audiobook editions three of the anthologies I've edited for them: Hard Hats, Surfer Boys, and The Handsome Prince.

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!


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