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Mistletoe and Murder: The Fourth Pete Culnane Mystery
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Auld Lang Syne with a Twist

As Collette Hammond orchestrates an elaborate New Year’s Eve wedding reception for her brother in St. Paul’s historic Union Depot, she never anticipates the evening might end in her own mysterious death. She collapses just before midnight. A fresh needle mark suggests narcotics. St. Paul police detectives Pete Culnane and Martin Tierney are called away from their holiday celebrations to investigate, launching a trip through a labyrinth of intrigue and deception.
 

Mistletoe and Murder: The Fourth Pete Culnane Mystery
by S. L. Smith
ISBN 978-0-9964640-5-5
Mystery set in St. Paul, MN
Sightline Press • August 1, 2017
6 X 9 • Paperback • 257 pp • New!


 
 
 

Murder on a Stick: The Third Pete Culnane Mystery
Murder on a Stick
You can get almost anything on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair. This year, murder is added to the list. Despite the thousands of people in close proximity to the crime scene, efforts to find a witness are futile. Family and friends construct radically different portraits of the victim, and the list of suspects keeps growing. No suspect has a corroborated alibi. Three admit being at the fair that day. The investigation crisscrosses the Twin Cities, and travels from the fairgrounds to Rochester, Minnesota. St. Paul investigators Pete Culnane and Martin Tierney must separate fact from fiction, and determine whose lies mean what.

Murder on a Stick: The Third Pete Culnane Mystery
by S. L. Smith
ISBN 978-0-9964640-1-9
Mystery set in St. Paul, MN
Sightline Press • August 1, 2015
6 x 9 • Paperback • 248 pp • New!

 
 
 
 

Running Scared: The Second Pete Culnane Mystery
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Nick Rice knows someone is after him. He doesn’t know who, and he doesn’t know why. Efforts to determine either or both are unsuccessful. This morning, during his daily run, he concocts a sure-fire solution. For the first time in weeks, he relaxes.

St. Paul investigators Pete Culnane and Martin Tierney are together again. They must determine if a horrific crash on Wheelock Parkway was accidental or deliberate. Their step-by-step investigation uncovers secrets that leave more than one person running scared.
 
 

Running Scared: The Second Pete Culnane Mystery
by S. L. Smith
ISBN 978-0-9964640-7-9
Mystery set in St. Paul, MN
Beaver’s Pond Press • September 1, 2013
6 x 9 • Paperback • 227 pp • New!

 
 
 
 
Blinded by the Sight
Blinded by the Sight

“When a homeless man is found near the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota, veteran Lieutenant Pete Culnane heads the investigation. This suspenseful tale of family secrets shows off the skilled writing of newcomer S. L. Smith and her deft handling of police procedures. BLINDED BY THE SIGHT is well worth a closer look.” Mary Logue, author of the Claire Watkins mystery series

“Blinded by the Sight is an intriguing mystery with a hometown feel, a fine debut novel.” Lois Greiman, award winning author of Unzipped
“Fans of Roger Stelljes take note! Pete Culnane’s a tenacious new investigator on the scene and will dog the bone of leads to the very end. A hummer of a debut by SL Smith.” Jessie Chandler, author of the Shady O’Hanlon Caper Series
Blinded by the Sight is a delightful debut novel. Readers looking for a good police procedure won’t be disappointed, and anyone who knows the Twin Cities will have a ball mapping the action. Count me among the multitude of readers who will be watching for more to come from S.L. Smith.” William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of the Cork O’Connor mystery series

Blinded by the Sight
by S. L. Smith
ISBN 978-0-9964640-1-7
Mystery set in St. Paul, MN
Sightline Press • August 1, 2015
6 x 9 • Paperback • 266 pp • New!

Police investigators Pete Culnane and Martin Tierney are as different as parchment and newsprint, and Martin’s insecurities are fed by Pete’s expertise and finesse. A homeless man wearing an eye-popping diamond ring is as inexplicable to both of them as the disappearance of the two boys who reported his body on St. Paul’s Upper Landing. Blinded by the Sight demonstrates how good intentions can go awry, resulting in unintended, life-altering predicaments.


 

 

 
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