happy to say that many of my books and stories are now available in ebook
format. Most recently, Simon & Schuster added my last four novels
— Designer Crimes, Last
Chants, Star Witness and Havana
Twist — to the ebook shelves. An electronic edition of an
earlier Willa Jansson novel, Prior
Convictions, is now available at a reduced price, as are two Laura Di
Palma novels, The Good Fight and Face Value. These three have new
covers and are slightly revised from the Ballantine, Simon & Schuster and
Pocket print editions. Below, you'll find ebookstore links to them and
previews with their opening chapters.
also find a link to my latest, the novella Champawat, originally in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Sept/Oct 2012. I'm delighted
that it came in third in the Readers Award vote for favorite EQMM story of the year. Set in
1919, it is the sequel to "The Children" (also previewed
here), Ellery Queen,
Sept/Oct 2011. They are available as ebook singles, separately or together,
in the Nook, Kindle and iTunes stores. Both are reviewed, along with two of
my novels, in a post at Daily Kos.
have a new anthology out as well, available for the first time. Lovers and Lawyers: Ten Stories spans
two decades, with stories originally in collections edited by Scott Turow,
Tony Hillerman, Sara Paretsky, Jonathan Kellerman and others. Its preview
offers the first pages of each story. One of them, “Dead Drunk” (winner of
a Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award) is also a free Crime City
Central podcast, narrated by Cher Eaves. You can listen or download it
at Crime City Central or on iTunes. (The story starts at the 28.45
minute mark.) I've put the print version online at
this site too, if you'd like to follow along with the podcast.
summer and hiking weather coming to a close, I've also put up two full
short stories celebrating the outdoors. Click here to
read "The River Mouth," set where the Klamath River meets the
Pacific. It first appeared in Tony Hillerman's anthology The Mysterious West. And for fellow
mushroom hunters, I've added "Destroying Angel" here. Originally in Marilyn Wallace's
anthology Sisters In Crime,
Volume II, it's about a natural history museum serving lethal
destroying angels at a Fungus Fair mushroom tasting.
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are the links I mentioned.
Champawat is in Amazon's Kindle
Store, the iTunes Store and Barnes &
Noble's Nook Store for $3.99.
The Children is in the Kindle
Store, the iTunes Store and the Nook Store for $1.99. And The Children & Champawat is
in the Kindle Store and the Nook Store for $4.99. They are also
available to read on computers and other mobile devices with the free Kindle app or Nook app.
Lovers and Lawyers: Ten Stories is available for the first time, only in ebook format.
The stories originally appeared in anthologies edited by Scott Turow, Tony
Hillerman, Sara Paretsky, Jonathan Kellerman, Carolyn Hart, Marilyn Wallace
and Robert J. Randisi, and in Ellery
Queen Mystery Magazine. Lovers
and Lawyers includes Shamus Award winner “Dead Drunk,” “The
Children,” “Destroying Angel,” “The River Mouth,” “Easy Go,” “Do Not
Resuscitate,” “Dream Lawyer,” “Performance Crime,” “If It Can’t Be True”
and “Counsel for the Defense.” It is in Amazon's Kindle
Store, the iTunes Store and Barnes &
Noble's Nook Store.
Face Value (a Laura Di Palma novel) is available in
Amazon's Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble's Nook Store and Apple's iTunes Store.
USA Today calls it
"Absorbing," and says, "Multiple murders and delightfully
complex characters help carry a plot that moves from a striptease bar to
the guru's mysterious island retreat…A fine, intelligent story."
followers of San Francisco quantum physicist and guru "Brother
Mike" thought they were exploring their sexuality and spirituality
when he guided them through videotaped group encounters. They didn't know
the tapes would end up in the XXX sections of their video stores. Now one former
devotee, an old friend of lawyer Laura Di Palma, has come to her new office
for advice. Laura turns for help to her former partner, detective Sandy
Arkelett. They haven't spoken since a falling out months ago. But as the
case takes them from banks to porn parlors to a private fantasy island,
Laura finds that new secrets have a way of getting old lovers killed.
The Good Fight (Laura Di Palma) is available at the iTunes store, the Kindle
store and the Nook store.
The Daily News called the book
"compelling," saying, "Matera writes with passion about
debts to old lovers and old causes." The Baltimore Sun described it as "Extraordinary,
thought-provoking," and John Leonard, of NPR's "Fresh Air,"
called it "Sharply written, brilliantly observed."
Laura Di Palma has been warned: she'll be fired if she insists on defending
a controversial new client. Famed activist Dan Crosetti is accused of
shooting his best friend, who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.
Laura was with Crosetti years ago when a military truck ran over protesters
blocking its path. He lost his legs that day, and Laura won't see him lose
his freedom, too. But if she can't reconcile the person she used to be with
the lawyer she's become, she risks everything she's worked for and everyone
Prior Convictions (a Willa Jansson novel) is available in the iTunes Store, Amazon's Kindle
Store and Barnes & Noble's Nook Store.
was a New York Times Notable
Book of the Year and was also nominated for the mystery genre's top prizes,
the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Anthony Award. Publishers Weekly said, "Readers will be shaken by
Matera's rapier-sharp dissection of personal relationships and radical
ideologies," and Newsday called
it "gutsy, grown-up crime-writing from one of the best practitioners
Willa Jansson spent the last year picking up the pieces after an epic hit
to her résumé. Since leaving her beloved San Francisco, she's been
smothered in bankruptcy codes, mourning a love life that's lying somewhere
with a stake in its heart. She should be glad to be back home. But her
family, her ex, and her new employer seem bent on reviving the ugliest
trauma of her life. And unless she can figure out why, she may end up dying
for a cause she no longer believes in.