Popular Culture, Crime, and Justice (edited with Donna Hale) is a volume that offers an introduction to criminal justice as depicted in popular culture/mass media. The book was published by Wadsworth in 1998, and includes chapters by well-known scholars on topics such as violence in popular films, comic books and censorship, the “criminalizing” of popular culture, media and the police, and movie images of police women, of female attorneys, and of prisons. Incidentally, in the introduction, Donna and I mention Murder, She Wrote. Since writing that introduction, I’ve heard a lot - as a writer of traditional mysteries with an amateur sleuth - about the “Jessica Fletcher syndrome.” Wherever Jessica went, murder followed. In the introduction, Donna and I discuss Jessica and the other television sleuths who have had such an impact on popular culture images of crime.
Published Short Stories
"Since You Went Away" in Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Writers, Eleanor Taylor Bland, ed. (2005)
"In Her Fashion" in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 2014
Frankie reading her Lizzie Stuart short story "In Her Fashion," published in the July 2014 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
"The Singapore Sling Affair" in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Nov-Dec 2017
"The Birth of the Bronze Buckaroo" in The Adventures of the Bronze Buckaroo (2018)
"Eel's Blood" in Down to the River, Tim O'Mara, ed. (2019)