“Double Jinx: A Bellissimo Casino Crime Caper Short Story” by Gretchen Archer (Henery Press)
“The Best-Laid Plans” by Barb Goffman in Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most Conventional (Wildside Press)
“The Mayor and the Midwife” by Edith Maxwell in Blood on the Bayou: Bouchercon Anthology 2016 (Down & Out Books)
“The Last Blue Glass” by B.K. Stevens in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
“Parallel Play” by Art Taylor in Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning (Wildside Press)
My physical setting is the town I live in—Amesbury, Massachusetts—but in the late 1880s. The time setting governs certain crime-solving techniques, of course. Fingerprinting and blood typing were not in use at the time. And it contributes to the characters acting in a manner consistent with the era—mostly. Rose Carroll is a bit of an outsider: she’s a Quaker, didn’t grow up in the town, and is a forthright independent businesswoman of 24. These mattered a lot more back then than they might in contemporary times. Her outsider status also makes her a good amateur sleuth, as does working as a midwife, where she goes places and hears secrets the detectives aren’t able to.