Amidst the allure of fast cars, beautiful women, and fancy-dress balls pervades an underlying theme, mystery. Racing Can Be Murder is an anthology chock-full of delicious reading.
Nineteen members of the Speed City Indiana Chapter of Sisters in Crime have written stories involving malice, murder, and mayhem set in Indianapolis during the month of May’s racing madness. Tucked in between each story are real-life facts about the Indianapolis 500 mile race.
The authors are an eclectic group. Chris Wright is chief meteorologist at a television station and is the author of nine mystery books and three children’s books. Wanda Lou Willis is a folklore historian specializing in Hoosier folk tales and history, an award-winning author, and a well-known personality and speaker in Indiana. Tony Perona is a free-lance writer and the author of the Nick Bertetto mystery series. Tamera Huber is a mystery author, playwright, poet, and award-winning journalist. Brenda Robertson Stewart is a forensic artist specializing in facial reconstruction on skulls for identification purposes and the author of the Lettie Sue Wolfe mystery series. Sheila Boneham has won multiple awards for her many books and articles about dogs and cats. Judith Skillings is a mystery novelist, playwright, and a graduate of the Bertil-Roos race-driving school. Phil Dunlap is the author of historical/police novels, and P.J. Robertson is a sociologist and mystery writer. Tamara Phillips is an insurance adjuster and journalist. Andrea Smith’s Chicago police detective, Ariel Lawrence, has been featured in three published short stories, and S.M. Harding is a chef and the author of several published short stories. Lucy Coyle Schilling is a journalist who is working on a book-length version of her graduate thesis, and Sherita Saffer Campbel is a published free-lance mystery writer and poet. D.B. Reddick is a policy analyst with a national insurance trade association. Debi Watson is a retired Family Nurse Practitioner and currently works as a contributing editor to Shore magazine. Sheila Sowder has had a long career in advertising. Jaci Muzamel is a publicist, photographer, and avid race fan. Diana Catt is an instructor and postdoctoral research fellow at the IU School of Dentistry and the owner/operator of a private lab for mold analysis.