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The Jake Samson Mysteries
The Barrett Lake Series
Other Novels
Short Stories and excerpts

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about Shelley Singer



The world Singer imagines is so complete…that it doesn't need to be detailed exhaustively to take on a life of its own; with mere inference and a smattering of futuristic slang words ("toxbag," "vax"), Singer's future, shocked and scorched, opens up automatically in the imagination to something vast, and carries the story in its grip…EDGEBoston












What's New

Big news today, February 15--Torch Song, first in the Blackjack trilogy, went live on Amazon. It's an e-book, and was originally called Blackjack, since it was the only one. Like I said below, I'm having trouble keeping up with BooksBNimble. We're looking at the scans for the last two Jake Samson books right now. I'm especially excited about Torch Song. If I do say so myself, I like that book! Will beg for reviews.

I'm having trouble keeping up with the pace of BooksBNimble getting those e-books out there in the world. Most recently, January 31, Spit in the Ocean, one of my favorite books in the Jake Samson series, went live on Amazon. That makes three, soon to be four of that series, and the first book in the Blackjack trilogy--the one that used to be the only Blackjack, now titled Torch Song and on its way out very soon. Everything with gorgeous new covers which I would put up on this website if I had the time to figure out how. I'm working on Blackjack book 2, very tentatively titled Envoy. These E books are available in all the usual places and you can check out the publisher at If you have a Nook or something un-Kindle, check with the publisher on how to get a copy.




From student Joyce Mason:

The turning point that ultimately led to publication of my novel was taking Shelley Singer’s online mystery writing class through Shelley’s encouragement, technical know-how, and the practical and moral support of Shelley and my classmates tipped the balance for me to take my book seriously and to never to give up on it. Highly recommended! ~ Joyce Mason, Author, The Crystal Ball (New Inkarnation Media: November 11, 2013) and

A student--Rosean Mile--has created a wonderful blog for writers called Pen and Plot and the first one is just out. Among other things, there's a great interview with me and a crossword puzzle that includes a clue referring to some of my work. I've always wanted to be in a crossword puzzle! That's

From student, client and friend, Giselle Stancic:

Hi Shelley,
Good news. My Maestro Leloir mystery, Final Adagio, was the Grand Prize winner in the San Francisco Writers Conference Contest. [Feb 15, 2013]
This was a very nice surprise for me.

Books in Motion Audiobooks is rolling right along. All six Jake Samson mysteries and Blackjack are available on CDs and MP3 downloadable.


Read Chapter 1 of Blackjack

What else is new:

I’m happy to say I’ve been invited to join the Perseverance Press Authors’ blog at  There are some terrific writers involved in this group effort, so check it out. Should be fun.


So Who Am I?

The rest of this is written in the third person, because that makes it sound like I have a staff.

Shelley Singer is the author of 13 published novels. BLACKJACK's the most recent, from Five Star Press, written as Lee Singer and starring Rica Marin, spy, torch singer, and mercenary in the dangerous Balkanized world of 2066.
Also new and available from Amazon,  the third Vintage Voices anthology from the Redwood branch of the California Writers Club, which includes an excerpt from the novel that Shelley is working on right now. The novel is tentatively titled The Pepsi Cola 9th Street Grocery and the excerpt is “Daddy and the Hundred Pigs.” The photo below shows my dear mother behind the counter at the 9th St. Grocery in Minneapolis.

Pepsi-Cola 9th Street Grocery

Meanwhile, take a look at the Newest Release and Complete List of Works pages on this website for more information about Blackjack and Shelley's other books. There are six in her Jake Samson-Rosie Vicente series, most recently Royal Flush, published in 1999 by Perseverance/John Daniel and Company. Unlicensed iconoclast Jake Samson and his pal Rosie, a former carpenter who doesn't "want to be schlepping two by fours" while having hot flashes, are PIs in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of the four books in the Barrett Lake series, Interview with Mattie, was nominated for a prestigious Shamus award.

Shelley or Lee or whatever you want to call her has taught fiction writing and has worked one on one with writers as a manuscript consultant on nonfiction, literary novels and in every genre from memoir to mystery to science fiction to horror. Several clients and students have gone on to become published authors. She has been cited in the acknowledgments or dedications of several published books, including a number of award-winners. Recently, a student called her "insanely meticulous"--and meant it as a compliment. We think.

Singer grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and began her working life as a reporter with UPI in Chicago. During a checkered and mercifully brief journalism career, she met many famous people, at least two of whom were murdered, and many not-so-famous who are still alive.

She has done too many things for a living.

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