Dark Mysteries

Elaine Viets: A mystery for every mood

Angela Richman, Death Investigator Mysteries

Brain Storm is the first Angela Richman, Death Investigator mystery. This psychological suspense novel  debuted at ThrillerFest in New York in 2016.

Brain Storm joins the four Francesca Vierling Mysteries from Elaine's darker side.

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Fire and Ashes the second Angela Richman, Death Investigator mystery available now.

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 Ice Blonde - an Angela Richman Novella coming summer 2018.



Francesca Vierling Mysteries

Sleek, sexy, six-foot-tall Francesca Vierling is a newspaper columnist for the St. Louis City Gazette. Francesca makes her living knowing the story behind the scenes and the secrets other papers miss. There are four books in this series.


Angela Richman, Death Investigator Mysteries

Brain Storm by Elaine Viets  

Brain Storm

The ultrawealthy families of Chouteau Forest may look down on a woman like death investigator Angela Richman, but they also rely on her. When a horrific car crash kills a Forest teenager, Angela is among the first on the scene. Her investigation is hardly underway, when she suffers a series of crippling strokes. Misdiagnosed by the resident neurologist, Dr. Porter Gravois, and mended by gauche yet brilliant neurosurgeon Dr. Jeb Travis Tritt, Angela faces a harrowing recovery.

It’s a drug-addled, hallucinating Angela who learns that Dr. Gravois has been murdered -- and the chief suspect is the surgeon who saved her life. Angela doesn’t believe he's a killer, but can she trust her instincts? Her brain trauma brings doubts that she’ll ever recover her investigative skills. But she’s determined to save Dr. Tritt from a death-row sentence—even if her progress is thwarted at every turn by a powerful and insular community poised to protect its own.

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Fire and Ashes  

My new Angela Richman, Death Investigator mystery is hot off the presses July 25, and this cover tells the story. Showing off a new cover never gets old. I've written 31 mysteries.


Fire and Ashes is the second novel in my forensic mystery series set in mythical Chouteau County, Missouri, thirty miles from my hometown of St. Louis.


Francesca Vierling Mysteries

Backstab by Elaine Viets  

1. Backstab

In the St. Louis winter, city folks survive the snow and fight for parking spaces in their redbrick neighborhoods. But St. Louis City Gazette columnist Francesca Vierling is investigating two murders -- a bartender in a landmark St. Louis saloon and a colorful rehabber. Francesca is desperately looking for a killer -- who has already chosen her.

Published: 9/1/1997
Pages: 320
ISBN 9780440224310
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Rubout by Elaine Viets  

2. Rubout

For serious Harley riders and wanna-bes -- RUBS, Rich Urban Bikers -- the annual biker ball in St. Louis is a thrill. But this year's biker ball ends in murder. The victim is a woman who lived well, married bad and divorced hard. Biker chick was only a phase -- until she wound up dead. Now newspaper columnist Francesca Vierling must find out who ruined the annual Leather and Lace Biker Ball. But with her career crashing, her love life sputtering, and another murder waiting down the road, Francesca finds out how dangerous it can be when you're born to be wild -- and dare to live that way.

Published: 5/11/1998
Pages: 320
ISBN 9780440613480
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The Pink Flamingo Murders  

3. The Pink Flamingo Murders

Whacked with a lawn flamingo? A reporter wants to know--who killed with kitsch.

The rehabilitation of North Dakota Place is a feel-good story -- the kind St. Louis City Gazette columnist Francesca Vierling likes to write. Grand houses restored to former glory. Pride in a neighborhood. Like all good stories, this one has a hero, the woman who made it all happen, the city's guardian of good taste. Some call her a rehabbing saint, others a fanatic.

The first death on North Dakota Place was shocking but not entirely unwelcome. After all, the victim was a cranky old man who had been painting his house purple. The second death, of a drug dealer, brings tacit approval -- and growing suspicion. But all bets are off when another victim is found, a socialite unceremoniously whacked with a pink lawn flamingo. Now the neighbors want Francesca to investigate. But her boyfriend wants her to commit to marriage, not crime. Soon the gutsy reporter is experiencing a deepening personal crisis -- and something more heinous than vinyl siding: the dark secrets of heart, home, and blighted dreams.

Published: 7/13/1999
Pages: 272
ISBN 9780440613510
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Backstab by Elaine Viets  

4. Doc in the Box

St. Louis City Gazette columnist Francesca Vierling is helping Georgia, her friend and editor, hide her battle with breast cancer. At the Gazette, any hint of illness is death to a career. Francesa is also writing about a gorgeous male stripper, Leo D. Nardo. Then Leo disappears and someone starts killing the worst doctors in St. Louis. If you’ve ever had the urge to kill a doctor, this is your mystery.

Published: 7/11/2000
Pages: 256
ISBN 780440236207
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