The Dead of Night

In a deceptively peaceful county, mysteries are numerous—and deadly…


It starts with a fierce thunderstorm. Rain drumming against the bluff, washing away the earth and the decades and bringing up a grisly secret someone tried to bury a long time ago. Sheriff Piper Blackwell stumbles on it during a clandestine meeting with an aging, paranoid veteran who believes spies dog him.


Putting a name to the skeleton on the bluff, and finding the thief robbing the old man of his life’s earnings, sends Piper delving into the tiny towns that dot her rural county and digging into pasts perhaps best left alone.


Uncovering fragments of Spencer County’s history could prove dangerous, as Piper and Chief Deputy Oren Rosenberg seek to unearth a truth someone wants to remain forever hidden.


And those spies the old man feared? They might be real. They might be dogging Piper now.

It started with a thunderstorm, but Piper aims to finish it and find justice.

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The Dead of Winter

“Mystery just got a little less cozy in THE DEAD OF WINTER.” — New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Steven Savile


“Jean Rabe delivers a suspenseful morsel that not only celebrates the Yuletide season, but also keeps you up at night with a well-crafted mystery. THE DEAD OF WINTER is chilling indeed!” —Raymond Benson, New York Times bestselling author (James Bond books) and author of The Black Stiletto series (optioned by ABC studios)


“THE DEAD OF WINTER was a blast—lots of fun to read! Jean Rabe’s characters come to life through the written word, and it takes a real writing talent to accomplish this feat.” —Denise Dietz, USA Today bestselling author


“For years I’ve admired Jean Rabe’s work in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and now, with THE DEAD OF WINTER, she’s applying her considerable talents to the field of mysteries. The first in a very promising series with an attractive main character, Piper Blackwell, a female county sheriff who faces obstacles both on and off the job while investigating a puzzling homicide. Very much recommended.”  — Multiple award-winning and three-time Edgar nominee author Brendan DuBois

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Pockets of Darkness

Bridget O’Shea is a mother, a successful business woman, an expert on antiques…and a thief, a damn good one. But when she steals an ancient relic from a Manhattan apartment, she acquires a curse in the form of a Sumerian demon. The demon wants something from Bridget, killing people she cares about to force her cooperation, and it will continue to kill unless she meets its demands.

Next in the demon’s sights? Bridget’s teenage son. Bridget must learn to communicate with the demon, divine what it wants, and satisfy it to keep her son alive. But she soon discovers that mollifying a creature from the pits of hell could damn her soul and send the world into chaos.

Bridget never wanted to be a hero. That’s for suckers. But now, she has no choice. She has to find a way to best the beast and keep its kin from reemerging, or . . . well, there really isn’t an “or.” She has to win.

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Welcome to my spot on the web

My home is filled with dogs and books. Lots of dogs and books.

I wear bedroom slippers or worn out sandals to work everyday.

I'm a mystery writer living in a tiny Midwestern town that has a gas station, a Dollar General, and a marvelous pizza place with exceedingly slow service.

Always working on a new project or three....okay, maybe four.

I have more than three dozen books published in the fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy and mystery genres.

But I'm concentrating on mysteries now. They're not very cozy.

In my spare time I dabble in roleplaying games and boardgames, and I toss tennis balls to my dogs.