Meet new member J. D. Allen

Sep 6, 2019Member Updates

J.D Allen’s Sin City Investigations series launched with 19 Souls in 2018 and followed with Skin Game in 2019. She has short stories in the Anthony Award-winning anthology, Murder under the Oaks as well as Carolina Crimes, and Florida Happens. She?s a past chair of the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention national board, a member of MWA, PI Writer?s of America, and past president of her local Sisters in Crime chapter. She?s an Ohio State Univ. Alum with a degree in forensic anthropology and a creative writing minor.

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Praise for 19 Souls

Book 1 of the Sin City Investigation series

“[Allen’s] plotting and pacing will keep you up long after Proust and Henry James have rocked you to sleep. Stay tuned for a series that promises many, many more troubled dreams.”?Kirkus Reviews

“Bean’s inner and outer dialogue is quick, snappy, and authentic to the profession. The pace is earnest, as leads, tips, and information eventually congeal into answers; final pages are highly suspenseful and dramatic. 19 Souls introduces a memorable PI, grappling with a past he’s not reconciled to.”?Foreword Reviews

“Overall, a must read for thriller fans and perhaps the best PI story we have read this year so far.”?Mystery Tribune

“19 Souls is one terrific read. With a great plot, engaging characters, and a crackling voice, this book has everything. I dare you to put it down after you start reading.”?John Gilstrap, New York Times bestselling author

“The setup is so good, and the characters so hard to look away from…All in all, a fine thriller.”?Booklist

“Twisty, authentic, and constantly surprising! JD Allen nails her debut with this top-notch thriller?it’s gritty, smart and irresistible.”?Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author

?Praise for Skin Game

Book 2 of the Sin City Investigation series

“With one foot in the classic PI tradition and the other in the new age, Skin Game is no roll of the dice. J.D. Allen delivers a smart, fast-paced book that will keep the reader on edge from start to finish.”?Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of What You Break

“Skin Game is a very solid adventure through the Las Vegas underworld.”?Crimespree Magazine

“Skin Game never tries to be more than it is, and that works in its favor. Instead, fully engaging with the expected tropes, Allen turns the novel into something akin to comfort food for those who enjoy this type of story. That is important and will surely make fans of classic PI novels place Allen on their radar and keep an eye out for whatever she does next.”?Criminal Element

 

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