New from Down & Out Books: Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles Presents LAST RESORT

Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles Presents LAst Resort
Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles Presents LAst Resort
TAMPA, Fla. - April 17, 2017 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that LAST RESORT, a Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles anthology edited by Matt Coyle, Mary Marks, and Patricia Smiley is published this week in trade paperback and ebook formats.

"This is our third anthology for Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles, and I continue to be impressed with the quality of stories submitted by their members," said Eric Campbell, Publisher of Down & Out Books. "It is a real pleasure working with their editors to develop these collections."


The misdeeds and downfalls of characters drawn to the cultural panoply that is Los Angeles…

The sun-kissed city of high hopes and second chances, where everyone seems to be from somewhere else. A siren's call to dreamers, misfits, mystics and freaks, lost souls and purveyors of sin. They roll in on their last tank of gas, their suitcases bulging with secrets of pasts better forgotten. They stay for a few days, a month, a year, a lifetime. The determined and the desperate, careening and colliding toward trouble, and their last resort.

LAst Resort, a Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles anthology, includes stories by Avril Adams, Paula Bernstein, Lynne Bronstein, Stephen Buehler, Sarah M. Chen, Anne David, Gay Degani, L.H. Dillman, Wrona Gall, Cyndra Gernet, Georgia Jeffries, Melinda Loomis, GB Pool, Laurie Stevens, Wendall Thomas, and Mae Woods.

Edited by Matt Coyle, Mary Marks, and Patricia Smiley, with a special thank you to Michael Connelly for the introduction.

Meet the Editors …

Matt Coyle's debut novel, Yesterday's Echo, won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery, and the Ben Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction. His second book, Night Tremors, was a Reviewers' Favorite Book of 2015 and was nominated for an Anthony Award, a Shamus Award, and a Lefty Award. Matt's third book, Dark Fissures, was released in December 2016. Matt lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus, where he his writing the fourth Rick Cahill crime novel.

Mary Marks is a native Angelino and, with the exception of her teenage years, has lived most of her life in Southern California. The first book in her award winning Quilting Mystery series was published the year Marks celebrated her seventieth birthday. These cozy mysteries take place in the San Fernando Valley and feature Martha Rose, a zaftig, fifty-something divorced Jewish quilter. The fourth book in the series, Something's Knot Kosher, was published in June 2016. Mary lives in Camarillo, CA, with her loyal dog Ginger, orange cat Louie, and dozens of unfinished quilts.

Patricia Smiley is the Los Angeles Times bestselling author of four mystery novels featuring amateur sleuth Tucker Sinclair. Pacific Homicide is the first in a new series about LAPD homicide detective Davie Richards. Patty's short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Two of the Deadliest, an anthology edited by Elizabeth George. She has taught writing at various writers' conferences in the U.S. and Canada, and has served on the board of directors for the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America and as president of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.

About Down & Out Books …

Founded in 2011, Down & Out Books ( ( is an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the book, or to request an interview with the editors, contact

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