The Mysterious Women Bundle - Curated by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Our entire lives have been thrown into chaos this past month—worldwide, which is something new. As far as history shows us, the world has never before done the same thing at the same time. Yay, us, I guess. Although I kinda hoped that if we were going to unite, it would be for world peace.

Anyway, what's getting me through the tough days is fiction. And more than that, it seems, stories about crime are getting me through. Which makes sense when you think about it. The entire mystery genre is about putting order on chaos.

So when I can't handle the extreme chaos in the world right now, I go to the genre that orders chaos. I go in search of solutions, order, something known.

Because I'm doing that, I figure you might want to as well. So I put some of my favorite female authors together into this StoryBundle. All of us write about crime, but we do it in different ways.

Christy Fifield writes about female spies in World War II. I love her tagline: Before they were mothers and grandmothers, the women of the Greatest Generation were many things. Including spies. It makes me think twice about the little old ladies in my orbit.

In fact, no one should discount any of the female protagonists in this StoryBundle. Two of them are officers of the law. Juliet Nordeen's Modesta Quinn works for the county sheriff's department in Washington State, and Rachel Amphlett's Kay Hunter works as a detective sergeant in the UK, but they face similar challenges. Annie Reed and J.F. Penn give us actual detectives, working tough cases.

Kris Nelscott (okay, that's me) puts together a trio of women without investigative experience who need to solve some murders the police are ignoring. Katie Pressa gives us a pregnant lawyer who is more than a match for the man hired to protect a women's clinic after several bomb threats.

We also have two short story anthologies, and one collection, all featuring strong women solving mysteries and crimes. Fiction River Presents: Mysterious Women includes mysteries by such greats as Kate Wilhelm and Julie Hyzy. Dayle A. Dermatis includes her highly acclaimed short stories, some of which have made best-of anthologies. Love Among The Thorns gives us a necessary touch of gothic to round out the bundle.

Two of our books—Dayle's and Fiction River Presents: Mysterious Women—are exclusive to the bundle. In other words, you can't get them anywhere else.

As you pick up copies for yourself, I also urge you to give a few dollars to our charity, Able Gamers.

Now that most of us have unwillingly spent weeks inside, unable to socialize, we have a sense of what many disabled folks contend with each and every day. Able Gamers helps them participate in online games by providing equipment tailored toward their needs. Sometimes the online community is the only community available to people who are housebound (as many of you learned this year). Dreams are important for all of us, as is being social, so please, if you decide to purchase this bundle, add a donation to AbleGamers.

So put a little order on the chaos that is all our lives at the moment. Escape into some good crime fiction.

Enjoy! – Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you're feeling generous), you'll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.

  • Paper Bullets by Annie Reed
  • New Year's Shenanigans by Juliet Nordeen
  • A Gentleman of the Old School by Katie Pressa
  • Fiction River Presents: Mysterious Women edited by Gwyneth Gibby (StoryBundle Exclusive!)

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular books, plus six more books, for a total of ten!

  • The Spy Girl Files by Christy Fifield
  • Deviance by J.F. Penn
  • Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett
  • Protectors by Kris Nelscott
  • Love Among the Thorns by Lyn Worthen
  • Voice Carry by Dayle A. Dermatis (StoryBundle Exclusive!)

This bundle is available only for a limited time via It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub, .mobi) for all books!

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Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We've chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
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  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to AbleGamers!
  • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you'll get the bonus books!

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