A Paler Shade of Death

A Murder Story

by Laura Benedict

Self Published


April 20, 2017

Available in: e-Book

A Paler Shade of Death
by Laura Benedict

A taut psychological crime story, A PALER SHADE OF DEATH was nominated for a 2017 Edgar Award for Best Short Story.

Becca is starting a new life in the city, miles away from her elegant St. Louis suburban home. Things were never the same with her husband after she was found not guilty of the death of their four-year-old son, and they are now separated. She drinks too much, and daydreams too much, and now there’s a ten-year-old neighbor boy dogging her every move. Heartbroken and desperately focused on the past, Becca is driven to commit a crime that will bring to light the truth about her young son’s death, and change both the boy's life, and hers, forever.

A PALER SHADE OF DEATH was originally published August 2016 in the anthology, ST. LOUIS NOIR. (Akashic Books)

E-book includes a bonus Laura Benedict short story, THE HOLLOW WOMAN, which was originally published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

Laura Benedict's Bio

Laura Benedict is the Edgar- and ITW Thriller Award- nominated author of seven novels of suspense, including the forthcoming The Stranger Inside (February 2019). Small Town Trouble, her latest book, is a cozy crime novel. Her Bliss House gothic trilogy includes The Abandoned Heart, Charlotte's Story (Booklist starred review), and Bliss House. Her short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, and in numerous anthologies like Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers, and St. Louis Noir. A native of Cincinnati, she lives in Southern Illinois with her family. Visit her at www.laurabenedict.com to read her blog and sign up for her quarterly newsletter.