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A Deadly First

By Delia C. Pitts

Welcome

Hello there and welcome to my website!

 

I'm Delia Pitts, author of the Ross Agency mystery series, including Lost and Found in Harlem, Practice the Jealous Arts, and Black and Blue in Harlem. I've just published a new book about private eye SJ Rook and his friends. It's called Pauper and Prince in Harlem. I hope you'll enjoy this new case as much as the previous stories.

A year ago, if you'd ask me to join a "Zoom meeting," I'd have been clueless. Now 

I've had the distinct pleasure of participating in a lively, Ask Me Anything, session with acclaimed thriller author, Mindy Mejia. We talk about everything from building fictional characters to tackling social disruption in novels. Catch my Zoom session here.

During these tough times, when fighting the pandemic sweeping our planet demands so much attention, it’s hard to focus. Writing mysteries, even reading them, is difficult in the face of Covid-19. But I hope to continue working on my stories. And I hope you will find them a source of entertainment and encouragement. Stay safe, follow the advice of medical professionals, and wherever you live, take care of everyone in the neighborhood.

 

My new short story of suspense and roadside dining is called "The Killer." It takes Rook on a dangerous southern roadtrip. This story is now published in the spring 2020 issue of the Chicago Quarterly Review, Vol. 31. You can read an excerpt of "The Killer" here.

I'm also moving forward with the fifth installment in the Ross Agency mystery series, Murder My Past.  In this book, I look into the murky personal histories of Rook, Brina, and her father, Norment Ross. To give you a special preview of this latest book, I've included the first chapter of Murder My Past at the end of eBook and print versions of Pauper and Prince in Harlem. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek at the story I'm working on right now. In the meantime, feel free to explore the neighborhood. I'd love to hear from you, so drop me a line!

 

Best regards,

 

Delia C. Pitts.

Out Now!

When Shelba Rook’s home burns down, he realizes he has nothing left. What’s a jobless, homeless private detective to do? 

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