For the Love of Pavarti: An Anita Ray Mystery by Susan Oleksiw
(Five Star Mystery, May 2014)
In the foothills of South India a man struggles against ropes tying him to an old bridge while the monsoon rages and wild animals forage for food. In the valley below, Anita Ray and Auntie Meena are stopped at a roadblock while their car is searched.
When Anita and Meena arrive at their destination, Lalita Amma’s household is in turmoil. During a break in the rain, Anita discovers a body washed into the riverbank. The police whisk away the corpse and refuse to answer questions.
For the Love of Parvati brings Anita Ray face to face with a killer determined to exact revenge for a code of honor broken, a lover determined to rescue his beloved, and a woman desperate to build a new life.
The Wrath of Shiva: An Anita Ray Mystery by Susan Oleksiw
(Five Star Mystery, June 2012)
In a starred review from Library Journal for The Wrath of Shiva:
"Traditional beliefs, cultural expectations, and old-fashioned detecting make for a captivating cozy not to be missed. Beguiling Anita Ray winningly returns after her first entry, Under the Eye of Kali."
Anita Ray's family eagerly awaits the visit of Anita's cousin despite a servant's predictions that she will never arrive. When the prediction turns out to be true, Anita turns her attention to the maidservant, the astrologer urging the family matriarch to have an exorcism to end the servant's trances, and missing family antiques. Set in a tropical paradise, The Wrath of Shiva pulls back the curtain on traditional culture overwhelmed by the modern world.
Under the Eye of Kali
An Anita Ray Mystery featuring Anita Ray by Susan Oleksiw
Five Star Mystery, May 2010
In the middle of the tourist season in tropical South India,
American women meet over breakfast at Hotel Delite, where Anita
an Indian-American young woman, helps her aunt manage the hotel.
Two of the women are traveling
together, and three seem to be from the same city. All seems
until one woman goes missing and another becomes deathly ill.
plunges into the mystery, to save a guest and her aunt's livelihood.
Stories Featuring Anita Ray
"The Recumbent Cow," Thin Ice: Crime Stories by New England Writers (Level Best Books, 2010), 213-229.
"The Right and Left of Maintenance," Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers (Level Best Books, 2009), 124-140.
“The Secret of the Pulluvan Drum,” Deadfall:
Crime Stories by New England Writers (Level Best
Books, 2008) 194-212. Read this story online!
“The Moneylender,” Still Waters: Crime Stories
by New England Writers (Level Best Books, 2007) 146-163.
“Death, Sweet Death,” Seasmoke: Crime Stories
by New England Writers (Level Best Books, 2006) 123-141.
“Death of a Mentor,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery
Magazine (September 2006) 92-103.
“What He Would Have Known,” Windchill: Crime Stories
by New England Writers (Level Best Books, 2005): 68-86.
“The Photographer and the Lover,” Alfred Hitchcock
Mystery Magazine (April 2005): 84-98.
“Death of a Good Wife,” Riptide: Crime Stories
by New England Writers (Level Best Books, 2004): 67-91.
“The Silver House,” Undertow: Crime Stories by
New England Writers (Level Best Books, 2003): 57-73.
“A Murder Made in India,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery
Magazine (October 2003): 82-91.