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  • Left Field

    "You'll be surprised over and over." —Caroline McCullagh, Mensa Bulletin

  • You've Got a Book in You

    "The approach is always positive and well worth the price of admission." —Ellen Hart, award-winning author

  • The Actress

    "A page-turner from stem to stern." Kirkus Reviews

  • The Extra

    "Goes down easy, like a perfect cup of coffee." Crimespree Magazine

  • On Location

    "A fast-paced, atmospheric mystery. Sims shines." —Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times

  • Holy Hell

    "Byrd is a very likable amateur sleuth and Sims is a really entertaining storyteller." —Andrea L.T. Peterson, Woman's Monthly

  • Damn Straight

    "Appealing characters, and a rabbit mascot." Library Journal

  • Lucky Stiff

    "A nerve-tingling thriller, rich with characterization and humour." —Vancouver BC Public Library

  • Easy Street

    "Hilarious. Lillian is a true original." Kirkus Reviews

  • Left Field

    "Unforgettable characters, lovely moments and brilliant dialogue." The Lesbian Review

  • You've Got a Book in You

    "Elizabeth Sims proves herself a true writer's friend." —Jamie Morris, Director, Voice Heart Vision

  • The Actress

    "Sims' wry commentary on life in Hollywood is dead-on." Publishers Weekly

  • The Extra

    "An intelligent thriller." —Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • On Location

    "You just have to love Rita." Kirkus Reviews

  • Holy Hell

    "I flat out loved this book." —Sheryl LeSage, Liberty Press

  • Damn Straight

    "Much charm and deprecating humor." Kirkus Reviews

  • Lucky Stiff

    "A nifty little puzzle solved by a most intriguing female detective." —Rex E. Klett, Library Journal

  • Easy Street

    "Don't overlook the work of this excellent and entertaining author." —Denise Pickles, Mary Martin Bookshop

  • Left Field

    "What more could a reader ask for?" —Cheri Fuller and Nikki Little, Curve Magazine

  • I am Calico Jones

    "The quality of writing and the entertainment value are high." —W Spice

  • You've Got a Book in You

    "Packs a twelve-week writing course into 280 pages." —Julie Compton,
    author of Keep No Secrets

  • The Actress

    "Intricate and surprising, this is a gripping read." —Kristine Huntley, Booklist

  • The Extra

    "The two leads, Rita and George, are engaging and believable." —Hallie Ephron, Boston Globe

  • On Location

    "Sims orchestrates the action—and occasional comic relief—for maximum impact." Publishers Weekly

  • Holy Hell

    "A rollicking good mystery." —Lori L. Lake, Midwest Book Review

  • Damn Straight

    "Your evening read will keep you up 'til dawn." —Whitney Scott, Booklist

  • Lucky Stiff

    "Colorful episodes involving trailer parks and luxury cars." Kirkus Reviews

  • Easy Street

    "Sims has created one of those heroines who you wouldn't like to be but you'd like as a friend." —Sharon Wheeler, Reviewing the Evidence

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YOU'VE GOT A BOOK IN YOU by Elizabeth Sims The Actress The Extra On Location Crimes in a Second Language I am Calico Jones
Holy Hell Damn Straight Lucky Stiff Easy Street Left Field

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New


Mystery Readers Journal Midwestern Mysteries Writer's Digest September 2017
With "Fiction Lab" By Elizabeth Sims
Every great story invention starts with an experiment. Awaken your inner scientist with these 8 steps.

Mystery Readers Journal Midwestern Mysteries Mystery Readers Journal Midwestern Mysteries, Volume 33, No. 1, Spring 2017
With "The Lake Effect" By Elizabeth Sims

You'll find a comprehensive list of Elizabeth's magazine articles here.

Recently

THE ACTRESS by Elizabeth Sims Featured Author

In this new interview,
Acting, Judgement and Thrills, Elizabeth reveals the research that went into The Actress, talks about how Rita Farmer is a reflection of herself and gives us a peek into what she is working on now.
"While watching a true crime TV program, Elizabeth Sims realized that the jury often strongly reacts to how the accused acts - picking up on body language, appearance and other cues. This inspired Sims to write The Actress."
Read on...
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CRIMES IN A SECOND LANGUAGE by Elizabeth Sims New Novel!

Crimes in a Second Language is Elizabeth’s first stand-alone novel—a brief departure from her series work. Elizabeth says, "This novel is about the relationship between two very different women in contemporary Los Angeles. The story was inspired by my late, great aunt and her relationship with a Mexican-American housecleaner. The story began to take on a life of its own as I wrote it, sprawling into the film business, corporate and industrial espionage, and other, darker issues of urban life." Take a look and see what you think of it!
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All five Lillian Byrd crime novels are now available on Audible Books!
The narrator, Dina Pearlman, did a fabulous job. And, you can listen to samples from your favorites on Amazon!
HOLY HELL Audible
DAMN STRAIGHT Audible
LUCKY STIFF Audible
EASY STREET Audible
LEFT FIELD Audible

Podcast from The Lesbian Review: 10 Brilliant Audiobooks To Get You Started
Holy Hell and the entire Lillian Byrd series is reviewed beginning at 32:25.

I AM CALICO JONES by Elizabeth Sims
I am Calico Jones: Four Short Stories
Now available on Amazon Kindle!

These four short stories by award-winning author Elizabeth Sims are her hand-picked favorites. Love stories? Happy endings? Tough breaks? We got ’em. If you’re a fan of the Lillian Byrd crime novels, you’ll be delighted to finally know what Calico Jones thinks about when she’s tied up, awaiting execution at the hands of geopolitical terrorists. Regrets? She’s had a few. The three other stories explore the range of lesbian experience from wacky to warm, from heartbreak to hilarity. Says an early reviewer: "You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to go camping." We might add, you’ll never feel the same standing in front of a bank teller again. Who knew the range of lesbian fiction could be so vast, so compelling, so delightful?
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