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Elaine Macko

I’m an award-winning writer. No, I didn’t win the award for writing. I won it for having the best legs at my gym, but we flaunt our achievements whatever they may be. Plus, my mom says my books are better than James Patterson.

I love mysteries! I like reading them, solving them, and as it turns out, I like to write them as well. I currently have seven books in my Alex Harris mystery series available: Armed, Poisoned, Flossed, Mahjonged, Smoked Pickled, and Gunned. I’m currently working on Nailed and that should be out hopefully my Christmas 2015. As you can see, they have fun names, and they’re fun to read. I want to entertain you and along with a good mystery you’ll have a hard time solving, I want you to have a smile on your face, too, so I keep them light with plenty of quirky characters. Alex, my protagonist, is addicted to M&M’s so you might want to grab a bag before you start reading!

I’ve also just released Fried Calamari Looks A Lot Like Onion Rings. It’s my lighthearted memoir about my years living in Belgium. I went to Europe for a one-week vacation and met and fell in love with a local and stayed for 12 years! See, I’m impulsive, too, and that keeps my life interesting. I’m also working on a sequel about moving back to America and re-acclimating, which was harder than I thought it would be!

Besides writing, I also love traveling. I’m a native New Englander and my mysteries combine my love of Europe and New England, with each book having a European connection. I’ve created the fictional town of Indian Cove, but if you look closely, you might recognize it as Milford, Connecticut. I hope you’ll follow the links to buy the books or join me on my author page on Facebook.So happy reading and I would love to hear from you!

AUTHOR: Elaine Macko


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Elaine Macko is a transplanted New Englander living in California. From a very young age, she possessed an over-active imagination finding intrigue and mayhem in everyday situations, often with hilarious results.

 In the 1980s bored with life in general, Elaine signed up for a six-day vacation to London and Brussels in the dead of winter, and found time to meet and fall in love with a local Belgian man and extended her trip to last 12 years. While living abroad Elaine became a board member of a charitable organization and taught Mexican cooking classes to the expatriate community. With a love of writing always lingering on the back burner, Elaine decided to try her hand writing a mystery and after several months, completed a draft of her first book, Armed, and moved on to six other books in the series.

Elaine never forgot her New England roots and centers her books in the fictional town of Indian Cove, Connecticut. Each book includes a European connection bringing together her love of both places.

 An active member of Sisters in Crime, Elaine takes comfort in knowing that there are many others like her out there spending all their free time trying to come up with inventive ways to kill people.


Honeymoon in Europe. Check. Hunky husband. Check. Dead Body. Wait…What?

With her wedding over and the words I do just a memory, Alex Harris, now van der Burg, boards a plane with her new husband, John, bound for Brussels. Along for the ride are her sister, Samantha, and dentist brother-in-law Michael. Having your sibling along on your honeymoon might sound strange but when the body of a young woman is found, Alex is glad her sister is along to keep her company while John is off helping the Belgian detective in charge of the crime. Alex and Sam find themselves alone in a foreign country with nothing better to do than sightsee and shop. Of course, Alex can’t leave the murder alone and starts interrogating suspects. But when another body turns up her sister thinks she should leave it to the police. With John in a funk because he thinks his good friend is a killer, Michael single-handedly trying to convert the Belgian population into floss users, and Sam trying to figure out how to get all her purchases across the Atlantic without incurring the national debt, it’s up to Alex to solve the crime. And when she finally figures out who the culprit is, she ignores all common sense and walks straight into the lion’s den. Join the cast as they traipse across Belgium eating chocolate and croissants and finding that there are more sinister things to occupy one’s time than visiting museums and haunted castles. 




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