I’m Bill Mize and I write mysteries.
I have a degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, which makes me highly qualified to work in any coffee house in the United States.
At various times in my life I’ve been a draftsman, a bookseller, ran San Francisco’s largest answering service, a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force, a Certified Life Coach and a Consultant for a Fortune 500 firm.
These days, I’m a husband and step-dad. I balance my time between work and play by going to Star Trek conventions, playing table top role playing games with my friends, and watching the latest comic book movie from Marvel or DC.
When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.
My first novel, “Resurrection Angel”, featuring psychic Denton Ward and his girlfriend, Private Investigator Monty Crocetti was a finalist in the St. Martin’s Press Best First Novel contest and also a finalist for the Private Eye Writers of America’s Shamus Award for Best First Novel.
That must mean they’re pretty good.
Books on writing that I love, love, love, can be found right here.
Right now, I’m working on a new series and I am loving every minute of it.
If you are a fan of mystery, sci-fi, romance, comedy, and/or adventure – READ THIS BOOK!!! I won’t discuss the story line (buy the book!), but I will say that for a Florida girl I enjoyed the fact that the story takes place in the Tampa Bay area. The characters are out of the norm, yet still very loveable and anyone can relate to one of them. The story reads well – the flow of words is smooth, making it an easy read. The plot itself does keep you wondering throughout the book (that’s why it’s a mystery). It has a taste of sci-fi, but not too much to get in the way of the story.
Lisa Rappaport had it all–a popular boyfriend, a wealthy father, and a sudden and unexplained case of amnesia.
A late-night phone call brings psychic Denton Ward and his girlfriend, Private Investigator Monty Crocetti to her bedside.
A hypnosis session brings to light a possible cause for her memory loss–alien abduction.
Finalist: St Martin’s Press Best First Mystery Novel
Finalist: The Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for Best First Novel of the Year
Everlasting Life looks as though it’s trying to ride on the coattails of a current tide of sappy vampire novels. To classify it as such a thing is a disservice to the story. This is a seedy gumshoe tale with a veneer of vampirism. Except it’s not wholly seedy, either. The writing style of this novel embraces the classic detective story, but Monty is no classic detective. She’s not even a classy detective– she’s punk, she’s a recovering addict and she’s bloody brilliant.
St. Petersburg, Florida — Home of the newly wed and nearly dead, so the joke goes. But what about the undead?
Private Investigator Monty Crocetti is reunited with a long lost recovery partner, but that reunion is cut tragically short when her friend is brutally killed right before her very eyes, by a beast who slaughters by biting the throat of his victim.
Five bullets from Monty’s .357 do no damage whatsoever, and the murderer escapes by jumping out a third story apartment window.
The killer survives, and those around him vow to hunt down Monty, Denton or anyone else who dares investigate their secret underground world.
To keep in touch with my readers, viewers and fans, I write the occasional newsletter.
It’s the nicest and easiest way for me to reach out directly to you, and talk to you and let you know what’s on my mind, and what the hell’s going on in my life, if you’re curious.
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