Monday, August 7, 2017

Who is Alexander Steele?














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Who is Alexander Steele?

Alexander Steele is a fictitious, street savvy, African American detective who grew up on the rough streets of Philly. Forget everything you know about gritty, skirt cashing, chain-smoking, broke detectives, of the past. Steele (as his friends like to call him) is a unique breed of detective. When he's in the danger zone Steele fly’s solo but behind the scenes, he often relies on the computer expertise of his best friend/hacker Stan. With Stan’s assistance, Steele has solved dozens of cases from Montreal to Mexico.

After years of car chases and matching wits, bullets and verbal jabs with drug kingpins, murderers, and terrorist the thirty-something private investigator is being prodded by his longtime girlfriend to "get out of the business before its too late."

As difficult as it has been the handsome P.I. has stayed true to his choice of committing to a monogamous relationship with interior decorator Shakia. In an attempt trade in his lifestyle of danger for a profession with a much lower causality rate, Steele opened a posh member’s only club in the Mt. Airy section of Philly. It was an unusual choice for a man who doesn't drink or smoke. Steele’s quirky, hefty; childhood friend Sugar Bear is the club manager. Sugar Bear competence as manager has never been an issue but his attraction to astrology and conspiracy theories often annoys Steele.

Shakia’s relief has quickly turned to frustration because the back booth at Steele’s popular club has turned into his new base of operation. Steele is approached by a never-ending stream of potential murder mysteries clients, some too good to pass up. It becomes apparent that his reputation will not die as quickly as the enemies he has put in the local cemeteries. 


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The author presents three short stories of fictional private detective Alexander Steele. The predominant setting for most of these stories is the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding area.
"Legacy of Death"
On a hot, muggy night in Philly, a couple was brutally murdered on an isolated rooftop. According to rumors, the couple stashed a small fortune in gold that was never recovered. Twenty years later after new clues and another body surfaces, Alexander Steele is hired to solve this cold case.


     From the Author


I grew up watching movies like Shaft, The Mack, and Three the Hard Way.  As much as I enjoyed seeing these strong men of color on the big screen I wanted more. About ten years ago I created Alexander Steele, a streetwise African American detective born and raised in Philly. Can a successful PI have a monogamous relationship? Can he still hang with childhood friends while solving dangerous cases? Does he have to have vices like alcohol, drugs or cigarettes to be considered cool?  I think the answer may surprise you. 

You would be mistaken if you classified these stories as for African Americans only. Alexander Steele has been described as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and James Bond. If you love a good mystery I suggest that you give this series a look or should I say a listen. The Alexander Steele Murder Mystery Series is now on Audio Books.   




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I grew up watching movies like Shaft, The Mack, and Three the Hard Way.  As much as I enjoyed seeing these strong men and women of color on the big screen I wanted more. About ten years ago I created Alexander Steele, a streetwise African American detective born and raised in Philly. Can a successful PI have a monogamous relationship? Can he still hang with childhood friends while solving dangerous cases? Does he have to have vices like alcohol, drugs or cigarettes to be considered cool?  I think the answer may surprise you. 
You would be mistaken if you classified these stories as for African Americans only. Alexander Steele has been described as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and James Bond. If you love a good mystery I suggest that you give this series a look or should I say a listen. The Alexander Steele Murder Mystery Series is now on Audio Books.   
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Excerpt from Death on the Delaware

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Stan punched up a photo of a beautiful dark haired woman.  “My money's on her, Alexis the congressman’s ex-girlfriend.  Trust me on this Steele; I got plenty of experience with her type.  Vindictive as hell and will stop at nothing to get back at you.  Don’t waste your time on those others, that broad did it.  I bet he promised to divorce his wife and marry her.  Look at that face; it’s got guilty written all over it.”

Steele couldn’t control himself.  He laughed so hard he nearly fell off the couch.  “Hey man, you got some serious issues.  You need to get some help.”




“The only suspect with a solid alibi is the congressman’s wife, Megan.  As for motive, each and every one of them has a motive that’s what has me stumped.  Toxic Tim was getting closer to reconciling with his ex-wife when the sweet talking congressman swooped in and swept her off her feet.  At that point, Tim’s hopes of getting back together with his ex-went up in smoke.  Megan may have an alibi, but a two million dollar life insurance policy could be enough motivation to get doctor feel good to do her dirty work.  Let’s not forget about Congressman Holloway’s ex Alexis.  With the Congressman’s clout, she was on the fast track to becoming one of Philly’s youngest millionaires. Not only did he cut her loose forcing her to drop out of the race for DA she was forced to downsize her practice after they broke up.  You know what they say about a woman scorned.”

Stan sat on the bar stool sipping his coffee.  “So where does Naomi’s boyfriend fit in all of this?”  

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Deadly Gamble





Sunday morning, while most of the city’s 1.5 million residents were still asleep Steele was up and about.  He needed to clear his head, so he went for a jog on Kelly Drive.  Steele had this nagging feeling that he had overlooked some important detail of the case.  After jogging from under the Strawberry Mansion Bridge to the bleachers near Boathouse Row, Steele took a seat and stared at the lone sculler as he rowed past. 

Mrs. Matthews’s funeral was tomorrow; the mansion would be empty.  Steele called Tara and made arrangements to search the suspects’ rooms while they were out.  He needed more information and hoped this would be the perfect opportunity to get it.  His thoughts were interrupted by footsteps coming from behind the bleachers.  Steele reached for the small gun in his ankle holster...


Monday, June 5, 2017

Excerpt from The Deadly Gamble




"Tara’s hopeful look turned to one of bitterness.  She scoffed and briefly looked at the sky before answering the questions.

“My aunt was a slutty, gold-digging, whore.  She never gave a damn about my Uncle, and she certainly didn't love him.”  Steele waited for an answer to his first question.  When it became obvious that Tara wasn't about to give one without some prodding Steele looked at Tara and waited patiently until she reluctantly continued. 

“Come on Steele; you owe me.  I saved your life in the Bahamas” Steele waved his hand.  “Whoa, I've already decided to take the case, but I need you to be straight with me baby girl.  I need to know what the hell I'm getting myself into.”


Tara explained how two years ago her Uncle Kevin caught his wife in bed with another man.  He shot the man, but he survived.  The incident was covered up.  "It’s a small township; my uncle donates heavily to a lot of local organizations including the homeless shelter and the Police and Firefighters Fund.  It took a little persuading and a lot of cash for my aunt’s lover not to press charges.  The revised story was that he was a house guest that wandered into the dimly lit bedroom and that Uncle Kevin though he was a bugler.   After the shooting, he vowed to kill her if he ever caught her with another man."

Thursday, June 1, 2017

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