She hails from the
Midwest, Chicago exactly, where she's lived most of her life. As for
what she does for a living? In her own words: "It's a bit
unremarkable. I'm an office manager for a small company in the town
where I live. A lesbian version of Walter Middy! I file by day. By
night, I write romantic, passionate love stories and murder
mysteries.. Go figure!
What I like most about the
obscurity of my job, is.. Well it's obscure. Oh, and it pays the
bills.. It also gives me plenty of time to pursue my passion for
writing. Two years ago my boss gave me an old computer. I hooked it
up and sat there for about two minutes staring at the blank screen,
then it started. All the stories, all the adventures that were locked
in my scrambled brain since I was a kid came flowing out. I had
sprung a leak and I've been happily leaking ever since. Well, you
know what I mean."
Fascinated by the power of
the written word, Kate Sweeney has finally put her imagination on
paper. Owing her love of reading to her mother, the author admits,
"She was constantly reading to us, whether it was a short story by O.
Henry or the gossip column from the Chicago Tribune. It mattered
little, she had a way of making a grocery list seem full of
Email Kate Sweeney:
Book One: Kate Ryan
Winner of the 2007 GCLS Literary Award for
Kate Ryan is a middle-aged, accident prone, ex-private investigator. Emphasis on 'ex' as she and her partner gave up their profession after their last case nearly cost both of them, their lives. They wisely decided to limp away with whatever dignity and body parts they had left. Unfortunately, Kate will forever carry the scar to remind her of her folly that nearly took her life and plagues her heart and soul. Vowing never again to let her emotions rule her reason, Kate decides to go back to her first love, free-lance photography. For the next few years, she exists alone in - "My emotionally detached loop," as Kate proudly calls it. Then all hell breaks loose and Kate drops a loop.
Enter young Dr. Maggie Winfield and her adorable Aunt Martha. Kate literally stumbles into their lives one autumn morning and becomes an unwitting participant in their tangled web. Clues unravel in their small little hamlet and old secrets are sadly revealed. Kate's long forgotten instincts now compel her to untangle this web of deceit. In the midst of all this murder and mayhem, the detached photographer finds herself in a position she never thought she would be in again. It seems the feisty Dr. Winfield is having an unexpected, yet pleasant effect on her. The elusive Kate combines forces with the sarcastic Maggie, as they become the nucleus for this ongoing series.
A Nice Clean Murder
Book Two: Kate Ryan Series
Release Date: December 2006
A Nice Clean Murder,
the second in the Kate Ryan Mysteries series, finds Kate’s
brother-in-law, Mac, heir to a small family estate in the wild
west of Ireland; bequeathed to him by an uncle he barely knew.
Kate finds this a little suspicious, but as her family, she too
is excited about Mac’s inheritance.
When a young Irishman collapses on Kate’s doorstep, her
suspicions are justified. She is now sure that Mac’s
Uncle Brian did not ‘accidentally fall off the cliff’ as
reported. So, she agrees to accompany Mac and Teri on
their trip across the Atlantic.
timing too, since things between Kate and Dr. Maggie
Winfield are a little tense—it seems the elusive Kate is
still chasing her demons.
Join Kate Ryan and her family on a historic, merry romp
of murder and betrayal along the romantic, rugged coast
of the Emerald Isle.
Away From The Dawn
Haunted by her immortality, Sebastian
wandered Europe for five centuries in search of her
lost humanity. Her quest – to find a way to live among
the mortals. The search seemed futile, until she meets
the brilliant, Dr. Alex Taylor. Sebastian reluctantly
joins forces with this woman, this mortal who could be
Sebastian’s quest now causes an
upheaval in the hierarchy, and the vampire community
is in jeopardy for the first time in over a thousand
years. Ancient ways are challenged, and the battle for
supremacy among the hierarchy begins.
Enter Leigh, Sebastian’s lover and
companion through the centuries. Will she be
Sebastian’s comrade or nemesis?
Will Leigh aide Sebastian in her quest,
or hold Sebastian away from the dawn.
The Trouble With Murder
Book Three: Kate Ryan
By Kate Sweeney
Release Date: January 2008
Golden Crown Award Winner - Mystery
After a three-week photo
assignment chasing wild mustangs in the heat of South
Dakota, Kate Ryan wants nothing more than a quiet week
at her log cabin in the woods. She decides it should
be "girls only" and invites her sister Teri, Aunt
Hannah, and Maggie.
Her nice quiet week turns out to be anything but. The
trouble is, Maggie brings a friend along, and Kate is
more reluctant to acknowledge any feelings she might
have for Maggie. However, Kate finds a champion in
Aunt Hannah, who is determined to see her sarcastic
niece and the elusive Kate together at last.
Yet, something more troublesome is happening on the
lake: a violent storm that leaves them isolated; a
body washes up on the beach; too many suspects and no
way out - that's the trouble with murder.
2008 Golden Crown Award Winner - Speculative
Two young women are found
dead on the Chicago lakefront in as many weeks, each
murdered in the same fashion. Detective Sergeant
Grayson MacCarthaigh is at her wit’s end trying to
solve the grisly mess before the murderer claims
Her only common thread is Dr. Neala Rourke, the
curator of the famous National Museum in Dublin,
Ireland. She is in Chicago with her archaeological
exhibit at the Field Museum, which suspiciously
coincides with the two murders.
With a strange and eerie turn of events, things start
unraveling. Grayson now is compelled to return to her
birthplace and follows Dr. Rourke back to Ireland
where ancient Celtic beliefs and mythology are thrown
into the mix, turning the detective’s logical world
However, one fact remains for the determined Detective
MacCarthaigh: Someone killed those two women and
whether real or mythological—he or she will kill
The O'Malley Legacy
Release Date: August 2008
Travel through history with the
O’Malley women—from the 14th century and Brigid
O’Malley, the Irish Barbarian, to the 1820s and sail
the Jamaica Winds with Quinlan Stoddard, and finally
to Shawn Riordan, fighting for her love and country
during the weeks before the invasion of Normandy in
Though vastly different in time and generations, the
fiercely loyal, independent blood that courses through
their veins connects these women. Each a warrior in
her own right, three women struggle to find their
rightful place in the world in which they live.
Strengthened by the spirit of all the O’Malley women
who walked the earth before them, they battle
tenaciously for family; they fight passionately for
love—they are the O’Malley.
be Dead for Christmas
Book Four in the Kate Ryan Series
by Kate Sweeney
Release Date January 2009
A week before
Christmas, Kate Ryan moves back into her old neighborhood on the
North side of Chicago. Back where she started and ended her P.I.
business. Kate purchases a renovated brownstone and she gets it for
a song. When Kate finds out that the former tenant, a scientist, was
murdered in the kitchen, she understands why she got it so cheap.
Is it a coincidence
the dead doctor worked at University Hospital with Maggie? When Kate
accidentally discovers a journal from the murdered scientist in the
brick wall of her fireplace, she realizes it is not.
All of the sudden,
scientists are dropping like flies. Something very dark and
dangerous is happening at University Hospital. Kate now fears for
Maggie's safety all the while wondering who’ll be dead for
by Kate Sweeney
Release Date July 2009
With the serum now in her bloodstream, Dr.
Alex Taylor must find a suitable laboratory to continue her work
to help the woman—well, vampire—she loves, Sebastian. Together
they travel to
where Sebastian hopes her old, old, friend, the flamboyant vamp
Gaylen Prescott will assist them. All the while, they try to
keep one step ahead of Nicholae, the elder in the hierarchy, who
wants Sebastian destroyed.
They find themselves
deep in the catacombs of
London and to Kendra, a sultry
vamp who knew Sebastian quite well a century before, too well
for Alex. Kendra is conducting similar experiments of her own.
Alex becomes a reluctant comrade to this sexy
vampire, and together they find a way for Sebastian and her
world to survive the dawn.
Winds of Heaven
by Kate Sweeney
Release Date September 2009
After the untimely death of a former lover, Casey Bennet
receives a letter from Julie’s lawyer, begging Casey to help
Julie’s partner, Liz Kennedy, and their adorable, yet precocious
three-year old, Skye, who are now alone.
An avowed bachelorette, Casey has no idea what’s in store when
she grudgingly agrees to help Liz, who, by the way, is also
pregnant and due in four months.
Casey, Liz, and little Skye find themselves
in for a hilarious, tender ride that will change their lives
Course It's Murder
Book Five: Kate Ryan
By Kate Sweeney
Release Date: January 2010
Kate Ryan is sent to New England
on a photo assignment. Seems her editor’s ex-cousin, the hapless
flamboyant Simon Merriweather needs photos of his new inn for
the local travel guide. It was to be a nice quiet week of
reflection for Kate. What could go wrong?
Enter Kit Parker, Emily Masterson, and Rebecca Townsend.
Newport, Rhode Island’s
old, very old money... The irresistibly delightful elderly
friends of Simon arrive for the grand opening. All hell breaks
loose one stormy night and what happens?
Of course... It's murder!
Sea Of Grass
by Kate Sweeney
Date May 2010
Professor Tess Rawlins spent the last twelve
years teaching agriculture in California,
away from Montana and her heart.
When she’s called back to the sprawling Double R cattle ranch
and her ailing father, Tess is thrown back into the world she
had nearly forgotten since the death of her brother two years
Unsettling memories boil to the surface for
Tess, and her only pleasant distraction is the new cook Claire
Redman and her son Jack. However, there is more facing Professor
Rawlins than dealing with the memory of her brother or her
attraction to Claire. Tess must figure a way to save the
Rawlins’s five thousand acres of rich grassland. It has thrived
for five generations, when her great-grandfather started the
dynasty in the 1880s; now she may lose it all to an unscrupulous
Set in the foothills of the Bitterroots, Tess
and Claire find themselves in the fight of their lives—for love
and the sea of grass.
by Kate Sweeney
Release Date: October 2010
In the sequel to
Residual Moon, Grayson
MacCarthaigh stays in Ireland,
struggling with her destiny as the true descendant chosen to
protect the ancient power of the fabled Tuatha De Danann. Her
logical world is now replaced with Celtic legends and myths,
goddesses, and immortals.
As Grayson comes to grips with all this,
someone or something is doing his or her best to see that she
fails in her role of protector of the ancients. Is it her new
archenemy, Phelan Tynan the ancient wizard, or Elinora, the
beautiful but enigmatic immortal sent to help Grayson? And what
of Sister Gabriel, the cloistered nun who suddenly appears at
Grayson soon realizes everyone has something
to hide. Mendacity runs amok at St. Brigid’s Monastery, but all
will be revealed under the Liar’s Moon.
What Happened In Malinmore
by Kate Sweeney
Release Date: January 2011
Kate Ryan has no idea who Maureen Costello is
or why she flew all the way from Ireland to confront Kate about
the death of Maureen’s lover, Dr. Rose Clancy—someone else Kate
Suddenly, Kate, Maggie, and an exuberant Aunt
Hannah are flying across the Atlantic back to Ireland with the
irritating and hot-tempered Irish police inspector to answer a
couple of questions: Was Dr. Clancy’s tumble down the stairs an
accident, and why did she have a note clutched in her hand with
Kate Ryan’s name on it?
Once again, Kate Ryan is tossed into a
convoluted mess as she tries to figure out just what happened in
by Kate Sweeney
Release Date: April 2011 Ebook Only
Genevieve Gastineau is a reporter for a
newspaper in a small town in Wyoming. With its circulation
dwindling, Genevieve is desperate for a good story. When she
hears about a reclusive mountain woman, she realizes her chance.
Graham Sheridan needs her seclusion for a
multitude of reasons, none of which she wants to impart on the
intrusive, tenacious reporter.
Was it fate that bought them together or
by Kate Sweeney
Release Date: June 2011
Sebastian leaves Tatiana’s book in Ireland,
safely in the hands of Grayson MacCarthaigh, and the Irish
historian, Corky Kerrigan who will translate the ancient Celtic
writings. She returns to England and Alex, the woman she loves,
who still carries the serum in her veins that will allow
Sebastian and other vampires to walk in the light of day.
Their reunion though passionate
and loving, is short-lived. What happens next will bring Alex to
the limit of her sanity, and resolve.
With her humanity on the line,
what lengths will she go for the vampire she loves? And will it
be enough or will it all come to an end before the dawn?
Love At Last
by Kate Sweeney
Release Date: October 2011
At forty-nine, Alana Sanders was at the stage
where life should be easier. She had put her artistic passion on
hold when she married, raised two children, and kept a happy
Now that the kids are grown and out of the
house, it’s Alana’s time at last. However, she and her husband
find themselves faced with a new and sad dilemma—figuring out
who the stranger is who sits across the dining room table. The
questions and doubt begin when Alana retraces the decisions she
has made that brought her to this point.
As her life unravels around her, she meets
Toni O’Hara, a Chicago fire inspector. Through her humor and
compassion, Toni helps Alana come to terms with her life, her
culpability in her failed marriage, and the most wonderful
realization of all—love, at last.
A Near Myth Murder
by Kate Sweeney
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The 7th book in the Kate Ryan
Kate Ryan tests her sanity when she decides
to reopen her private investigation business, which she turned
away from nearly six years before. In the midst of this, Kate’s
old friend and college roommate Jan Cummings dies while on a
hiking trip with her sorority sisters. With unusual
circumstances surrounding the accident, it becomes the first
case for Ryan, Costello,
and Winfield Investigations. Yes, Maggie’s adorable aunt,
Hannah Winfield, is a partner—hence the test of Kate’s sanity.
Reluctantly—very reluctantly—Kate travels to her reunion at
Hillcrest College, nestled in the peaceful
woods of northern Michigan, in hopes of finding out what
happened to Jan. The weekend proves to be anything but peaceful
for Kate as she unravels the secret of the ivy-covered walls of
her alma mater.
When Rae Jefferson retired from the Navy, all
she wanted was a normal life, to leave the clandestine intrigue
of naval intelligence behind her, and perhaps someday find love.
She knew she had asked for too much after she meets a grad
student from Northwestern University one night at a local club.
When the police find the young woman in the Chicago River
several days later with Rae’s business card in her pocket, it
naturally makes Rae a prime suspect—so much for love.
Enter Sarah Connelly, a professor at
Northwestern University. She lives the “normal life”—teaching
with comfortable tenure, and like Rae, hoping someday she’ll
find love. She meets the retired naval commander whom she finds
very attractive and wonderfully intriguing, and hope springs
Nothing like this
ever happens to Professor Connelly. But murder
and love? Her brain
says, “Run like the wind,” but her heart says something