NICE GIRL, Marcelle Dubé


By Marcelle Dubé

I started out as fantasy and science fiction girl. Heck, I even wrote a novel with elves in it. Okay, so they were warped and disturbing, but they were elves. I wrote a story about crossing over into other worlds, and even one with a secret race of hominids hiding among Homo sapiens.

So how did I end up releasing The Shoeless Kid, my second mystery story with Carina Press?

It boils down to the fact that every story, at its heart, has a mystery, a question that needs answering. Will Charlie be able to keep his enhanced intelligence or will the surgery fail him (Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes)? Will Boss figure out who left the mysterious Destiny ship in deep space or will its deadly technology destroy her and her crew (Diving into the Wreck, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch)? Will the plucky time-travelling historians figure out what went wrong and get back to their drop in time to be rescued (Black Out and All Clear, by Connie Willis)?

Every story asks a question, but in mystery stories, the two most important questions get asked, and hopefully answered: who did it, and why? Answering those questions reassures us that wrongdoing will be punished and that our world will once again be right. Answering those questions gives us deep satisfaction—gives me deep satisfaction, at least!

Why do you read mysteries? Or do you?

I hope you will follow Kate Williams, my heroine in The Shoeless Kid, as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding a missing child. And don’t forget to check out my Carina colleagues who are also releasing books this week: Jennifer Greene’s Sweets to the Sweet and Maureen Miller’s Endless Night.



The shoe appeared on her desk, gently deposited on top of the pile of occurrence reports from the last week.

It was a kid’s high-top—left foot—and it was red and grubby, but not worn.

Kate automatically picked it up, more to keep it from dirtying her paperwork than out of curiosity. It was damp. On the inside of the tongue, in red marker, was written “Josh H.” She flipped the shoe over to look at the underside. A size four. It would fit a…what? A four- or five-year-old?

Bobby MacAllister’s age.

She slowly looked up. Marco Trepalli, youngest and newest member of the Mendenhall police force—and too handsome for his own good—smiled down at her. The morning sun gilded his tanned cheek and added a twinkle to his eye. Kate stifled a sigh. Marco had the makings of a good cop, if he ever learned to get over himself.

Read the first chapter at:



Marcelle Dubé grew up near Montreal but now lives in the Yukon, where people outnumber the carnivores, but not by much. Her short fiction includes science fiction, fantasy and mainstream, and has been featured in magazines and an award-winning anthology. The Shoeless Kid is her second novel with Carina Press. Her first, On Her Trail, was published in May 2010.




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  1. I love the excerpt, Marcelle!

    I am a romance writer and fan, however I still require an element of mystery or suspense to draw me into a book. Reading a mystery allows us to step within the bounds of danger while still remaining safe on our couch.

    Congratulations on the release of Shoeless Kid. Your setting in Manitoba is another factor that draws me in. I can’t wait to read this one.

  2. As a mystery writer and reader, I’d said it’s the puzzle aspect that fascinates me. I like to pick my wits against the characters – and the author!

    Love that excerpt, Marcelle. Shoeless Kid is loaded on my iPad and ready to go. Can’t wait to read it!

  3. Thanks, Maureen. And congratulations to you, too, on the release of Endless Night. I have to admit that I probably wouldn’t be thrilled to actually take part in any of the adventures I write about. I am, at heart, a coward…

  4. Thanks, Shirley! I love the puzzle, too, but it’s always the characters who fascinate me. I always want to see how they are going to work their way out of the life-or-death situation in which they find themselves.

  5. Congratulations on your release, Marcelle! It’s on the Kindle and ready to go for the weekend. I’m still Nancy Drew deep in my heart of hearts, so I love me a good mystery. 🙂

  6. Hi Betsy — thanks! I always loved a good mystery, too, but it surprised me when my stories started veering toward the mysterious. Still, I have to admit I love it!

  7. I cut my teeth on Nancy Drew. Not only did I love working out the puzzle, but also loved Nancy being the one to solve the case. Congratulations on your new release, Marcelle!

  8. It’s always satisfying when wrongdoing is punished, justice is served. I like the puzzle aspects too, but mostly I like hanging out with sleuths. (The quirkier the better.)
    Looking forward to reading The Shoeless Kid. It’s already on my Kobo.

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