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While writing the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Pinnacle Peak mystery series (Poisoned Pen Press), Twist Phelan also penned short stories for anthologies and mystery magazines. The tales are collected here, including “A Stab in the Heart”, winner of the Thriller Award for Best Short Story of the Year, and “Time Will Tell”, a BY HOOK OR BY CROOK AND 30 MORE OF THE BEST CRIME AND MYSTERY STORIES OF THE YEAR selection and Ellis Award finalist.

Each of these tales is a gem—sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, always filled with unanticipated twists and reversals. As a trial lawyer, Phelan was known for her ability to weave the evidence into a compelling narrative. Now get ready to experience her story-telling ability on the page.

“An absolute 5-star delight.” – Paul Levine, author of the Jake Lassiter series

“I was absolutely blown away by the title story. It truly is one of the best I’ve ever read.” – Sinclair Browning, author of the Trade Ellis series

Former trial lawyer and Stanford grad Twist Phelan is the author of the critically-acclaimed (Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, Library Journal, Book Sense Notable Pick) Pinnacle Peak mystery series (Poisoned Pen Press). Her short stories have appeared in MWA, Year’s Best, and other anthologies and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and have won or been nominated for the Thriller, Ellis, and Derringer awards. Find out more about Twist and her work at

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