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frameCritiquing another writer can be murder.

From its lurid, over-the-top prologue to its quirky addendum, Frame Shop is a mystery thriller filled with violence, humor, and occasional writing advice.

Harold J. Ackerman thinks his latest cat mystery proves he is the best writer in the Pleasant Meadows Writers’ Guild and Critiquing Society, not that the motley assortment of poets, poseurs, and wannabe writers in the PMWGCS provides much competition. But then Gantry Ellis, the NYT best-selling author of the Danger McAdams mystery thrillers, joins the group and wows everyone. Still, Harold hopes to leverage his connection to the famous author into a big break, agreeing to help his mentor with some crime research between contentious critique sessions. Soon, though, his efforts lead to murder … and then more murder.

Frame Shop delivers fun, intrigue, and variety to its readers, whether they are long-time mystery fans or aspiring writers attracted by its writers’ group setting.

The Frame Shop is available on Kindle, Nook, in print and on the author’s website.


Says B.R. Robb, author of both River Ghosts and An Assassinated Man: “Well now – that was a whole lot of fun! Don Bingle’s Frame Shop is a book every reader needs now and then, like the tasty dessert of an easy-reading yet intelligent serio-comedy after forcing down the dry, heavy tome we were supposed to like.”


Best known as the world’s top-ranked player of classic role-playing game tournaments for about fifteen years, Donald J. Bingle is now an oft-published author of books (Net Impact; GREENSWORD; Forced Conversion), novellas, and shorter stories in the mystery, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk, romance, comedy, and memoir genres, as well as a frequent panelist and author of articles on writing and writers’ groups. He is a full member of the International Thriller Writers, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, GenCon Writer’s Symposium, Origins Game Fair Library, and St. Charles Writers Group.