Novels by Vincent H. O'Neil

Mystery, Horror, and Science Fiction

Blogs From Exile

My latest mystery is part of a fantastic new anthology

October 19, 2017

Tags: murder, mystery, murder mystery, Agatha Christie, cozy, cozy mystery, culinary, cooking

I'm very pleased to announce the release of Happy Homicides 6: Cookin' Up Crime, which is an anthology containing 15 stories from different mystery authors--including me!

The theme for this anthology is culinary, and my short story "Silent Harmonies" tells the tale of a small town, a drug gang, and rival food trucks.

This is a " (more…)

Harlequin has released DEATH TROUPE in paperback!

March 1, 2013

Tags: murder mystery, drama, suspense, thriller, play, theater, directing, acting, writing, play-writing, creative process, inspiration, motivation, Adirondack

Harlequin just released my theater-themed murder mystery DEATH TROUPE in paperback, and they did a fantastic job. They already published paperback versions of all four of the Frank Cole mysteries, and I've loved the cover art they've developed for every one of them, but they outdid themselves with DEATH TROUPE.

Although DEATH TROUPE is (more…)

The Best Review I've Ever Received

May 5, 2011

Tags: Libby Cudmore, murder mystery, theater, art, writing, acting, directing, Adirondack

Libby Cudmore, a marvelous new writer from the noir side of the mystery world, just gave my new book DEATH TROUPE the greatest review. I'm practically speechless, so here it is:


Death Troupe is a mystery novel for writers. It's about writing. It's about the struggles of writing and what being a writer does (more…)

Research and Writing: Itís not just the facts after all

October 6, 2010

Tags: research, theater, acting, directing, murder mystery, writing

Iíve been writing in various genres for some time now, but only recently came to appreciate the link between research and inspiration. Yes, I know; it was probably always there, but I hadnít really given it much thought until just a few years ago.

Like so many former students, somewhere I got (more…)

Motivating Your Murderer

September 28, 2010

Tags: murder, mystery, murder mystery, plot, writing, motive, motivation

One of the great things about writing murder mysteries is the opportunity to imagine the mind of the villain. After all, no matter how many times we say weíd like to kill someone in real life, most of us thankfully arenít ever going to get closer to the mindset of an actual (more…)

Because (some of) you asked for it . . .

September 19, 2010

Tags: ebook, Florida, murder mystery, Frank Cole, beach read, new series

I'm very pleased to announce the release of a paperback version of the newest Frank Cole mystery novel, CONTEST OF WILLS. I had originally planned to keep CONTEST OF WILLS as just an ebook, but received enough feedback from fans of the series that it is now out in paperback.

When we last saw (more…)

Mystery Novelist Finds New Venue with Electronic Books

September 8, 2010

Tags: ebooks, murder mystery, Florida, author

Not long ago, the only places to find out-of-print books were rare book stores and libraries. Luckily, thatís no longer the case.

With the growing popularity of electronic books (e-books) and the increasing number of venues that support them, many out-of-print books have found a new life. More and more authors have discovered (more…)

Just released Ė the new Frank Cole mystery, Contest of Wills

September 2, 2010

Tags: new release, mystery series, Florida, murder mystery

Hey gang,

Iím very pleased to announce that the new Frank Cole mystery, CONTEST OF WILLS, is now available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook (No Kindle? No problem; you can read this book on just about any device, from your PC to your Blackberry, using the free downloads available on the same (more…)

Who should play the characters in the "Exile" series?

November 11, 2009

Tags: Florida, mystery, murder, murder mystery, novel, amateur sleuth

Marshal Zeringue runs a great series of book-related websites, and he recently asked me to write an article about who should play the characters in my "Exile" mystery series for his "My Book-The Movie":

A pair of book reviews first prompted me to think about the possible casting of my "Exile" mystery novels. Both (more…)

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