Novels by Vincent H. O'Neil

Mystery, Horror, and Science Fiction

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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…)

DEATH TROUPE gets its first official review!

April 1, 2011

Tags: murder, mystery, theater, acting, directing, playwriting, Adirondack

The Midwest Book Review’s excellent review of DEATH TROUPE:


It's quite annoying when fiction becomes reality. More so when your fiction is murder. "Death Troupe" follows the theatre group known as the Jerome Barron players who have earned the nickname Death Troupe, surrounding their practice of doing murder mystery plays. But when their (more…)

Hearing the Music: How composing a song and composing a story can be almost the exact same thing

February 25, 2011

Tags: composition, composer, theater, director, playwright, music, climax, murder, mystery


In my latest novel Death Troupe, the play’s gruff director Jerome Barron gives some advice to his playwright, main character Jack Glynn:


“Do me a favor, Jack. Get yourself a nice set of headphones and listen to a few classical tunes. Pick something that really hits you, that gets your blood going or (more…)

Getting It Write: When your main character is a writer

February 16, 2011

Tags: writing, playwriting, directing, acting, murder, mystery, Adirondack



In my new novel Death Troupe, the main character is a playwright. Creating such a role was a new experience for me, and I was surprised by how much work it turned out to be. I’ve read many novels in which the protagonist was some kind of writer (Stephen King’s The Shining, (more…)

Murder, Romance, Suspense, and Theater: My new novel Death Troupe

February 11, 2011

Tags: theater, acting, directing, playwriting, Adirondack, murder, romance, mystery

Now available on Amazon:

DEATH TROUPE by Vincent H. O’Neil (394 pages)

The Jerome Barron Players have a problem. Their writer, Ryan Betancourt, has killed himself under mysterious circumstances and they need a replacement right away. The Players, unofficially known as Death Troupe, come together once a year to perform a high-end murder mystery (more…)

Starting your mystery novel can be murder

November 27, 2010

Tags: murder, writing, mystery, opening, plotting, getting started

One of the great things about being an author is that I get to meet so many talented writers, both published and not-yet-published. We ask each other everything under the sun, but one of the most common questions in the mystery genre is how to begin plotting the story. Murder mysteries aren’t like (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 we’d like to kill someone in real life, most of us thankfully aren’t ever going to get closer to the mindset of an actual (more…)

The Mighty Tiny Tim

December 16, 2009

Tags: murder, mystery, short story, Tiny Tim, A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

Originally posted on The Stiletto Gang's website on December 16, 2009:

Recently, I had the good fortune to have two short stories included in anthologies. So when The Stiletto Gang (I have to work that name into one of my mystery novels) offered me the chance to guest blog for them, I decided to try and (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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