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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charlene Wexler  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1943 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Wexler grew up on Chicago's South side and graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana. She still resides in Chicago today. Most of her books are set in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Charlene Wexler is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She has worked as a teacher and dental office bookkeeper and as "a wife, mom, and grandmother," she said. In recent years, Wexler's lifelong passion for writing has led her to create numerous essays as well as fiction. Her work has appeared in several publications, including ''North Shore Magazine''; ''the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry's Vision'' magazine; ''Alpha Omegan'' magazine; the book and CD ''Famous Poets of the Heartland: A Treasury of Beloved Family Poems, Talent'' and the ''Gazette'' newspaper of Chicago.Wexler is active with the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, the Authors Marketing Group, the Chicago Writers Association, Children's Memorial Hospital philanthropy, Lungevity (an organization that fights lung cancer), the McHenry Bicycle Club, the Museum of Science and Industry, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Richmond IL Book Club, the Jewish United Fund, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

Published Works

  • Murder On Skid Row, Authorhouse, 2010
  • Milk and Oranges, Central Parks Communications, 2011
  • Lori, Charlene Wexler, 2014
  • Murder Across The Ocean, Charlene Wexler, 2014
  • Elephants in the Room, CreateSpace, 2016

Selected Titles At Your Library

Murder on skid row /
ISBN: 1449073565. OCLC Number:

AuthorHouse,. Bloomington, IN :. ©2010.

Lori /
ISBN: 1500431052. OCLC Number:

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Lori is a woman's story of victory over adversity-a story with tragedies and triumphs to which every reader will be able to relate. It spans thirty years and two continents. -Book cover.

Murder across the ocean /
ISBN: 1500439428. OCLC Number:

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"Seventy-year-old American widow Lori Brill thought she'd have an uneventful vacation in London visiting her granddaughter, Cate. At the airport she ran into Josh, her high-school boyfriend. This resulted in an unexpected night of passion in a London hotel. Lori was all smiles as she stepped out of the shower the next morning, until she saw Josh's bloody corpse lying in the bed. Scotland Yard's inspector Geoffrey Holmes, American FBI agent Jordan Gould, and Lori's granddaughter Cate and Cate's fiance Joseph are among the team on the case. Who killed Josh? Was it Lori? Was it his beautiful girlfriend Suzi? Was it Josh's Chinese financial business backers? Was it British mobsters who kidnapped Lori in an attempt to find Josh's hidden millions? Or was it someone else?"--From publisher description.


Murder on Skid Row

  • International Apex Award of Excellence, Communications Concepts
  • Milk and Oranges

  • International Grand Award, Communications Concepts Apex Awards, 2012
  • Bronze Award, Women's Issues category, eLit
  • Murder Across The Ocean

  • Apex Award

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Wexler will speak to book clubs and charity groups in Illinois and Wisconsin. She can be contacted via