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Michele E. May

Born: 1953 in Indianapolis, IN
Pen Name: M. E. May

Connection to Illinois: I moved to Illinois in April 2003 and have been living in Lake in the Hills, Illinois since that time. I started my career in 2008 and living in the Chicagoland area has put me in touch with a lot of great organizations who serve the mystery genre and have boosted my career.

Biography: Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, M. E. (Michele) May now lives near Chicago with her husband, Paul. She has two children and four grandsons living in central Indiana. While studying Social and Behavioral Sciences at Indiana University, she discovered what sorts of things influence human behavior and found her talent for writing. Michele created the ''Circle City Mystery Series'' to showcase her hometown as well as give her readers great crime thrillers. The first novel in the series, ''Perfidy'' won the 2013 Lovey Award for Best First Novel. The second, ''Inconspicuous'', was nominated for the 2014 Lovey Award for Best Suspense. The third and fourth novels in the series, ''Ensconced'' and ''Purged'' were released in 2014. One of her short stories, “Uncle Vito and the Cheerleader,” is featured in the anthology, ''Hoosier Hoops and Hijinks''.

  • -- 2013 Lovey Award for Best First Novel, ''Perfidy''

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers

Michele E. May on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Ensconced :
ISBN: 1494461919 OCLC: 879670134

Wendy Matherson and her vehicle vanished without a trace ten years ago. Missing Person Detective Tyrone Mayhew and his partner Sergeant Benjamin Jacobs have to sort through years of old evidence and interview persons of interest and witnesses--including Wendy's youngest son whose nightmares about his mother have haunted him for years! As Mayhew discovers information, his family and his life are threatened.

Inconspicuous :
ISBN: 1490484221 OCLC: 879673731

Homicide Detective Erica Barnes leads the investigation into the most brutal serial murders in Indianapolis history that stretches from Wyoming to Indiana! To make matters more difficult, this killer may have changed his appearance. The killer also craves attention and at each crime scene, he involves Barnes in his sick games.

Perfidy /
ISBN: 1494456834 OCLC: 1051133678

"Mandy Stevenson left home for college even as her family was being torn apart by the loss of her brother, an Indianapolis police officer. But now, four years later, it's time to return and face the grief and hardships she left behind. As summer fades, Mandy finds herself in a nightmare when her mother vanishes without a trace. Faced with her father's skepticism, Mandy turns to her godfather, head of the police department's Missing Person Unit, for help. The police investigation quickly uncovers her mother's secret, nefarious lifestyle-a lifestyle that may have cost her mother everything-including her life. Just as these secrets begin to unfold, Mandy's world is again turned upside down by the murder of a dear friend. She soon realizes that his murder may be connected to her mother's disappearance. How much grief from personal loss and duplicity can she bear? Will uncovering the most perfidious betrayal of all turn Mandy's life to bitterness-or end it?"--Amazon.

  Purged /
ISBN: 1500411124 OCLC: 911043028