Janyce Stefan-Cole is the author of two novels, THE DETECTIVE'S GARDEN and HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD (Unbridled Books). Short fiction, essay, review or interview have appeared in: The Adirondack Review, Sandstorm Journal of Arts and Lettters, Rattapallax, The Broadkill Review, The Laurel Review, Pank, Fiction Writers Review, The Open Space Issue 21: Things That Matter. A story, "Conversation With a Tree", won the Eco-lit prize Knock Magazine and was re-published in the anthology, Being Human: Call of the Wild, Editions Bibliotekos. Other publications: the anthology, The Healing Muse: Journal of Literary & Visual Arts, SUNY Upstate Medical University Center for Bioethics and Humanities, American Book Review, and the Boston Globe bestselling anthology, Dick For A Day, Villard Books. Visiting novelist, Texas University The Permian Basin.
The Detective's Garden: A Love Story and Meditation on Murderr
“It seemed to Emil that all gain in life was measured by loss.” Brooklyn, 1995: hipsters have arrived, developers smell blood and a housing bubble threatens to turn a sleepy semi-industrial waterfront into towers of glass and steel. Ex homicide Detective Emil Milosec figures he’ll be untroubled in his lush garden, alone with his pension and his memories. But a grim discovery in the pepper patch one hot June morning leads him down a path that disrupts those memories, suggesting his late wife, the Trieste beauty Elena Morandi, was not who he thought she was when he found her all those years ago in post-war Slovenia.
A heat wave, a gun, a smattering of science and a bit of Shakespeare, a half forgotten murder, and the nagging twists of Old Testament morality yield The Detective’s Garden, an urban tangle, both noirish and contemplative.
Press and Media Mentions
- • “Stefan-Cole has produced a parable that's less a detective story than a story about a detective—dreamlike, ruminative, and filled with questions impossible to answer." Kirkus Reviews • “The Detective’s Garden is an engrossing journey into one man’s heart.” –Foreword Reviews • “Crime fans can delight in mulling over all the angles with Emil as the plot spirals toward a truly surprising revelation.” -Publishers Weekly
- RedCube Productions Short: Hollywood Boulevard, featuring Mark Boone Junior and Susan Jeimes