About

Illustration by Plunderpuss

Jessica Laine writes contemporary crime fiction and horror with a Latinx twist. Her work has been published in Literary MamaWomen’s Memoir, and The Norwegian American. She has written stories for the crime fiction anthologies Cooked to Death, Murder-A-Go-Go’s, and Pa’ Que Tu Lo Sepas. Jessica is the winner of the 2017 Sisters in Crime Eleanor Taylor Bland award and the 2016 Mystery Writers of America-Midwest Hugh Holton award.


Thanks to BOLO Books for publishing my composite sketch on January 24, 2020.



My short story, “The Sundowner,” is in PA’ QUE TU LO SEPAS, a mystery anthology edited by Angel Luis Colón and published by Down & Out Books. Net proceeds benefit the People of Puerto Rico.

THE SUNDOWNER by Jessica Laine brings the humor, and even had me laughing out loud. Recently fired from her job, Margarita O’Neill spends her evening at The Sundowner bar, and takes an unusual private investigator gig. I can’t say much more, but what I wouldn’t give for an entire series following Margarita and her telenovela loving mother.

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