Parker Francis, author of the Quint Mitchell mystery series

Welcome to the online home of writer Parker Francis. Parker—that’s me—is the author of the award-winning Quint Mitchell Mystery series which includes MATANZAS BAY, BRING DOWN THE FURIES, and HURRICANE ISLAND. I’ve also penned the short story collection GHOSTLY WHISPERS, SECRET VOICES and the novella BLUE CRABS AT MIDNIGHT. My short story, The Strange Case of Lord Byron’s Lover was originally part of the anthology, THE PROMETHEUS SAGA, and is now included in the GHOSTLY WHISPERS collection.

THE PROMETHEUS SAGA was written and published by a group of talented writers working together as part of  the Alvarium Experiment. They’ve contributed to five themed speculative fiction short story collections. The sixth in the series, THE LIGHT FANTASTIC, unites nine authors charged with bringing laughter, giggles, guffaws, and amusement to the masses amidst speculative twists and turns.

My contribution to THE LIGHT FANTASTIC is a broad comic retelling of Raymond Chandler’s classic hard-boiled Philip Marlowe caper, Farewell, My Lovely. My tale is set in the future and brings together a beautiful multiverse criminal, a heartbroken pizza baron, and a dog named Pepperoni. All in a day’s work in the life of Slip-Sliding government agent Marlon Phillips. Working for a government agency so secret it has no acronym, Phillips tracks the lovely outlaw across multiple dimensions. Will he catch her? And what about poor Pepperoni?

Look for Farewell, My Lovely Slip-Slider coming soon as an Amazon single and then as part of THE LIGHT FANTASTIC on  September 9.

Hurricane Island

Cover of "Hurricane Island," a Quint Mitchell Mystery by Parker Francis

“Hurricane Island will blow you away.”
– Michael Wiley, Shamus Award-winning author of Blue Avenue

If you’ve been holding your breath awaiting the next Quint Mitchell Mystery take a deep breath. Hurricane Island is now available from as both a print and Kindle ebook. Of course, Quint finds himself in read more…

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Join the Launch Party

During our extended stay-at-home time last year I was invited to contribute to the Alvarium Experiment’s newest project, an anthology of humorous speculative fiction entitled THE LIGHT FANTASTIC. Nine talented award-winning authors have contributed ten stories thst tickle the funny bone in varying ways, from light to dark, from slapstick read more…