Mar Preston - authot of No Dice, Rip-Off and Payback murder mysteriesWelcome

Mar Preston

Thank you for your interest in my books. Writing crime fiction gives me great pleasure. Check out my Santa Monica series featuring Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department.

I  write a second series set in Sierra Mountain Village featuring Detective Dex Stafford of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. The setting bears a resemblance to the colorful mountain village in California where I live. But, I assure you, only nice people live here and no one can remember the last murder, except in the pages of Payback. The second title in the series is called The Most Dangerous Species.


Writing Your First Mystery: A step-by-step guide to constructing your first mystery by bestselling crime fiction author Mar Preston.

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August Give-Away

I’d love to present two free copies of The Most Dangerous Species to readers who sign up for my mailing list this month. Please go to the Contact Page to send me your email address. I can’t imagine a situation in which I’d give your email address to anyone else!


Recent Articles


  • Why Bother Writing Anything?
  • It’s all too easy to fall into the “Why bother?” trap?  There you can have a good wallow in self-doubt, even worse, self-pity. It’s the best time in human history to be a writer aiming for publication.  It’s also the … READ MORE »

  • The In Between Books Stuck Place
  • I’ve got a novel with an editor and an EBook on writing suspense in the pipeline, waiting for publication. It’s an uncomfortable place, jammed up in a bottleneck. Both these projects took a longer time than when I started writing.  … READ MORE »

  • Snappy Dialogue
  • Thought I’d excerpt a  passage from my new EBook in the “Writing Your First Mystery” series, just to let the crime fiction world know I’m still out there beavering away. Keeping Tension Snapping in Your Dialogue If you have trouble … READ MORE »

  • Memoir Becomes Fiction
  • I live in a California mountain village with an unusual number of creative people. We’re close enough to the Los Angeles sprawl that “Industry” people can commute to auditions and jobs. The arts scene thrives here with two community theater … READ MORE »

  • My Ideal Writing Place
  • Imagine if you were given permission to buy whatever you liked on Arhaus, a home and outdoor site? Please note this is only an imaginary shopping experience. Sigh. Writers need a good desk or writing surface. Good lighting and a … READ MORE »