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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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May 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


  • The Best Thing I Ever Wrote by Mar Preston
  • So far it’s the series of short eBooks on “Writing Your First Mystery.” These five eBook primers on the architecture of the mystery novel are close to the best thing I’ve written. Partly because they seem to reach out to … READ MORE »

  • Escaping Winter
  • I’m escaping winter in my California mountain village. So I’m looking for a furnished rental place of some kind in Ventura, California. It’s not so easy because I want to bring my two cats along. Landlords have had bad experiences, … READ MORE »

  • Life Without My Dog
  • My beloved companion dog, Lily, died a week ago now. Over last weekend, I cried so hard for her I made myself sick. That phase of grieving has passed. Most of us have lost a pet, so I can write … READ MORE »

  • Writing Without a Dog
  • I no longer have to look behind me before I move my writing chair, because my life companion, my dog Lily, died on Friday. Most of us with a human heart know what it is to love an animal, and … READ MORE »

  • The Swag From A Writers Conference
  • A contrast in what I took home from two writers’ conferences I attended recently: the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA) conference in July 2016 in Las Vegas;       And, Bouchercon 2016 the worldwide mystery conference in New Orleans … READ MORE »