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.


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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


  • Finding a New Way to Kill Someone Off
  • Today I am hosting my friend Marilyn Meredith. She is sharing news of her new book, A Cold Death. Be sure to read to the end of this post to enter Marilyn’s contest. When you’ve written as many books as … READ MORE »

  • What Writers Do to Sell a Few Books
  • So I got an invitation to sign books more than one hundred miles away, and a two-and-a-half-hour drive from my mountain top village to coastal California. Specifically, Santa Maria. A bookstore called Bookworm. The trip offers an eyeful of glorious … READ MORE »

  • The Cruelest Enemy: Self-doubt
  • The best writing advice I ever got was watching the agony of a writer who couldn’t bring himself to write The End. As a result, he never finished anything and still remains in the ranks of the wannabes.  Oh, he … READ MORE »

  • Writing Something Different for a Change
  • I adapted a short story I wrote long ago  for three characters. We have two little theater companies in our mountain village in Central California. I went to a first reading a couple of years ago intending to volunteer as … READ MORE »

  • I thought everyone could write if they just sat down and put their mind to it.  As my facility for words came easily to me, I never thought it was important. A facility for manipulating numbers was of consequence, after … READ MORE »