D.M. Pirrone


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Hanley & Rivka Mystery #2 On the Way!

It's official--FOR YOU WERE STRANGERS, Book 2 in the Hanley & Rivka mystery series, comes out from Allium Press of Chicago on December 15, 2015. On a spring morning in 1872, former Civil War captain Ben Champion is found dead in his Chicago bedroom, a bayonet protruding from his back. His death uncovers hidden truths best left buried, that still threaten powerful men. Defective guns sold to the Union army, an 1864 conspiracy to turn Chicago into the capital of a Northwest Confederacy, a former slave passing for white, an escaped Confederate guerrilla bent on revenge...any of these might have led to Champion's murder. Hanley and Rivka race to solve the crime before the secrets of bygone days claim more victims.

"Literary" vs. "Genre" fiction--Panel Discussion, sponsored by LIMCon Chicago, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, and the Chicago Writers' Association

On Sunday, Oct. 4, 57th Street Books hosts a panel, “Where Popular and Literary Meet: A Discussion About Great Writing in the Mystery Genre,” moderated by Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Executive Director Donald G. Evans. Genre fiction is widely read, even admired, but seldom considered the equal of its literary counterparts. The mere label “mystery” acts as a sort of downgrade. Panelists Michael Harvey, Lori Rader-Day and Libby Fischer Hellmann will explore the whos, whats, whys and hows of great mystery writing.

The event, from 5 pm to 6 pm at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., Chicago, is sponsored by the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Seminary Co-operative Bookstore, LIMCon Chicago Mystery Conference (aka Love Is Murder), and the Chicago Writers Association. RSVP at the 57th Street Books /​ Seminary Co-op’s Facebook events page.

Shelf Unbound names Shall We Not Revenge a Notable Page-Turner of 2014.

Foreword Reviews names Kirkus Award nominee Shall We Not Revenge one of its Top Ten Historical Novels for Autumn 2014.

To read the full reviews from Foreword and Kirkus, click the links below.

About Me

D.M. Pirrone is the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman, a freelance writer, editor and audiobook narrator. In addition to Shall We Not Revenge (Allium Press of Chicago, August 2014) and No Less in Blood (Five Star/​Cengage, 2011), she was also a contributor to the award-winning Desplaines River Anthology (2013, Allium Press). She is currently at work on a sequel to Shall We Not Revenge, and on a stand-alone novel, The Thief Mother, about a stolen child who grows up and seeks the truth of her origins.

A Chicago native, history buff and avid mystery reader, Ms. Piron-Gelman is a longtime member of Mystery Writers of America and current president of Sisters in Crime, Chicagoland chapter. She is also an adoptee, with personal experience of the desire to find one’s roots, and one half of an Irish Catholic-Jewish interfaith marriage. She lives on the Northwest Side with her husband, Stephen Gelman, and two sons, David and Isaac.


I'll be appearing along with fellow authors Joan Bard-Collins (Honor Above All; Allium Press of Chicago) and Kate Hannigan (The Detective's Assistant; Little, Brown) on Thursday, August 6th at Authors Under the Awning, a weekly event throughout the summer at THE best bookstore in the Chicago area--Centuries & Sleuths, 7419 West Madison Street in Forest Park, IL. Come join us for an evening of historical mystery in the back half of the 19th century. We'll be there from 7-9 p.m.

On September 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., CityLit Books hosts Chicago Historical Mysteries Night: An Evening with Allium Press Authors, featuring Frances McNamara and D.M. Pirrone, moderated by Emily Victorson. Death at Chinatown, by Frances McNamara, provides a fascinating look at Chicago’s original Chinatown in 1896. In this fifth book in the Emily Cabot Mysteries series amateur sleuth Emily Cabot once again finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation. Shall We Not Revenge, by D. M. Pirrone, is set in early 1872, while Chicago is still smoldering from the Great Fire. Irish detective Frank Hanley is assigned the case of a murdered Jewish rabbi, but his investigation proves difficult when they uncover a web of political corruption, crooked cops, and well-buried ties to two notorious Irish thugs from Hanley’s past.

For event details, see link below.

Chicago Crime Fiction Night: July 10, 2014

From 7-9 p.m., I'll be joining three of my fellow Allium Press of Chicago authors for Chicago Crime Fiction Night at Prairie Path Books in Wheaton, Illinois. Frances McNamara (the Emily Cabot mystery series), David J. Walker (author of the thriller Company Orders, as well as two fine mystery series with St. Martin's Press), Tim Chapman (Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold), and I are getting together with our favorite people--readers--to talk about why Chicago is one of the world's greatest cities for crime fiction.

Printers Row Litfest: June 7-8, 2014

Book lovers are once again converging on Printers' Row (just west of the Loop downtown), Chicago's own literary extravaganza. Mystery writers are well represented at the Mystery Writers of America tent and at Chicago Books United, where you'll find Sisters in Crime and Allium Press of Chicago. Drop by at any hour of the day and you're likely to see a favorite local author (or discover a new one!) signing books or doing a reading--and ready to tell you anything you might want to know about two great organizations for mystery writers, Sisters in Crime and MWA.

I'll be signing my forthcoming historical mystery, SHALL WE NOT REVENGE, from 2-4 on Sunday, June 8th (advance copies exclusively available through Allium Press). I'll also be signing my debut suspense novel, NO LESS IN BLOOD, at Chicago Books United and at Mystery Writers of America. And don't forget the MWA-sponsored Flash Fiction Contest, judged by authors Barbara D'Amato and Sara Paretsky.

Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 2014: Chicago-area mystery fans, check out WYCC-Channel 20's New Year's Mystery Marathon. Great TV, plus fun & informative author chats during the breaks. Join me and other Chicagoland mystery authors--Jamie Freveletti, Robert Goldsborough and Shane Gehricke, just to name a few! Just click on the link (at right).

NO LESS IN BLOOD joins the Book Parade line-up for June, July and August! Check out Chicago's own moveable feast of the written word on Youtube and Chicago cable Channel 25 (see link at right).

Blog/​podcast interviews, 2012-2013
Author Karen Rose Smith chats with me about HER SISTER, an audiobook release from Audible. Read the interview via link at right.

Check out my podcast interview with John Byk of Writers Alive, about NO LESS IN BLOOD and mystery writing in general (see link at right).

Blog interview with Morgen Bailey on Wednesday, July 6th, 2013 (see link at right)

Selected Works

Fiction, Historical Mystery
In 1872 Chicago, just after the Great Fire, rookie Irish detective Frank Hanley must solve a rabbi's murder, to save an innocent life and avenge one lost, in a showdown with an enemy from Hanley's checkered past.
Adoptee Rachel Connolly searches for her family and ends up a target for murder.

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