Author of
‘Imperfect’
(Completed, currently seeking Agent representation),
‘Someone Doesn't Know’ (Second Draft Stage),
‘Come Into the Light’ (Second Draft Stage),
and ‘At The End of the Lane’ (First Draft Completed).

Stephen Winn

Welcome!

Welcome to my world of crime, suspense and murder.

This is a great opportunity to thank some truly great mystery writers who led to the creation of my novels. Paramount among them is American crime writer Robert B. Parker. On January 18, 2010, he passed away, meaning more great works were never to be. Robert has been a substantial influence on my desire to write crime novels.

There are others I must thank as well. I read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's many adventures of Sherlock Holmes while growing up. While in my teens, I visited 221B Baker Street in London, England, and named one of my early rock and roll bands 'Baker Street.' I included a reference to Mr. Holmes in my first novel titled 'Imperfect' as a tribute.

My youth also embraced many stories by Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming, and Mickey Spillane. I can recall having a frayed copy of a Spillane paperback in the back pocket of my tattered jeans often as a young boy.

The idea to be a crime writer occurred a few decades later. I was standing under a hot shower getting ready to face yet another Monday morning in the financial industry when I was struck with the idea of starting a first novel. A few minutes earlier I had turned the final few pages of a Lee Child novel I was determined to finish before starting my day. I was so immersed (no pun intended) in an explosion of thought about starting to write a crime novel, I forgot to rinse the shampoo off of my head as I reached for a towel.

I've been excited about researching and writing novels ever since. I've always been a creative person and explored many outlets for expression, including many years as a guitarist and music teacher, and later as a graduate City Planner and Urban Designer. My life started the first chapter in an entirely new book, however, when I began to write murder mystery stories.

Mack Sampson, the protagonist in my current series is the multi-talented head of an agency called 'Mackenzie Investigations' in Boston, Massachusetts. He and his team are retained on a wide variety of fascinating and incredibly demanding cases. The first four are:

Stephen and Harley

'IMPERFECT' focuses on efforts of protagonist Mack Sampson, and his associate M, to solve the murder of a wealthy executive who went out drinking and playing cards with some old friends at a favorite watering hole on a Friday night as usual. Why would someone want to kill him? It turns out there was much more going on in his life than anyone realized. The twists and turns in this strange tale will leave you guessing who-done-it until the last pages are turned.

'SOMEONE DOESN'T KNOW' centers on mid-thirties financial wizard Jonathan Burke, who is fed up with a life he's convinced is destined for tragedy. He's a bachelor who wants to settle down but lacks any semblance of a decent future while he's trapped under the thumb of an evil Mafia boss and his son. He finally decides to make a serious effort to change his life for the better. The tragic and incredibly challenging consequences of his actions, however, are far from anything he could have predicted in his wildest dreams.

'COME INTO THE LIGHT' starts with a terrorist plot involving enormous potential harm to the citizens of the City of Boston and surrounding areas. The dark hostile plan is partially revealed at a crowded late night house party. A man standing out back in the shadows while having a cigarette, overhears three others arguing heatedly about the details of a sinister scheme. When a fight breaks out, the man flees the party only to find out later he has been identified and implicated in a brutal stabbing death that ensued after his departure. You won't be able to put this book down.

‘AT THE END OF THE LANE presents a strange and at times surreal tale. It warps the line between murder mystery and horrorific thriller while combining two story lines into a baffling detective crime novel. Aaron Striker, a contract hitman, (think Philip Carlo's THE ICE MAN) was found decomposing in his living room where he had been savagely beaten and murdered. Elsewhere, private eye, Mack Sampson, finds a blood-spattered portfolio held by his first true love, Jamie Lee, at the very instant of her tragic death. Both events ignite a media assault focused on harassing and bringing down the Mafia. The FBI, Boston Homicide, and Mackenzie Investigations, join forces against a corrupt law firm used as a front for the Mob and its deadly illegal activities (think John Grisham's THE FIRM). This riveting novel includes an explosive ending with a double plot twist you’ll never guess. Movie potential?

There are more books planned for this series of murder mysteries, and others. I certainly hope you enjoy reading one or all of them as much as I have had the pleasure of planning and writing them for you.

Thank you so much for spending a few moments here. Please come back and visit again for updates!

I hope you'll read a few commments made by my readers below, and visit my blog for insights into a few of my experiences. 

 

--Stephen Winn

 

HOW TO CONTACT ME: 

Mail to my office - Stephen Winn, Cramped Hand Inc., 177 James Street, St. Catharines ON L2R 5C4

Call to my office (answers as Garden City Financial) - Toll free (North America): 1.866.573.5232 - Local to Niagara, Ontario: 905.684.6254

Cellular: 1.905.941.2500 - Fax: 1.905.684.6695 




A portion of the profit from every Stephen Winn book sold will be donated
to a registered charity for the disabled.


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B EJuly 23, 2018, 8:59 PMReply

Book: Come Into The Light

"Come into the Light" had a great hook and an unexpected finish! Can't wait to see what Mack and the gang get up to next.

Stephen WinnJuly 24, 2018, 5:19 PM

Book: At The End Of The Lane

Thanks Brittany. Your work to improve the book by editing it was much appreciated. You are truly a treasure. I'm excited to send you "At the End of the Lane," because I know it will even be better with your kind attention.

Gary HogarthApril 5, 2018, 2:30 PMReply

Book: At The End Of The Lane

Good morning Stephen. Just finished reading "At the end of the lane". This was the hardest book to put down. It grabbed me immediately, well done. The many twists and turns is what did it for me. Great story, very well done. Thanks once again for the opportunity. Sorry I took so long. I've been a little under the weather.

WilbertMarch 22, 2018, 2:07 AMReply

Admiring the time and energy you put into your blog and detailed information you offer. It's great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same unwanted rehashed information. Wonderful read! I've saved your site and I'm including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

Gary HogarthMarch 11, 2018, 4:40 PMReply

It's a pleasure when you get an opportunity to pick up a book that grabs you quickly. Come Into The Light does just that. I was pleased to see M thrust into the spotlight with an interesting twist to the storyline. Character development was well done Stephan, made everyone more interesting. I really enjoyed the read.. Thanks again for the opportunity. Gary Hogarth

Mary hFebruary 26, 2018, 8:01 PMReply

I have just finished reading the latest from Stephen, At The End Of The Lane. What an amazing book. Usually life gets in the way of my reading, but not this time! I couldn't put it down. Wow, from start to finish, it kept me engrossed all the way through. I was anticipating what was to come next as I turned the pages. I was so sure I knew how this book would end; boy I was wrong. Stephen, thank you for the privilege of being one of the first to read At The End Of The Lane.

stephen winnFebruary 27, 2018, 10:14 AM

Mary, men apparently read most of the mob novels. I wanted to write one that would be enjoyed equally as much by women, so I intertwined two story lines and gave it a double slam-bang ending no one would ever guess. Like Pamela below, you've confirmed it worked out. Thank you!

Mary hFebruary 21, 2018, 8:53 PMReply

I had the pleasure of reading Come Into The Light. What a terrific read. I know when a book really has my interest, for I see it in my mind's eye as a movie. It is well written and very intriguing. As I was on the last page, I felt a sense of disappointment it was over. I would recommend this book to all I know. Thank you so much for the entertainment Stephen Winn.

stephen winnFebruary 22, 2018, 7:05 AM

I really appreciated your comments in the draft you returned, Mary. You caught some things I missed, so the book is better thanks to you. I recall you telling me that you watched a lot of mobster shows with your dear departed dad when you were younger, so now I'm the beneficiary of those experiences!

Pamela mclauchlanFebruary 18, 2018, 10:51 AMReply

Hi Stephen, I am honoured to be once again one of the first readers of draft one of your fourth novel in the Mack & M mystery series: "At the End of the Lane". What a great story. I couldn't put it down - stayed up late to finish it! (I kept saying 'one more chapter then I'll stop' ... but I couldn't.) You did a wonderful job in your first attempt at weaving two plot lines together: lots of twists and turns. Your story made me think and ask questions and guess (several times) at 'who dunnit'. The story kept me in suspense all the way through. I think that this novel is the best one in the series so far. Can't wait to see what you come up with in number five!

stephen winnFebruary 18, 2018, 4:40 PM

Pam, I couldn't buy my way to a better comment than yours if I tried! I was proud of this fourth novel as a rough first draft right from the get-go. You've confirmed my thoughts and hopes about it, and I thank you for that. I'm certainly excited to see what other reviewers say as well, but I already know it has a lot of potential. Thanks again.

Lauren AlexanderFebruary 11, 2018, 2:49 PMReply

Lauren Alexander January 30, 2018 I have had the very special privilege of reading all three of Stephen Winn's unpublished novels: IMPERFECT, SOMEONE DOESNT KNOW and COME INTO THE LIGHT. What can I say about them? They absolutely need to be published! I think it would be a crime, "literally" for countless readers who love the "whodunit" genre, to not be able to immerse themselves in these novels and future stories. Stephen, you are a wonderful storyteller. Your third novel, COME INTO THE LIGHT was superb and I can hardly wait to read your fourth completed novel. Honestly, I will be the first to my feet to applaud you and the publishing company who signs you on. Thanks so much for sharing your passion for writing marvelous stories with all of us. You have a great future ahead! I consider myself a delighted and enduring fan already. My very best to you!

stephen winnFebruary 12, 2018, 12:38 PM

Lauren, thank you for your glowing comment. Your appreciation makes all my hard work worthwhile. I just finished the first draft of my novel #4, 'At the End of the Lane.' It's in the same series, and I can't wait to ship it to you!

pamela mclauchlanNovember 23, 2017, 11:29 AMReply

I just finished reading the FINAL draft of your first thriller: "Imperfect." I have to say that I had thoroughly enjoyed the first draft; but I must admit I enjoyed the final draft even more: just as much suspense, humour and a great story - but I found it was more "compact" and faster paced along with a KILLER surprise ending! Kudos, Stephen!

stephen winnNovember 23, 2017, 4:27 PM

Pam, I know you regularly read a lot of murder mysteries by the best authors, so I thought it made sense to see what you thought of my final draft of IMPERFECT. Now I know the time has come to find a literary agent to represent me. Good thing you didn't give away the ending in your comment!

BrittanyNovember 18, 2017, 1:59 PMReply

"Someone Doesn't Know" is a thrilling roller coaster ride of emotions and action, and a fantastic continuation of the M&M Mysteries saga. You can really see that Stephen has grown as a writer and a story teller from his first novel to his second. He's on an upward trajectory and I can't wait to see just how high he'll go with these fantastic stories!

stephen winnNovember 18, 2017, 4:13 PM

Brittany, as one of my main copy editors you have done a fantastic job. My stories are easier to read given your advanced skills with the English language. Thanks for the kind comment! I'm so glad you are enjoying your time spent reading my work.

Pamela McLauchlanNovember 17, 2017, 12:23 AMReply

I am honoured to be the first reader of the first draft of "Come into the Light" - book 3 in the Mack & M series. Like the two previous novels, it has everything you could want in a mystery/thriller: a fast-paced story line; suspense; thrills; humour; heroes & villains. It kept me guessing right up to the end. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for #4!

Mary HughesAugust 21, 2017, 12:47 AMReply

I just finished your lastest book, Someone Doesn't Know. I believe it is better than your first book. There is more Intrigue and more description about the people and places, which pulled me in, felt like I was watching the movie or as I was there. When I decided to sit and read the book it didn't take long. I found myself engrossed in the book, now I can't wait for the third book to come out.

stephen winnAugust 24, 2017, 2:04 PM

I'm pleased you enjoyed Someone Doesn't Know. "Like I was watching a movie..." you say? I'm biased, but think it would make a great movie! As for comparing my first and second novels, you read a first draft of Imperfect, and a final draft of Someone Doesn't Know. Stephen King wrote that a final draft = first draft - 10%. I omitted about 12,000 words from Imperfect. It's now lean and mean too.

ted bergenJuly 3, 2017, 2:31 PMReply

"SOMEONE DOESN'T KNOW" has one of the most developed and gripping plots I've come across in a long time. Every novel seems to be getting better and better! I can't wait to read "COME INTO THE LIGHT"

Chris HanlonJune 12, 2017, 3:41 PMReply

IMPERFECT: The first novel from writer Stephen Winn, IMPERFECT has a compelling plotline that introduces the characters and setting while building a solid storyline. The murder case detailed in the novel is unique and well planned out. I'm pretty good at figuring out mysteries, actually thought I had it solved, and I actually never saw the resolution coming. That impressed me.

Scott AllisonJune 10, 2017, 8:31 PMReply

SOMEONE DOESN'T KNOW. WOW. I couldn't put the story down. Highly suspenseful and a must read. Enjoyed the connection with your first book, IMPERFECT. Can't wait to read your next book to see what Mac and M are up to. Well done

Chris TOLLINSMay 20, 2017, 4:45 PMReply

Stephen provided me with an advance copy of 'Someone Doesn't Know'. I greatly enjoyed the further exploration of the characters, and seeing the journeys they take. In this novel, we learn more about the dark underbelly of Boston's organized crime syndicate, and what would happen should you try to leave. Stephen employs a classic writing style, that is refreshing when coupled with modern elements.

Ted BergenFebruary 3, 2017, 7:31 PMReply

IMPERFECT: I've read the novel 3 times. The characters of Mack and M follow a truly interesting case, and Stephen shows his prowess in developing mystery in chilling suspense. The development of the story page after page, has purpose and poise and still gives the reader some comedic breaks, but never loses the gripping plot from the introduction. Can't wait to read the next one!

stephen winnFebruary 4, 2017, 1:47 PM

Ted, I'm very pleased that you were referred to me as a reader/editor of my first novel, and certainly appreciate your diligence. Now I'm anxious to see your comments on 'Someone Doesn't Know'. I suspect that the plot twist at the end will shake you up, despite the fact that you're ex-military! Let's see...

Gary hogarthDecember 22, 2016, 2:08 AMReply

With regards to Someone Doesn't Know, I must say you've hit it out of the park once more. It was a great read. Very easy to get into the story and not let go until the end. Lots of twists to peak my interest. That was enjoyable. Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy another good read.

stephen winnDecember 22, 2016, 2:53 PM

Gary, commenting at 2:08 am? Did my book keep you up? I know you to be a straight shooter, so your comment means a lot to me. Thank you so much!

PamelaDecember 17, 2016, 2:44 PMReply

SOMEONE DOESN'T KNOW ... Stephen, I stayed up all night to finish your story: I couldn't put it down. Lots of suspense and surprises! Fast-paced action. Can't wait for the next Mack & M adventure. Thanks for a great read!

stephen winnDecember 22, 2016, 2:41 PM

Pam, on the one hand I feel bad that you lost so much sleep over my second novel, but on the other, I feel great! You were the first one to complete reading my first draft and I'm so glad that you enjoyed it!

ShelleySeptember 16, 2016, 4:47 PMReply

Great story with loads of detail! It's easy to picture the ideas in my mind, and there were so many twists and turns it was hard to put down!

Lauren AJuly 6, 2016, 1:47 PMReply

LAUREN A. JULY 6, 2016 I have had the distinct pleasure of reading Mr. Stephen Winns first novel IMPERFECT. Mr. Winn has a great future as a novelist and I am looking forward, with much anticipation, to more great books to come. Imperfect is a marvelous story, with great characters, and a very nicely crafted story line. You will want to finish this book in one sitting. Very enjoyable!

StephenJuly 6, 2016, 8:10 PM

Lauren, what a fine comment from a fellow writer! Though you write non-fiction, I'm sure glad you enjoy reading my genre of crime/detective murder mysteries. I want you to know that your feedback helped to refine my first novel even further, so I thank you for that.

Mary hJanuary 31, 2016, 2:28 AMReply

Stephen, I read your book it was a good read, the more I read the more I got involved with the characters. It was very well written. I thought I knew who the murderer was but your story twist had me fooled. I would recommend this book to others. I can't wait for your new novel to appear on book shelves.

Tricia TOctober 26, 2015, 7:53 PMReply

I was given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Imperfect. It's written in a style that hearkens back to the classic detective stories. I'm looking forward to reading the whole series!

stephenOctober 26, 2015, 9:14 PM

Tricia, I am still astounded by the generous effort that you put in to help me make IMPERFECT a better novel. Thank you, thank you ... and oh yes, thank you!

jOANNEOctober 21, 2015, 1:31 PMReply

Finished the book in a weekend. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down, I had to find out who did it. The plot twists made it a great read. Now I can hardly wait for the next one! Keep on writing!

Chris T.October 17, 2015, 9:36 PMReply

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of the first book Imperfect. This is a real page-turner set in modern day Boston. It's an excellent mystery with a great potential for a series. I can't wait to read the next book!

stephenOctober 18, 2015, 11:02 AM

This means a lot to me Chris, especially since you are an author and exceptionally creative as your work on this website attests. Thanks so much for your assistance in commenting on IMPERFECT. Your generosity with time and help hath no bounds. Anytime you need my assistance, just say the word!

Gary hogarthOctober 15, 2015, 4:32 PMReply

Hi Stephen, job well done. As you know I read a different genre so it took me some time to get into the story line. Once it grabbed me I could not put it down. I thought I had the plot figured out, I was wrong. Great job Gary Hogarth .

stephenOctober 18, 2015, 12:02 PM

Gary, aka 'Happy the Clown': It's not often that an author can get a professional clown to comment on a book, umm...without clowning around, that is, so thank you!

BrittanySeptember 29, 2015, 2:05 AMReply

The level of detail in Winn's work immerses your senses in the sights and sounds surrounding the characters, while also making your time spent reading an educational one regarding history and detective work. Overall a very enjoyable read.

stephenSeptember 29, 2015, 3:08 PM

Boston is one of the world's greatest cities, and I'm always fascinated by the people, places and rich history there. Boston was the right choice as the center for much of my writing. Glad you enjoyed the draft of my first book, Brittany.

Victor b.September 14, 2015, 2:57 PMReply

A lot of murder mysteries come in good binding and collect a lot of dust. Stephen Winn's recent work won't be needing a Swiffer any time soon...if ever.

stephenSeptember 15, 2015, 4:14 PM

So with the money saved on Swiffers, Victor, you can buy my next novel. Good thinking!

SandraSeptember 14, 2015, 11:40 AMReply

My favorite character is Pauline. Hope you keep her in the next one. Love the nature scenes. Great job.

stephenSeptember 15, 2015, 4:10 PM

There really is a Pauline that I modelled the character after, Sandra. Many years ago I was a partner in a business in Williamsville, New York, and Pauline was our receptionist. She was a super person and so is remembered in my first novel.

VivianSeptember 10, 2015, 1:49 PMReply

Very well done.......Great read, strong interesting characters and a good plot with lots of twists and turns......Cannot wait for number 2.....!!!

P. RodenSeptember 7, 2015, 2:35 PMReply

I found the book very easy to read and couldn't put it down once I started reading. I especially like the way the Prologue is referred to at the end of the book.

stephenSeptember 7, 2015, 6:12 PM

I especially like the prologue. I'm told that some literary agents don't care for them, but I think it works very well in "Imperfect". I'm so glad that you agree!

ScottSeptember 2, 2015, 7:33 PMReply

Stephen, Fantastic read. Could not put the book down. Had to find out who did it. Well done

PamelaAugust 31, 2015, 8:20 PMReply

Stephen, I never knew you had it in you! I thoroughly enjoyed your novel ... a real page-turner full of crime, suspense and murder - and even some comedy. can't wait for your second novel.