SEMBLANCE OF GUILT is the story of ELLEN DAVIS, a recently divorced local reporter who is set up as the murderer of a new friend, and with the help of a detective on the case, PETE SAKURA, finds herself in a race against time to uncover the evidence that will save her.

Ellen’s husband has recently left her for another woman, and she is trying to reassert her independence. She starts writing for the local newspaper, where one of her assignments is to cover weekly items in the police blotter. When she travels to the station to pick up the information, she meets her contact, Pete, a handsome, witty Japanese-American, and she is immediately drawn to him. Read More…

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Stolen Light by Claudia Riess


STOLEN LIGHT is a suspense novel set in the art world and involving murder, the Italian Renaissance, and the Cuban Revolution, as well as a love story.

In 1958 in Cuba, the main house of sugar plantation owner, American-born William Delaney is vandalized by a band of Castro’s rebels, who seize Delaney’s art collection to raise money for weapons. Delaney is killed during the incident, and his pregnant wife, fearing for her safety and that of her unborn child, flees Cuba, never to look back. Read More…

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Claudia’s first novel, RECLINING NUDE, was published by Stein and Day. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author of Awakenings, commenting on the book, wrote: “…exquisite and delicate…It is a most courageous book, full of daring–a daring only possible to a passionate and pure heart.”

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