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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sharon Fiffer  

Pen Name: Sharon Sloan Fiffer

Genre: Mystery Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born:


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Illinois Connection

Fiffer lives in the Chicago area. She grew up in Kankakee, Illinois and has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Barat College and Northwestern University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Fiffer has taught in the Writing Programs/English Departments of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Barat College and Northwestern University.


Awards

IAC Literacy Award for a short story that was published in Ascent Magazine in 1986. Fellowship in fiction from the Illinois Arts Council.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) If you would like Sharon to read, sign, speak at your library, bookstore or event, contact Sarah Melnyk at Minotaur Books [mailto:sarah.melnyk@stmartins.com sarah.melnyk@stmartins.com].

Selected Titles At Your Library

50 ways to help your community :
ISBN: 038547234X. OCLC Number: 29031464

Doubleday,. .

Backstage stuff
ISBN: 9781429974721. OCLC Number: 829025487

Minotaur Books,. .

With a divorce looming, antiques picker and P.I. Jane Wheel has been spinning her wheels, unsure what to do with herself. She could use a good shove in the right direction, and while she may know this, she isn't about to admit it. Luckily, her best friend, Tim Lowry, has her interests at heart, and he has the perfect answer. Not only does he have a mansion he needs help prepping for an estate sale, but he has unearthed an old play, a murder mystery, that he's dying to put on. The play would be just the thing to get Jane back on track, that is, if it weren't cursed. Thankfully, Tim isn't buying into any curse and pushes forward in spite of the ominous notes that keep showing up in the actor's scripts warning against a performance. It's only when the shows' carpenter dies in a suspicious accident that Jane is convinced someone definitely doesn't want the show to go on and might be willing to kill to stop it.--From inside front jacket.

Backstage stuff /
ISBN: 0312609795. OCLC Number: 648922864

Minotaur Books,. .

With a divorce looming, antiques picker and P.I. Jane Wheel has been spinning her wheels, unsure what to do with herself. She could use a good shove in the right direction, and while she may know this, she isn't about to admit it. Luckily, her best friend, Tim Lowry, has her interests at heart, and he has the perfect answer. Not only does he have a mansion he needs help prepping for an estate sale, but he has unearthed an old play, a murder mystery, that he's dying to put on. The play would be just the thing to get Jane back on track, that is, if it weren't cursed. Thankfully, Tim isn't buying into any curse and pushes forward in spite of the ominous notes that keep showing up in the actor's scripts warning against a performance. It's only when the shows' carpenter dies in a suspicious accident that Jane is convinced someone definitely doesn't want the show to go on and might be willing to kill to stop it.--From inside front jacket.

Buried stuff
ISBN: 9781429956970. OCLC Number: 829373369

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Examining mysterious fragments found buried near her mother's home in Kankakee, Illinois, antique collector Jane Wheel identifies the remains of a murdered city official and become embroiled in the ensuing investigation.

Buried stuff /
ISBN: 0312989512. OCLC Number: 62254981

St. Martin's,. .

Dead guy's stuff
ISBN: 9781429973786. OCLC Number: 829679056

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Jane Wheel discovers a bizarre collectible in a newly purchased trove of 1950s saloon ephemera, that sparks her curiosity about the saloon owners and prompts her, along with her husband and some friends, to investigate.

Dead guy's stuff /
ISBN: 0312986807. OCLC Number: 49531100

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Jane Wheel discovers a bizarre collectible in a newly purchased trove of 1950s saloon ephemera, that sparks her curiosity about the saloon owners and prompts her, along with her husband and some friends, to investigate.

Hollywood stuff
ISBN: 9781429904223. OCLC Number: 829393768

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Heading to Hollywood when Wren Bixby, owner of Bix Pix Flix, purchases the rights to her story, private detective Jane Wheel becomes embroiled in a murder mystery when a screenwriting friend is accused of killing his old writing partner.

Hollywood stuff /
ISBN: 031234306X. OCLC Number: 62593795

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Heading to Hollywood when Wren Bixby, owner of Bix Pix Flix, purchases the rights to her story, private detective Jane Wheel becomes embroiled in a murder mystery when a screenwriting friend is accused of killing his old writing partner.

Imagining America :
ISBN: 1557783268. OCLC Number: 23144140

Paragon House,. .

Killer stuff
ISBN: 9781429973809. OCLC Number: 829394040

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Separated from her husband and laid off from her advertising job, Jane Wheel finds solace in Chicago as an antique picker, until she stumbles upon her neighbor Sandy's dead body and is targeted as the prime suspect.

Killer stuff /
ISBN: 0312983700. OCLC Number: 50673663

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. .

Lucky stuff
ISBN: 9780312643034. OCLC Number: 759914092

Minotaur Books,. .

Lucky, a little-known comedian, is staging a comeback. it's part of his plan to break into the business by making it seem like he was always there. PI Jane Wheel's mother Nellie is suspicious and asks Jane to investigate. The investigation may be the least of Lucky's worries when a driver on his crew turns up dead after claiming that Lucky tried to kill him.

Scary stuff /
ISBN: 0312387784. OCLC Number: 317574144

Minotaur Books,. .

Jane Wheel loves old stuff, from vintage salt and pepper shakers to other families' old photos to orphaned Bakelite buttons to crocheted pot holders, and she can't really explain why. But she makes a living, searching estate sales and antique shops and reselling her finds to other collectors. At least, it's half a living-- the other half is as an associate to a private detective, for she's pretty good at solving mysteries too. In California visiting her brother, she's fascinated by a story of mistaken identity--three times, someone has walked up to her brother and accused him of swindling them on eBay, only to realize he's not the right guy. Then one of her parents' friends is attacked at home, leading Jane to dig deeper into goings on in her hometown. Jane suddenly has two cases a little too close to home for comfort, for when family gets wrapped up in your personal business, it's scary stuff indeed.

The wrong stuff
ISBN: 0312646232. OCLC Number: 56579540

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. .

Jane Wheel is an antiques picker, cruising garage sales looking for items she can turn around and sell to dealers for a tidy profit. She also has a knack for finding clues and solving crimes. But her vast collection of junk has landed her in an emotional quagmire. When a school permission slip gets lost among the towering boxes in Jane's kitchen, causing her son Nick to miss a field trip, Jane vows to get rid of it all, organizing her house and, she hopes, her life. A call from detective Bruce Oh asking for help on a homicide promises a nw career direction.

The wrong stuff /
ISBN: 0312989504. OCLC Number: 52341563

St. Martin's Minotaur,. .

Part-time antique buyer and private investigator Jane Wheel is able to blend both her careers while helping an antique dealer prove her innocence when she is accused of murder.