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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sharon Fiffer  

Pen Name: Sharon Sloan Fiffer

Genre: Mystery Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Imagining America :
ISBN: 1557783268. OCLC Number:

Paragon House,. New York :. 1991.

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

Doubleday,. New York :. ©1994.

Killer stuff /
ISBN: 0312983700. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. New York :. 2002.

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

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2002.

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.

The wrong stuff /
ISBN: 0312989504. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2003.

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.

Buried stuff /
ISBN: 0312989512. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's,. New York :. 2005.

Hollywood stuff /
ISBN: 031234306X. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Minotaur,. New York :. 2006.

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.

Scary stuff /
ISBN: 0312387784. OCLC Number:

Minotaur Books,. New York :. 2009.

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.

Backstage stuff /
ISBN: 0312609795. OCLC Number:

Minotaur Books,. New York :. 2011.

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.

Lucky stuff /
ISBN: 0312643039. OCLC Number:

Minotaur Books,. New York :. 2012.

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.


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