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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Shelly Reuben  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1945 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Reuben was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

The ideas for many of Shelly Reuben's books come from the cases she investigates as a licensed private detective and certified fire investigator. Shelly also writes two newspaper columns and regularly contributes to ''The Forensic Examiner''. She currently resides in New York City.

Published Works

  • Julian Solo, Dodd, 1988
  • Origin and Cause, Scribner`s, 1994
  • Spent Matches, Scribner`s, 1996
  • Come Home, Love Dad, Bernard Street Books, 2000
  • Weeping, Justin Charles & Co., 2004
  • Tabula Rasa, Harcourt, Inc., 2005
  • The Skirt Man, Harcourt, Inc, 2006
  • The Man with the Glass Heart, Bernard Street Books, 2012
  • The Boys of Sabbath Street, Bernard Street Books, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

Julian Solo /
ISBN: 0966286804. OCLC Number:

Bernard Street Books,. New York :. 1998.

Origin & cause /
ISBN: 0786123109. OCLC Number:

Blackstone Audiobooks,. Ashland, OR :. ℗2002.

When a driver is incinerated in an antique car, his family sues the manufacturer. They in turn hire PI Wylie Nolan, a specialist in arson, who finds plenty of evidence suggesting the fire was no accident. Lots of antique car lore.

Spent matches /
ISBN: 0684801078. OCLC Number:

Scribner,. New York :. ©1996.

Fire investigator Wylie Nolan probes a fire in a New York City museum where five 19th Century paintings were burned to ashes. Yet no one entered the museum, the fire alarm did not go off, and there was no further damage. By the author of Origin and Cause.

Come home. Love, Dad /
ISBN: 0966286812. OCLC Number:

Bernard Street Books,. New York :. ©2000.

Weeping :
ISBN: 0786184205. OCLC Number:

Blackstone Audiobooks,. Ashland, OR :. ℗2004.

Fritillary Quilter, a New York arson investigator, a sassy, fresh spirit with a nose for arson and an eye for dubious burn patterns. Tilly pushes the envelope of the traditional female investigator with a young, hip outlook and indefatigable zeal. Weeping is an arson investigator's term and also the usual state that befalls a fire's grief-stricken survivors. So it's with some surprise and suspicion that Tilly meets the seemingly unconcerned Faith Browning, whose sister Dorsey has just burned to death in their family home. When Faith puts in a quick claim without giving the insurance company a chance to look around, the company calls Tilly. Tilly teams up with the arson pro Isaak "Ike" Blessing, and together they must sift through the ashes to find the truth. Written by a real-life private eye and fire investigator, Weeping is fueled by technical authority, lively characters, and stylish prose.

Tabula rasa /
ISBN: 015101079X. OCLC Number:

Harcourt,. Orlando, Fla. :. ©2005.

Investigating a house fire that has killed two young children, arson detective Billy Nightingale and his brother-in-law, officer Sebastian Bly, discover a baby underneath the porch, whom they raise without an awareness of her violent origins.

The Skirt Man /
ISBN: 0786148748. OCLC Number:

Blackstone Audiobooks,. Ashland, Or. :. 2006.

Every small town has an eccentric or two, and Killdeer, New York, is no exception. Morgan Mason attracts more than a few stares and local resentments when he drives through town on his tractor wearing a skirt. When the Skirt Man is killed in a tragic house fire during a benefit ballet performance starring Meredith Bly, Meredith's father, State Trooper Sebastian Bly, and her uncle, Fire Marshal Billy Nightingale, are called in to investigate what some say is a case of spontaneous human combustion.

The man with the glass heart :
ISBN: 098841810X. OCLC Number:

Bernard Street Books,. New York :. 2012.

The boys of Sabbath Street :
ISBN: 0988418126. OCLC Number:

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"When Artemus Ackerman, retired magician and mayor of Calendar, hears about the first fire on Sabbath Street, he sends his publicist, Maggie Wakeling, to the fire department to find out what caused it. Artemus, who still performs conjuring tricks for his constituents, has his heart set on turning the shabbily elegant Baldwin Theater into a museum of magic. All he has to do is convince wealthy widow Claudette Goodwin to donate the Baldwin to his beloved town. But the theater is located on Sabbath Street, where that first disastrous fire occurred. Then there is a second fire on Street--and a third. Certain Claudette will never invest money in such an incendiary location, Artemus orders Maggie to follow the trail of char, first to Fire Marshal George Copeland, then to the Boys of Sabbath Street, who had so valiantly saved occupants from two fires"--Page 4 of cover.


Julian Solo

nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Award (best first novel)

and by the Libertarian Futurist Society for a Prometheus Award in 1988

Origin & Cause

was nominated for a Falcon Award by the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan

The Man With the Glass Heart

, was a Freedom Book Club selection.

Speaking Engagements

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