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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michele E. May  

Pen Name: M. E. May

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1953 in Indianapolis, IN

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Illinois Connection

I moved to Illinois in April 2003 and have been living in Lake in the Hills, Illinois since that time. I started my career in 2008 and living in the Chicagoland area has put me in touch with a lot of great organizations who serve the mystery genre and have boosted my career.

Biographical and Professional Information

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, M. E. (Michele) May now lives near Chicago with her husband, Paul. She has two children and four grandsons living in central Indiana. While studying Social and Behavioral Sciences at Indiana University, she discovered what sorts of things influence human behavior and found her talent for writing. Michele created the ''Circle City Mystery Series'' to showcase her hometown as well as give her readers great crime thrillers. The first novel in the series, ''Perfidy'' won the 2013 Lovey Award for Best First Novel. The second, ''Inconspicuous'', was nominated for the 2014 Lovey Award for Best Suspense. The third and fourth novels in the series, ''Ensconced'' and ''Purged'' were released in 2014. One of her short stories, “Uncle Vito and the Cheerleader,” is featured in the anthology, ''Hoosier Hoops and Hijinks''.

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Titles At Your Library

Perfidy (A Circle City Mystery) (Volume 1)
ISBN: 1494456834

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

Mandy Stevenson left home for college even as her family was being torn apart by the loss of her brother, an Indianapolis police officer. But now, four years later, it's time to return and face the grief and hardships she left behind. As summer fades, Mandy finds herself in a nightmare when her mother vanishes without a trace. Faced with her father's skepticism, Mandy turns to her godfather, head of the police department's Missing Person Unit, for help. The police investigation quickly uncovers her mother's secret, nefarious lifestyle-a lifestyle that may have cost her mother everything-including her life. Just as these secrets begin to unfold, Mandy's world is again turned upside down by the murder of a dear friend. She soon realizes that his murder may be connected to her mother's disappearance. How much grief from personal loss and duplicity can she bear? Will uncovering the most perfidious betrayal of all turn Mandy's life to bitterness-or end it?

Inconspicuous (A Circle City Mystery)
ISBN: 1490484221

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2013

Homicide Detective Erica Barnes leads the investigation into the most brutal serial murders in Indianapolis history. Once the FBI is alerted she finds there are a string of similar murders in four other states from Wyoming to Indiana. They believe they know who he is, but fear he may have altered his appearance. The killer leaves pleas for attention at each crime scene, but it isn’t until he decides to plead to be stopped that he focuses his attention on Erica. Will she be able to stop him before he strikes again? Does he really want to be stopped or are his pleas just part of some sick game? As she learns more about the suspect and the horrors he once faced, she finds herself empathizing with him. But she cannot let her guard down. She must find a way to stop him, before he stops her--permanently.

Ensconced (A Circle City Mystery) (Volume 3)
ISBN: 1494461919

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

Missing Person Detective and loving family man, Tyrone Mayhew, faces one of the toughest cases of his career–now a cold case he investigated ten years ago when Wendy Matherson and her vehicle vanished without a trace. New evidence has come to light and now Tyrone and his partner, Sergeant Benjamin Jacobs, must sort through years of old evidence and interview persons of interest and witnesses one more time. They soon discover that Wendy’s youngest son may be their best witness. After years of nightmares, this young man is ready to try anything to pull the memories so deeply ensconced in his subconscious to the surface so he can finally be at peace with what happened to his mother. The more Tyrone digs, the more dangerous the investigation becomes. When Tyrone’s family is placed in mortal danger, it sparks Tyrone to work more diligently to discover what really happened the night Wendy Matherson disappeared. He must find resolution before this case tears Tyrone’s happy life completely apart.

Purged (Circle City Mystery) (Volume 4)
ISBN: 1500411124

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

Indianapolis Homicide Detective, Chennelle Kendall, faces the greatest challenge of her career when an avenging angel decides to force members of a Wiccan coven to confess their sins by torturing and murdering them. Th¬e killer believes them to be a group of devil worshippers and uses this belief to justify his acts of cruelty. Chennelle and her partner, Detective Erica Barnes, discover a church whose members have been opposing this group of Wiccans for several months. Soon the detectives have a large pool of suspects, but no evidence to back up their suspicions. Meanwhile, the avenging angel continues to claim more victims. Chennelle finds herself struggling to maintain her objectivity and respect for all parties involved and their rights to worship as they see it. When she discovers the long held secrets of the angel’s origin, will it help Chennelle stop this killer before he strikes again, or will this recent revelation give him the opportunity to purge the sins of his past? Purged is the fourth novel in the Circle City Mystery Series.


  • 2013 Lovey Award for Best First Novel, ''Perfidy''

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Contact P. J. Nunn, BreakThrough Promotions; phone 972-825-1171. Charge $100 fee, but will negotiate with libraries. Will speak for book clubs, libraries, and bookstores. Am also available for festivals. Prefer to stay within 100 miles of the Chicago area.