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Laura Elvebak

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I am the author of THE FLAWED DANCE and the Niki Alexander mysteries. LESS DEAD and LOST WITNESS. Niki is an ex-cop turned counselor at a Houston teen shelter for runaway and throwaway. My short story, "Searching for Rachel," appears in A DEATH IN TEXAS, the second Final Twist anthology published by L&L Dreamspell. Their third anthology, A BOX OF TEXAS CHOCOLATES, includes my short story, "Dying for Chocolate" followed by "The Banditos of Telephone Road" in TWISTED TALES OF TEXAS LANDMARKS. I've also wrote three screenplays which were optioned, and wrote, directed and acted in a one act play.
I settled in Houston about 30 years ago and am surrounded by my three grown children and six grandchildren, all within driving distance.

Niki Alexander had to fight for everything she achieved in life. Her college education was cut short when her father stabbed a member of the Mexican Mafia and they had to run for their lives. After her father went to trial and was released because no one showed up to prosecute, they left California for Houston, Texas. Niki applied to the Houston police academy. There she met and fell in love wi... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on August 13, 2009 07:40 • 237 views • Tags: dead, less, mysteries, runaways, teenagers, throwaways
Average rating: 4.74 · 31 ratings · 8 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
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A Box of Texas Chocolates (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: An anthology of short stories all involving Texas and chocolates, including mystery and romance.
Lost Witness (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: A child found next to the body of a murdered drug mule sets off an international incident involving a Mexican drug lord drug and a River Oaks matron. When the child is thrust into the hands of Niki Alexander, counselor for a teen shelter, she takes him into her home and, when he disappears again, she is determined to save him at all costs.
A Death In Texas (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Searching for Rachel, short story in an anthology from The Final Twist Chapter of Sisters In Crime
Less Dead (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: A Niki Alexander Mystery. An ex-cop turned counselor for a teen shelter is contacted by her former partner in homicide to locate a girl seen running from the murder site of a up and coming politian.

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Cheryl Alsippi Hi Laura, I just finished reading Less Dead and really liked it! Niki Alexander is a great character. Look forward to reading more from you!

message 16: by Dale (last edited Jul 19, 2014 07:13PM)

Dale Thele Laura, thank you for the friend connect.
Wishing you all the very best in 2014!

message 15: by Laura

Laura Rick wrote: "Laura, thanks for adding me to your to-read list! I don't remember if I asked this, but is "Less Dead" referring to the theory that serial killer victims are usually the 'expendable' member of soc..."

Hi Rick, great seeing you here. In answer to your question, yes. "Less Dead" does refer to that theory. I first heard the saying at a workshop with Steven Eggers, author of "The Killers Among Us."

message 14: by Rick

Rick Reed Laura, thanks for adding me to your to-read list! I don't remember if I asked this, but is "Less Dead" referring to the theory that serial killer victims are usually the 'expendable' member of society, such as runaways and prostitutes? I taught a class on serial killers and this was one of the theories that caught my attention. Again, thank you.

Christine Hatfield good morning

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message 11: by Laura

Laura Thank you, Jesse. My friends on Goodreads are very special to me. Having a writing weekend. It's great. Hope yours is a great one. Laura

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Jesse Hanson Thanks Laura, Really appreciate your including me here on goodreads. Wishing your the best. Hope you're having a nice weekend for starters. jesse

Chester Thanks for adding me as a friend, Laura. I've read your posts on Murder Must Advertise.

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Betty Laura, good to see you here too. I will finish my profile soon...promise.

Good writing!

Betty Gordon

Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

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Beth Hi Laura,
Thanks for sending a friend request to this fellow mystery author!
- Beth

message 4: by Liz

Liz Laura,
Thanks for the invitation to add! And congratulations on the advent of your new book. Great title. I look forward to interaction with you on goodreads.

All best,

Liz Adair
Author of
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message 3: by Holly

Holly Jacobs Hi, Laura!

Thanks so much for the invite!


SAME TIME NEXT SUMMER...on shelves now!

Jeannie Faulkner Barber HI Laura and thanks for the add. Hmmm, Less Dead is such an intriguing titile. I love it! If you have time, I'd love for you to visit my web site, I'm a novice writer so feel free to make any kind of suggestions, ideas or thoughts to correct it. I’m co-authoring a novel with Patty Wiseman, another friend on Goodreads. We’ve known each other for over 30 years. While you're there, please sign the guestbook, too! There’s also a link to our book you can click on… This site is brand new and in the editing stage as is our story. Please visit it as well. We’re both very green, but we’ve met so many people on this site willing to reach out and offer advice or a guiding hand.

Rosemary Hi, Laura. So good to hear from you. I'm wishing you the best for your book launch!

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