Guest Author Steven Donahue

Today our guest is Steven Donahue author of yesterday’s book The Manila Strangler, here is a link to the post if you missed it.

Steven Donahue

Let’s find out more about Steven.

1) Where is your home town?

I was born in Philadelphia, PA, in the USA, but I was raised in the nearby town of Warminster.

2) How long have you been writing?

I started a novel in 1990 that really went nowhere. I have been writing since then. My first published novel, Amanda Rio, which examines domestic violence, was released in 2004.

3) Is murder mystery your favourite genre for writing?

I write in several genres, including general fiction, science fiction, historical fiction and murder mysteries. It’s hard to pick a favourite.

4) What was the one idea which sparked off “The Manila Strangler”?

It was my wife Dawn’s idea for me to write a mystery novel. I came up with the plot and title while we were grocery shopping one day. It’s funny where inspiration hits.

5) Can you tell the readers a bit about Pablo Ramirez and why Karen dislikes him so much?

Pablo Ramirez is a local gangster who wants to become Karen’s boxing promoter. Karen’s father was a police officer who spent much of his career trying to bring down Ramirez’s organization. Karen followed in her father’s footsteps, becoming a Philadelphia police officer and trying to put an end to Ramirez’s operations. However, she lost that job due to the many complaints of police brutality against her. Despite their past, the gangster still wants to work with her, while she still wants to bring him down.

6) What’s the hardest part about writing the twists and turn in the plot?

The real challenge is to keep the reader engaged with believable events, while providing clues and not giving too much away.

7) I liked the fact that there were lots of characters that I was suspicious of, did any of them change their role during the writing?

Writing involves a lot of editing and tweaking. The suspects evolved much the way the other characters in the book did. The more editing I did, the more refined they all became.

8) Are you looking to make a series of murder mysteries involving Karen Thorn?

Yes, I do plan to write more Karen Thorn stories. I already have ideas for the next book.

9) What are you writing at the moment? Do you have an expected publication date?

I am about 1/3 of the way through a new historical novel about the Holocaust. I’ll shop that around when I’m finished.

10) Where can readers find out more about you?

The Manila Strangler

I have several sites for my books. They are:

Also find a copy here from or

Thank you Steven and Good Luck with the next book.

The Manila Strangler by Steven Donahue

The Manila StranglerThe Manila Strangler by Steven Donahue

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Manila Strangler is set in Philadelphia. Karen Thorn is a boxer and ex-cop, she’s now a private investigator after too many complaints about her aggressive dealings of suspects. After the murder of high profile artist Vicki Southfield, Karen is hired by Vicki’s father to help solve the case. But he insists she’s partnered with Detective Sean O’Brian, and they have to put aside their past relationship so that they can work on the case.

The killer has left very few clues, except the number 1 on the cheek of his victim. It’s a clue that he’s a serial killer. They follow up lead after lead which doesn’t get them very far until the next body is found, this one with the number 2 on her cheek. The FBI get involved and tussle for ownership of the case, whilst reporter Nick Cargo seems to be suspiciously present at too many places for comfort.

Victim number three throws a possible line of connection to the investigators, but they are still chasing clues. As well as the murder case Karen is training for a boxing match and ruffling the feathers of Pablo Ramirez. The book is fast paced and has lots of twists and turns before the murderer is found, a good quick read.

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Steven will be our guest author tomorrow here on the blog, come back and find out more about his writing.