Saturday, October 14th, from 1:00 to 3:00, I will be at The Museums at Lisle Station in Lisle Il for a presentation on the Back of the Yards. Joining me will be Dominic Pacyga, author of Slaughterhouse, Chicago’s Union Stock Yard and the World It Made.

I’m thrilled to be doing this event with Dominic. He also wrote: Chicago, a Biography and Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago.   

Aside from his impressive resume, he grew up two blocks away from me in the Back of the Yards.

It will be a fun event, where we can not only learn about the history of the Back of the Yards and it’s impact on the city of Chicago, but we will be able to share personal stories about our lives there and the impact that it had on us.

If you plan on attending, comment on the Back of the Yards Facebook page or e-mail me at sandycbound@gmail.com

Advance notice will be good, so that we can insure that we have enough chairs and refreshments.

Check out the website for The Museums at Lisle Station Park. It’s a great little park with events like their Saturday Author Series.   




“The guys working on the new fence just found a body.”

Home improvement just took an unexpected twist for Kate Harrison and her family. Nothing in her experience as a Private Investigator prepared her for the journey that she was about to take. She needed her home back. She needed her life back. But when the truth is discovered, will it forever taint her home and her life?

What demons are released when memories unfold?

Thus begins the first in the Kate Harrison Detective series.

Yes, It’s finally happening!  The Reason is out!! I’m really excited about this. It will be the beginning of a series featuring Kate Harrison, a Private Investigator. It’s also the story of the love between the two main characters, Kate and her husband, Paul Harrison, a detective on the police force in a county north of Chicago. Two people who have had their share of tragedy and heartache. They found the love that eases the nightmares and soothes the pain of their damaged souls.

I just got my first review on The Reason!! and it was a great one! I’m very excited about it.  See below or go to the website for Chicago Writers Association, click on Windy City Reviews and there it is! Nothing makes an author feel like a good author then a good review.




Both The Reason and Chicago Bound are available on Amazon. The Reason is also available at Barnes & Noble.

And remember, if you enjoyed The Reason or Chicago Bound, please do a review on Amazon. Good reviews really do help generate sales. It’s greatly appreciated by this  author and others, as well.

If you are part of a readers group, I would be more than happy to meet with them. It’s great fun to talk about writing, and the books that I like, as well as written. Just e-mail me at sandycbound@gmail.com.

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If ordered directly from me the purchase price for Chicago Bound is now only $10.00, plus $3.75 for shipping and handling for a total of $13.75. The Price for The Reason is $14.00, plus $3.75 for shipping and handling.

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Reviewed by David Steven Rappoport. The Reason by Sandra M. Colbert is a compelling page-turner about a heinous murder. From the beginning, there is little doubt who committed the crime. The suspense that drives the book is not whodunit but why they done it. As such, although the book is built on some of the elements of the detective novel, The Reason is not a conventional mystery. It reads more like a true crime narrative even though the crime is fictional. The psychology of the murderer is fascinating, and the crime is sufficiently vile that it is difficult to imagine a motive. Building on these elements deftly, Colbert drives the reader onward in fascination. While putting in a new fence in their garden, private investigator Kate Harrison and her police officer husband Paul discover a human skeleton. Pursuing the available clues, Kate and the police quickly identify the body and notify the next of kin. It is apparent from the beginning that this relative is involved in the crime. Yet, the circumstances of the crime are initially vague and as the clues emerge, they are increasingly hateful. Colbert eventually leads us to an explanation of what occurred and why, with the requisite twists and turns that a reader expects in this kind of novel. Sandra M. Colbert writes crime fiction well. Her prose is lean but effective, her characters are engaging, and the situations she creates are always interesting. Perhaps the revelation at the end is a bit too long, and it is difficult to understand why this particular villain is forthcoming with a confession at the end but had not been earlier. Also, the devoted mystery reader may hope that in future Kate Harrison books, the author reverts to a more traditional mystery structure: multiple plausible suspects and a knock-out surprise at the end when the murderer is revealed. These are minor concerns in the midst of a compelling read. Sandra M. Colbert keeps the reader fascinated—essential in this genre. I recommend this book to those who enjoy mystery novels and look forward to reading future Kate Harrison mysteries.