Author Richard Behrens sadly passed away in  2017, but he left a legacy of fine writing in multiple genres.     

The first of three books is now available on Amazon. Garden Bay Stories includes some of Richard’s most personal writings, semi-autobiographical tales of growing in in Queens, NY in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as some selected poetry written to his wife Anna.   The other two books will follow quickly, and be available by August 2018. They include a collection of non-fiction essays on a variety topics including literature, film, mysticism, and true crime, entitled Moons and Monoliths, as well as  a complete collection of his completed Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Mysteries entitled The Audible Amnesiac, which will contain some previously unpublished stories, and some of his fan favorites. Many  thanks to all who contributed to Richard Behrens’ GoFundMe campaign, your generosity made the publication of these books possible.

The Minuscule Monk is now available for FREE on Amazon for three days!

The Minuscule Monk

The Minuscule Monk

The Minuscule Monk: A Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective Mystery by Richard Behrens is now on sale for FREE at for three days only. Take advantage of this great offer to download, read, and review the second in a series of mysteries starring the Girl Detective that the Fall River Historical Society has called “fearlessly cunning, charismatic, and thoroughly enchanting!” Shelley Dziedzic, editor of has said of the series: “…so much fun, it’s nearly criminal!” The book also includes a great cover illustration by artist Marc Reed.

This sale is for the Kindle edition and will last from 9/24 – 9/26 on the Amazon store.

When a dead body mysteriously appears in the basement of her father’s furniture store, 15 year-old Lizzie Andrew Borden immediately takes on the case. Accompanied by an eccentric millionaire who campaigns to extend the vote to animals; a Boston terrier trained to sniff out crooked politicians; and a boy detective who believes the entire universe to be inside his own head, Lizzie follows a trail of taxidermy tools and Civil War bushwhackers to the Minuscule Monk, a legendary gunslinger whose mummified body will bring a punter’s pot to anyone who can deliver it to the New York gangster who has been hunting the Monk for decades. With such high stakes, everyone has a motive for murder, yet everyone seems innocent. Or perhaps, as Lizzie suspects after attending a dinner party with non-existent food and meeting a horse that has turned into its opposite, none of it is even real. Lizzie Borden, the Girl Detective of Fall River, is at her most spirited in The Minuscule Monk, a comic mystery that paints a portrait of Fall River at the height of its splendor and its most infamous citizen at the start of her most excellent career.

Richard Behrens is the co-founder of Nine Muses Books and author of the Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective series of mysteries. He is a contributor to The Hatchet: A Journal of Lizzie Borden and Victorian Studies and a regular lecturer on eccentric Victorian women and silent film comedy. Richard is a native New Yorker, now living in New England,

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Short stories now available on Amazon

AgitatedElocutionistThe Agitated Elocutionist by author Richard Behrens is now available in e-book format on  This is the first release of five short stories in the Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective series of mini-mysteries including The Forlorn Maggie, The Purloined Curio, The Sculling Boat and The Melancholy Scion.  Each story will be available in its own e-book.  All five should be up by the end of next week.  Coming soon in the summer of 2015 are three brand new stories and a full-length novel, The Minuscule Monk.  Check back here for more details, updates, and exclusive new material.

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Amazon Review Call

To those of you who have read Richard Behrens’ book Lizzie Borden: Girl Detective, we invite you to review it on

There is a new service on Amazon that looks for reviews to select a book to be sold on their site in other formats:

“AmazonEncore is a new program whereby Amazon will use information such as customer reviews on to identify exceptional, overlooked books and authors with more potential than their sales may indicate. Amazon will then partner with the authors to re-introduce their books to readers through marketing support and distribution into multiple channels and formats, such as the Books Store, Amazon Kindle Store,, and national and independent bookstores via third-party wholesalers. Browse our books below, and check out AmazonEncore titles available on Kindle.”

If you read the book and loved it, please visit and offer up your opinions. It might help Richard get chosen for this honor!