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A Cup of Hemlock and Raggedy Man are available for purchase!


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Clyde Curley
2112 J Street Bellingham, WA 98225


Readers praise A Cup of Hemlock

"This novel…packs a unique punch, thanks to the author’s insights from his former career as a high school English teacher, which makes it hard to put down. [It] effectively explores the tension between what government, administrators and parents think is best for young people, and what actually is best for them. Readers who don’t have backgrounds in the world of education will have the sense of a curtain being pulled back, revealing a consequential, dramatic world they never knew existed. A worthy, suspenseful crime novel."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Clyde Curley’s prodigious novels explore and expose undercurrents in today’s society via his intriguing and captivating Detective Toussaint mystery series. Classic mystery aficionados will connect with the series’ cast of characters (and that includes the quirky city of Portland), their complex storylines and enthralling denouements. Curley’s deft use of a murder mystery to microscopically explore ethical issues is nothing short of brilliant. A Cup of Hemlock is a satisfying mystery that will linger with the reader long after the last page is read."
- Chanticleer Book Reviews

"More than just a police whodunit, A Cup of Hemlock considers the choices and moral complexities adults and the young people they mentor and teach must confront following a murder in a Portland high school. This strong second novel in the Toussaint series won’t disappoint!"
- Joan Becker, Netarts, Oregon

"Matthew Toussaint and Missy Owens come to life again in this fast-paced, complex novel of the murder of a popular teacher. A Cup of Hemlock is a novel for the reader who thrives on philosophy and questions of good and evil in human nature."
- Victoria Kuhns Wheeler, Milwaukie, Oregon

Honors, Awards, and Praise for Raggedy Man

Chanticleer Book Review Writing Competition
Clue Award Grand Prize for Thriller, Mystery & Suspense Fiction

The National Indie Excellence Awards
Finalist, Mystery Category

The Great Northwest Book Festival
Honorable Mention, General Fiction

Eric Hoffer Book Awards
Finalist, da Vinci Eye category for cover art

"I picked up this lovely paperback, drawn by its evocative cover. I was rewarded with a fabulous, well written, gripping tale. I can't wait for more Detective Toussaint. He is a character with a back story worthy of Henning Mankel or Michael Connelly, and one feels the development is just beginning. There are in fact several interesting characters whose stories I want to know more about. The Portland locale adds a piquant layer with political and social implications; but this fine novel could be enjoyed on so many levels that that intrigue is just icing."
- Bobby Tichenor, proprietor, Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland

"This police procedural, set in Portland, Oregon, features Detective Sergeant Matthew Toussaint and a cast of characters ranging from homeless drifters to corporate grifters. It is long on character development, plotting, and atmosphere. But the author, a retired high school English teacher, clearly loves the power of story and invokes everything from Greek tragedy to American doggerel as he weaves this tale of murder, corruption, and family dysfunction. Curley has talent for creating atmosphere and developing characters. I'd welcome seeing him develop this first book into a series."
– Barbara McMichael, Kitsap Sun