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Craig A. Hart Books In Order

Publication Order of Shelby Alexander Books

Serenity (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Serenity Stalked (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Serenity Avenged (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Serenity Submerged (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Serenity Engulfed (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Serenity Betrayed (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Serenity Reborn (2020) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Spyco Books

Assignment: Athens (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assignment: Paris (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assignment: Istanbul (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assignment: Sydney (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assignment: Alaska (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assignment: Dublin (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assignment: London (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Simon Wolfe Mystery Books

Night at Key West (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Magician of Wrigley Street (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Becoming Moon (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Stark and Stormy Night (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Son-in-Law (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Craig A. Hart is an American author and audiobook narrator. He debuted as a writer in 2013 with The Magician of Wrigley Street and then in 2015 he wrote, Becoming Moon, that was published on Kindle Press. The book was featured on Northern Public Radio as a selection in their Winter Book series. The book would then go on to win the Best Novel of Summer 2015 award from Pinnacle Awards.

In addition to that book, Hart is also the author of the historical mystery book, Night at Key West, and is also the author of two thriller series of book: the SpyCo thriller series that he writes with S.J. Varengo and the Shelby Alexander Thriller series that he writes on his own.

Hart has done a lot of work in the publishing world leading up to publishing his first novel. Hart served as editor-in-chief for The Rusty Nail literary magazine for some time, he was also a manager for Sweatshoppe Media, and publisher for Northern Lake Publishing. He’s seemingly held every job you could in the publishing industry. Craig also worked as a d director for Northern Illinois Radio Information Service, a broadcast outreach that brings daily news to the visually impaired.

Craig has also worked in the world of podcasts and radio shows. He was the host of the interview program The Games & Writers Show. He now works as the host of the Good Sentences podcast with author S. J. Varengo, who he writes the SpyCo Thriller series with.

He was a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, but now lives and writes in Iowa City, Iowa. He is married with twin boys who he raises as a stay-at-home dad. The family also has an anti-social cat. He gets most of his writing done when the kids aren’t tearing the house apart which means mostly after they have gone to bed. Hart keeps a blog at his website where he focuses on posting articles that help other writers to write or improve their writing.

Craig always loved reading from a young age and started writing when he was in his teenage years. When he was in his twenties, writing turned from a hobby into an obsession. Like many writers, he doesn’t always love the act of writing but he loves when he has written. His is highly inspired by the works of Hemingway and Capote, but he admits that he doesn’t write quite like them. Still, reading them can’t help but to be inspirational for any writer.

One of Hart’s most popular series is the Shelby Alexander series of books that starts out with Serenity. The book focuses on the Shelby Alexander who is an ex-boxer and retired fixer that has just moved back to the small town that he grew up in. The town is called Serenity and he has plans to retire and spend his golden years relaxing and fishing in the lakes of Michigan state.

One day while making his coffee, he looks out the window to see a pile of rags outside. He goes to check it out and finds that the rags is actually a person, Jenny Ellis of the notorious Ellis family. Shelby does what he can to save her, but the damage has been done. It doesn’t take long for Jenny’s drug dealer brother to turn up at Shelby’s and try to get him to find out who killed his sister. Shelby will soon realize that there is another drug lord in town, plus crooked lawmen in his way. Shelby is a man of principles, but in this book he might be in over his head.

Another series by Craig A. Hart is the Simon Wolfe Mystery series. The first book is called Night at Key West and focuses on a private investigator named Simon Wolfe who is hired to follow his friend’s wife as the friend suspects her of adultery. Wolfe reluctantly takes the case, but he would never believe that this one would lead him into a friendship with the world’s leading writer, Ernest Hemingway. This book is based on a real life tale that Hart did a ton of research into to fully get the feel of the story and he does a great job with recreating the era and the mood of Key West at the time.

The case accelerates when the wife is found murdered in a Key West hotel and her secret life comes to the surface. Simon should be investigating, but he’s caught up with Hemingway and ends up on a three-day boat cruise with fishing, drinking, and careless celebration. When he returns he finds that he has a ton of work to do on the case as the body of his friend’s wife has disappeared and his friend has now been arrested for murder. The plot thickens and Wolfe will need to act fast if he wishes to clear his friend’s name.

Hart’s first breakout novel was called Becoming Moon. The story is a coming-of-age tale about a young man struggling to be himself in a repressive family. He has a dream to become a writer and is forced to turn away from everything he knows in order to accomplish that dream. As he struggles to make a name for himself in the world, he’s given an opportunity of a lifetime and in order to achieve it he will need to compromise his entire belief system. The compromise leads to wealth and recognition, but those feelings are fleeting and he soon finds himself depressed. He heads of to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where he hopes to find his muse and restart his writing career. It is here that he meets an older author named Nigel Moon who gives him a second chance to prove himself and put the past away. This is a story about exorcising past demons and finding redemption through the written word.

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