AUTHOR OF ‘IMPERFECT’ (Completed, Currently Seeking Agent Representation), ‘SOMEONE DOESN’T KNOW’ (At Second Draft Stage) AND ‘COME INTO THE LIGHT’ (First Draft Completed)

Stephen Winn

This is a great opportunity to thank some truly great mystery writers who have led to the creation of my novels. Paramount among them, gratitude is expressed to American crime writer Robert B. Parker, who unfortunately left us on January 18, 2010. To me, that date meant that so many more great original works were never to be. Truly a sad moment in my life, since I have cherished each of his many books. Robert has been a substantial influence, and his works were a primary reason for my desire to write crime novels.

There are many others that I must thank as well. I have read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s great adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. Watson, several times while growing up. I visited 221B Baker Street in London, England, in my teens and named one of my early rock & roll bands ‘Baker Street’. I even decided to include a reference to Mr. Holmes in my novel titled ‘Imperfect’ as a small tribute.

My youth also embraced many stories by Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming and Mickey Spillane. I can recall having a frayed copy of a Spillane paperback in the back pocket of my jeans many times as a young boy.

The idea to be a crime writer came to me a few short decades later. It occurred like a bolt of lightning while I was standing under a hot shower getting ready to face yet another Monday morning in the financial industry. A few minutes earlier I had just turned the final few pages of yet another Lee Child novel I just had to finish before starting my day. I was so immersed (no pun intended) in an explosion of thought about writing a crime novel, I forgot to rinse the shampoo off of my head as I reached for a towel.

I have been excited about every moment of time spent researching and writing my novels ever since. I have always been a creative person and explored many outlets for expression including many years as a guitarist and music teacher, then later as a city planner and urban designer. My life started the first chapter in an entirely new book, however, when I began to write murder mystery stories.

Mack Sampson, the principal character in my current set of stories, is the multi-talented head of an agency called ‘Mackenzie Investigations’ in Boston, Massachusetts. He and his team are retained on a wide variety of fascinating and incredibly demanding cases. The first three are:

‘IMPERFECT’ focuses on efforts to solve the murder of a wealthy executive who went out drinking and playing cards with some old friends at a favorite watering hole on a Friday night as usual. Why would someone want to kill him? It turns out that there was much more going on in his life than anyone realized. The twists and turns in this strange tale will leave you guessing who-done-it until the last pages are turned.

‘SOMEONE DOESN’T KNOW’ centers on a financial wizard in his mid-thirties that’s fed up with a life he’s convinced is destined for tragedy very soon. He’s a bachelor that wants to settle down but lacks any semblance of a decent future while he’s trapped under the thumb of a mafia boss and his son. He finally decides to make a serious effort to change his life for the better. The tragic and incredibly challenging consequences of his actions, however, are far from anything he could ever have predicted in his wildest dreams.

‘COME INTO THE LIGHT’; starts with a terrorist plot involving enormous potential harm to the citizens of the City of Boston and surrounding areas. The dark hostile plan is partially revealed at a crowded late night house party. A man standing out back in the shadows having a cigarette, overhears three others arguing heatedly about the details of a sinister scheme. When a fight breaks out, the man flees the party only to find out later he has been identified and implicated in a brutal stabbing death that ensued after his departure. You won’t be able to put this book down easily.

There are more books planned for this series of murder adventures and others in a further series as well. I certainly hope that you enjoy reading one or all of them as much as I have had the pleasure of planning and writing them for you.

Thank you so much for spending a few moments here at my web site, and please come back and visit again from time to time for updates!

Please see comments made by my readers below.

– Stephen Winn

Stephen and Harley

A portion of the profit from every Stephen Winn book sold will be donated

to a registered charity for the disabled.


  • Mary h
    February 26, 2018, 8:01 pm  Reply

    I have just finished reading the latest from Stephen, At The End Of The Lane. What an amazing book. Usually life gets in the way of my reading, but not this time! I couldn’t put it down. Wow, from start to finish, it kept me engrossed all the way through. I was anticipating what was to come next as I turned the pages. I was so sure I knew how this book would end; boy I was wrong. Stephen, thank you for the privilege of being one of the first to read At The End Of The Lane.

    • February 27, 2018, 10:14 am

      Mary, men apparently read most of the mob novels. I wanted to write one that would be enjoyed equally as much by women, so I intertwined two story lines and gave it a double slam-bang ending no one would ever guess. Like Pamela below, you’ve confirmed it worked out. Thank you!

  • Mary h
    February 21, 2018, 8:53 pm  Reply

    I had the pleasure of reading Come Into The Light. What a terrific read. I know when a book really has my interest, for I see it in my mind’s eye as a movie. It is well written and very intriguing. As I was on the last page, I felt a sense of disappointment it was over. I would recommend this book to all I know. Thank you so much for the entertainment Stephen Winn.

    • February 22, 2018, 7:05 am

      I really appreciated your comments in the draft you returned, Mary. You caught some things I missed, so the book is better thanks to you. I recall you telling me that you watched a lot of mobster shows with your dear departed dad when you were younger, so now I’m the beneficiary of those experiences!

  • Pamela mclauchlan
    February 18, 2018, 10:51 am  Reply

    Hi Stephen, I am honoured to be once again one of the first readers of draft one of your fourth novel in the Mack & M mystery series: “At the End of the Lane”.
    What a great story. I couldn’t put it down – stayed up late to finish it! (I kept saying ‘one more chapter then I’ll stop’ … but I couldn’t.) You did a wonderful job in your first attempt at weaving two plot lines together: lots of twists and turns. Your story made me think and ask questions and guess (several times) at ‘who dunnit’. The story kept me in suspense all the way through. I think that this novel is the best one in the series so far. Can’t wait to see what you come up with in number five!

    • February 18, 2018, 4:40 pm

      Pam, I couldn’t buy my way to a better comment than yours if I tried! I was proud of this fourth novel as a rough first draft right from the get-go. You’ve confirmed my thoughts and hopes about it, and I thank you for that. I’m certainly excited to see what other reviewers say as well, but I already know it has a lot of potential. Thanks again.

  • Lauren Alexander
    February 11, 2018, 2:49 pm  Reply

    Lauren Alexander
    January 30, 2018
    I have had the very special privilege of reading all three of Stephen Winn’s unpublished novels: IMPERFECT, SOMEONE DOESN’T KNOW and COME INTO THE LIGHT. What can I say about them? They absolutely need to be published! I think it would be a crime, “literally” for countless readers who love the “whodunit” genre, to not be able to immerse themselves in these novels and future stories. Stephen, you are a wonderful storyteller. Your third novel, COME INTO THE LIGHT was superb and I can hardly wait to read your fourth completed novel. Honestly, I will be the first to my feet to applaud you and the publishing company who signs you on. Thanks so much for sharing your passion for writing marvelous stories with all of us. You have a great future ahead! I consider myself a delighted and enduring fan already. My very best to you!

    • February 12, 2018, 12:38 pm

      Lauren, thank you for your glowing comment. Your appreciation makes all my hard work worthwhile. I just finished the first draft of my novel #4, ‘At the End of the Lane.’ It’s in the same series, and I can’t wait to ship it to you!

  • pamela mclauchlan
    November 23, 2017, 11:29 am  Reply

    I just finished reading the FINAL draft of your first thriller: “Imperfect.” I have to say that I had thoroughly enjoyed the first draft; but I must admit I enjoyed the final draft even more: just as much suspense, humour and a great story – but I found it was more “compact” and faster paced along with a KILLER surprise ending! Kudos, Stephen!

    • November 23, 2017, 4:27 pm

      Pam, I know you regularly read a lot of murder mysteries by the best authors, so I thought it made sense to see what you thought of my final draft of IMPERFECT. Now I know the time has come to find a literary agent to represent me. Good thing you didn’t give away the ending in your comment!

  • Brittany
    November 18, 2017, 1:59 pm  Reply

    “Someone Doesn’t Know” is a thrilling roller coaster ride of emotions and action, and a fantastic continuation of the M&M Mysteries saga. You can really see that Stephen has grown as a writer and a story teller from his first novel to his second. He’s on an upward trajectory and I can’t wait to see just how high he’ll go with these fantastic stories!

    • November 18, 2017, 4:13 pm

      Brittany, as one of my main copy editors you have done a fantastic job. My stories are easier to read given your advanced skills with the English language. Thanks for the kind comment! I’m so glad you are enjoying your time spent reading my work.

  • Pamela McLauchlan
    November 17, 2017, 12:23 am  Reply

    I am honoured to be the first reader of the first draft of “Come into the Light” – book 3 in the Mack & M series. Like the two previous novels, it has everything you could want in a mystery/thriller: a fast-paced story line; suspense; thrills; humour; heroes & villains. It kept me guessing right up to the end. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait for #4!

  • Mary Hughes
    August 21, 2017, 12:47 am  Reply

    I just finished your lastest book, Someone Doesn’t Know. I believe it is better than your first book. There is more Intrigue and more description about the people and places, which pulled me in, felt like I was watching the movie or as I was there. When I decided to sit and read the book it didn’t take long. I found myself engrossed in the book, now I can’t wait for the third book to come out.

    • August 24, 2017, 2:04 pm

      I’m pleased you enjoyed Someone Doesn’t Know. “Like I was watching a movie…” you say? I’m biased, but think it would make a great movie! As for comparing my first and second novels, you read a first draft of Imperfect, and a final draft of Someone Doesn’t Know. Stephen King wrote that a final draft = first draft – 10%. I omitted about 12,000 words from Imperfect. It’s now lean and mean too.

  • ted bergen
    July 3, 2017, 2:31 pm  Reply

    “SOMEONE DOESN’T KNOW” has one of the most developed and gripping plots I’ve come across in a long time. Every novel seems to be getting better and better! I can’t wait to read “COME INTO THE LIGHT”

  • June 12, 2017, 3:41 pm  Reply

    IMPERFECT: The first novel from writer Stephen Winn, IMPERFECT has a compelling plotline that introduces the characters and setting while building a solid storyline. The murder case detailed in the novel is unique and well planned out. I’m pretty good at figuring out mysteries, actually thought I had it solved, and I actually never saw the resolution coming. That impressed me.

  • Scott Allison
    June 10, 2017, 8:31 pm  Reply

    SOMEONE DOESN’T KNOW. WOW. I couldn’t put the story down. Highly suspenseful and a must read. Enjoyed the connection with your first book, IMPERFECT. Can’t wait to read your next book to see what Mac and M are up to. Well done

  • Chris TOLLINS
    May 20, 2017, 4:45 pm  Reply

    Stephen provided me with an advance copy of ‘Someone Doesn’t Know’. I greatly enjoyed the further exploration of the characters, and seeing the journeys they take.
    In this novel, we learn more about the dark underbelly of Boston’s organized crime syndicate, and what would happen should you try to leave. Stephen employs a classic writing style, that is refreshing when coupled with modern elements.

  • February 3, 2017, 7:31 pm  Reply

    IMPERFECT: I’ve read the novel 3 times. The characters of Mack and M follow a truly interesting case, and Stephen shows his prowess in developing mystery in chilling suspense. The development of the story page after page, has purpose and poise and still gives the reader some comedic breaks, but never loses the gripping plot from the introduction. Can’t wait to read the next one!

    • February 4, 2017, 1:47 pm

      Ted, I’m very pleased that you were referred to me as a reader/editor of my first novel, and certainly appreciate your diligence. Now I’m anxious to see your comments on ‘Someone Doesn’t Know’. I suspect that the plot twist at the end will shake you up, despite the fact that you’re ex-military! Let’s see…

  • Gary hogarth
    December 22, 2016, 2:08 am  Reply

    With regards to Someone Doesn’t Know, I must say you’ve hit it out of the park once more. It was a great read. Very easy to get into the story and not let go until the end. Lots of twists to peak my interest. That was enjoyable. Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy another good read.

    • December 22, 2016, 2:53 pm

      Gary, commenting at 2:08 am? Did my book keep you up? I know you to be a straight shooter, so your comment means a lot to me. Thank you so much!

  • Pamela
    December 17, 2016, 2:44 pm  Reply

    SOMEONE DOESN’T KNOW … Stephen, I stayed up all night to finish your story: I couldn’t put it down. Lots of suspense and surprises! Fast-paced action. Can’t wait for the next Mack & M adventure. Thanks for a great read!

    • December 22, 2016, 2:41 pm

      Pam, on the one hand I feel bad that you lost so much sleep over my second novel, but on the other, I feel great! You were the first one to complete reading my first draft and I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!

  • November 29, 2016, 9:05 am  Reply

    This does look promising. I’ll keep coming back for more.

  • Shelley
    September 16, 2016, 4:47 pm  Reply

    Great story with loads of detail! It’s easy to picture the ideas in my mind, and there were so many twists and turns it was hard to put down!

  • Lauren A
    July 6, 2016, 1:47 pm  Reply

    LAUREN A. JULY 6, 2016
    I have had the distinct pleasure of reading Mr. Stephen Winn’s first novel IMPERFECT. Mr. Winn has a great future as a novelist and I am looking forward, with much anticipation, to more great books to come. Imperfect is a marvelous story, with great characters, and a very nicely crafted story line. You will want to finish this book in one sitting. Very enjoyable!

    • Stephen
      July 6, 2016, 8:10 pm

      Lauren, what a fine comment from a fellow writer! Though you write non-fiction, I’m sure glad you enjoy reading my genre of crime/detective murder mysteries. I want you to know that your feedback helped to refine my first novel even further, so I thank you for that.

  • Mary h
    January 31, 2016, 2:28 am  Reply

    Stephen, I read your book it was a good read, the more I read the more I got involved with the characters. It was very well written. I thought I knew who the murderer was but your story twist had me fooled. I would recommend this book to others. I can’t wait for your new novel to appear on book shelves.

  • Tricia T
    October 26, 2015, 7:53 pm  Reply

    I was given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Imperfect. It’s written in a style that hearkens back to the classic detective stories. I’m looking forward to reading the whole series!

    • October 26, 2015, 9:14 pm

      Tricia, I am still astounded by the generous effort that you put in to help me make IMPERFECT a better novel. Thank you, thank you … and oh yes, thank you!

  • jOANNE
    October 21, 2015, 1:31 pm  Reply

    Finished the book in a weekend. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down, I had to find out who did it. The plot twists made it a great read. Now I can hardly wait for the next one! Keep on writing!

  • Chris T.
    October 17, 2015, 9:36 pm  Reply

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of the first book Imperfect. This is a real page-turner set in modern day Boston. It’s an excellent mystery with a great potential for a series. I can’t wait to read the next book!

    • October 18, 2015, 11:02 am

      This means a lot to me Chris, especially since you are an author and exceptionally creative as your work on this website attests. Thanks so much for your assistance in commenting on IMPERFECT. Your generosity with time and help hath no bounds. Anytime you need my assistance, just say the word!

  • Gary hogarth
    October 15, 2015, 4:32 pm  Reply

    Hi Stephen, job well done. As you know I read a different genre so it took me some time to get into the story line. Once it grabbed me I could not put it down. I thought I had the plot figured out, I was wrong. Great job
    Gary Hogarth .

    • October 18, 2015, 12:02 pm

      Gary, aka ‘Happy the Clown’: It’s not often that an author can get a professional clown to comment on a book, umm…without clowning around, that is, so thank you!

  • Brittany
    September 29, 2015, 2:05 am  Reply

    The level of detail in Winn’s work immerses your senses in the sights and sounds surrounding the characters, while also making your time spent reading an educational one regarding history and detective work.

    Overall a very enjoyable read.

    • September 29, 2015, 3:08 pm

      Boston is one of the world’s greatest cities, and I’m always fascinated by the people, places and rich history there. Boston was the right choice as the center for much of my writing. Glad you enjoyed the draft of my first book, Brittany.

  • Victor b.
    September 14, 2015, 2:57 pm  Reply

    A lot of murder mysteries come in good binding and collect a lot of dust. Stephen Winn’s recent work won’t be needing a Swiffer any time soon…if ever.

    • September 15, 2015, 4:14 pm

      So with the money saved on Swiffers, Victor, you can buy my next novel. Good thinking!

  • Sandra
    September 14, 2015, 11:40 am  Reply

    My favorite character is Pauline. Hope you keep her in the next one.
    Love the nature scenes. Great job.

    • September 15, 2015, 4:10 pm

      There really is a Pauline that I modelled the character after, Sandra. Many years ago I was a partner in a business in Williamsville, New York, and Pauline was our receptionist. She was a super person and so is remembered in my first novel.

  • Vivian
    September 10, 2015, 1:49 pm  Reply

    Very well done…….Great read, strong interesting characters and a good plot with lots of twists and turns……Cannot wait for number 2…..!!!

  • P. Roden
    September 7, 2015, 2:35 pm  Reply

    I found the book very easy to read and couldn’t put it down once I started reading. I especially like the way the Prologue is referred to at the end of the book.

    • September 7, 2015, 6:12 pm

      I especially like the prologue. I’m told that some literary agents don’t care for them, but I think it works very well in “Imperfect”. I’m so glad that you agree!

  • Scott
    September 2, 2015, 7:33 pm  Reply

    Stephen, Fantastic read. Could not put the book down. Had to find out who did it. Well done

    • Gary Hogarth
      March 11, 2018, 4:40 pm

      It’s a pleasure when you get an opportunity to pick up a book that grabs you quickly. Come Into The Light does just that. I was pleased to see M thrust into the spotlight with an interesting twist to the storyline. Character development was well done Stephan, made everyone more interesting. I really enjoyed the read.. Thanks again for the opportunity.
      Gary Hogarth

  • Pamela
    August 31, 2015, 8:20 pm  Reply

    Stephen, I never knew you had it in you! I thoroughly enjoyed your novel … a real page-turner full of crime, suspense and murder – and even some comedy. can’t wait for your second novel.