Hello! Welcome to La Plume Press.

La Plume Press is an independent small press with a focus on cozy mysteries. La Plume also publishes young adult, sweet romance and historical fiction. In 2017 we launched the Ginger Gold Mysteries Series, a cozy mystery series set in 1920s England. We are excited to be releasing two new series in 2019. The  Higgins & Hawke Mystery series is spinoff series from Ginger Gold set in 1930s Boston.

Funkland World is our first children's book series! A fusion of real life and imaginary, the characters of Funkland World are delightful, eccentric, and exotic. Through books, songs, and other media, kids everywhere will fall in love with their fabulous new friends.

Books are published in English worldwide, in ebook, print and audiobook formats. Select publications are available in German and Spanish and translations.

We welcome inquiries regarding rights licensing, particularly for foreign language markets as well as film and media. Contact us to learn more.


Coming Soon!

Death by Rum Running...

It’s the hot and humid East Coast summer of 1931 and seven years since Dr. Haley Higgins’ brother Joe was murdered. The case is cold. The Boston Police Department may have given up on finding Joe Higgins’ killer, but Haley never will. She’s serious and savvy and has what it takes to hold up under depressive times. At least she finds some satisfaction doing her part as the city pathologist’s assistant in solving other crimes.

Investigative reporter Samantha Hawke ~ byline Sam Hawke ~ is blond, beautiful and broke, no thanks to her no good husband who’s been on the lam for over six years. Her position at the Boston Daily Record is more than a job ~ it’s payback.

When a man is found dead at the Bell in Hand Tavern on Union Street, Haley and Samantha are both working the case. Haley’s looking for justice and Samantha’s after recognition and a raise. They may want the same thing ~ to catch a killer ~ but it turns out they may need each other to solve this case before becoming the next victims.

Stanley the Walrus...

Stanley is a very friendly walrus who lives at Funkland World. Everyone who knows Stanley loves him and wants to be his friend. The only problem is ~ Stanley is lacking in hygiene. 

Meet the Team.

Lee Strauss - Director

​​​​Lee is the bestselling author of the Ginger Gold Mysteries series; A Nursery Rhyme Mystery series, The Perception Trilogy, and young adult historical fiction with over a million books read. She has titles published in German, Spanish, and Korean, and a growing audio library.

She also writes younger YA fantasy as Elle Lee Strauss.

Contact Lee: admin@laplumepress.com

Administration & Media

Shadi Bleiken manages the administration and media departments at La Plume Press.

Contact Shadi: admin@laplumepress.com

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Marketing, Rights, & Creative 

Norm Strauss is the head of marketing for La Plume Press. He also handles rights licensing and acts as a creative consultant. 

Contact Norm: admin@laplumepress.com

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