Training Consultant Writes Mysteries For Change Of Pace

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"Client work is rewarding, but it’s technical, and exacting. Writing fiction is a great way to recharge." - Karen Fields

Cover photos of two Ellen Sparks books

The first two novels in the Ellen Sparks mystery series

My goal is to write a mystery that makes you smile a little — and think about things that you might not have considered before.

When Karen Fields works with the clients of her consulting firm, Learning-Dynamics, she focuses on their requirements, specifically on finding the best way to teach employees to do new things.

So, how do you combine entertainment with murder?

Well, you start with Ellen Sparks, whose occupation is “Employee Relations Director,” in a San Diego biotechnology company. Ellen’s extended family consists of her 13-year-old niece, her best friends—a gay couple that owns a bakery, and her newly acquired boyfriend— a homicide detective. Between her responsibilities at work and the trials and tribulations of the people closest to her, Ellen finds herself in a myriad of interesting situations. And then of course, there are those pesky dead bodies that she somehow seems to stumble upon from time to time.

Ellen has a sixth sense for what makes people tick. This is one of the reasons she loves working in Human Resources, but it’s also why she is able to see patterns in seemingly random occurrences that help her figure out who the bad guys are. During the course of the novels, Ellen transforms from a shy, follow-the-rules corporate citizen, into a take-no-prisoners crime fighter.

Read an Ellen Sparks novel and you’ll find new appreciation for the cozy mystery genre. Available from Amazon, in eBook or Paperback
BOOK 1 - The Original Daughter:
BOOK 2 - Certainly Dead:


Karen Fields has spent over twenty years working in the human resource and employee development departments of large corporations. Presently, she is the owner of Learning-Dynamics, LLC, a consulting firm that provides training solutions for large and small businesses.

Craig Deutsch
Phone: (619) 787-8995
E-mail: cdeutsch(at)gmail(dot)com


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