Literary Retro Snapshots and Quirky Whodunits offer a new voice in Northwest fiction.

Gehla S. Knight is a fifth-generation Oregonian who captures the Northwest flavor in quirky, madcap commercial fiction as well as literary novels highlighting West Coast themes.

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Old Wives' Tales:  Bedtime Stories Grandma Never Told You

Old Wives' Tales uncovers the erotic secrets  of women long past their sexual prime. Thesis interviewer Charlotte Pulver exposes their reminiscences of deflowerings, torrid affairs, romances, dangerous liaisons. betrayals, lusty lovers and sins of the heart as well as the flesh.


Under the pen name Ray Bates, these police procedurals feature gritty, street-smart cops who prowl Portland's underbelly in search of gold nuggets among the city's hardcore schemers.

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Kiss of the Cobra

A Detective John Bowers Mystery

Kiss of the Cobra, the eighth in the Detective John Bowers series, reunites Bowers and his partner Detective Minola Raye on a desperate pursuit. This time the Portland Homicide Team tries to fit the puzzle pieces together after gruesome murders of young, single women with no plausible connection.


"Morality comes in all shapes and forms.  One person’s sin is another’s salvation.  Culture, social mores, religion, character – all these things influence our views on what is wrong and right.  My books delve into the murky, undefined areas of morality.  Often, the truth is found somewhere in the middle, in the gray-zone.  That is the most interesting aspect of life."


Home of Detective John Bowers

Police Procedurals for True-Crime Junkies and Mystery Buffs

Ray Bates' background and experience as a criminal investigator working with law enforcement and the criminal justice system provide the foundation for a series of police procedurals with hard-hitting realism tempered with sexy romance and fleshed out characters.