Eugenia Lovett West

Selected Works:

"...all will cheer the courageous and stylish Emma, who typically dons a Hermes scarf when slipping into sleuthing mode." Publisher's Weekly
"...A fast paced-page turner...strong characters...interesting backgrounds with international flair. An engaging read." Dominick Dunne
Historical Thriller
A Gothic thriller set on a sugar plantation in Jamaica, WI in the 1870's.

Quick Links

Overkill published by Thomas Dunne/​St. Martin's Press

In this fast-moving sequel to Without Warning, former opera diva Emma Streat has moved to Boston after rebuilding her shattered life ( murder of CEO husband and bombed house on the Connecticut River). Suddenly she receives an SOS from Venice. She must come at once to intervene in a disastrous affair between her opera singer niece, Vanessa, and the notorious playboy who races cars. Vanessa's accompanist is murdered, and the night after Emma and Vanessa arrive in Boston, Vanessa is struck down by what appears to be the first case of Avian flu in this country. As the plot moves between Boston, Venice, England, and Ireland, Emma must cope with the complex medical world. Once again she finds herself working with her one-time lover, a charismatic British lord who consults for a Secret Service. A brilliant doctor now complicates this situation. Emma must now use her talent for making unlikely connections to uncover a lethal global network that sells stolen viruses--and save herself from a horrifying death.

The pigeons returned. The three young girls with eyebrow rings sat down at the next table, chattering and tossing their hair. I put some euros on the table and stood up, knocking the chair over. Two words were drumming through my head: Get out. Get out. Get out.

...this morning, in a weak moment, I had let myself imagine what it would be like to live with him in this house. In fairness, I had always known that I would take second place behind his work, but once again it was painfully clear where I stood in his life. The outsider.

Beacon Hill, Boston
I began to walk towards them, needing to get air in my lungs. With no warning, the familiar world had taken on a new dimension. The threat of a pandemic was real—and Vanessa was the cause. And I, Emma Metcalf Streat, was a possible spreader of death and disease.

Emma first appeared in Without Warning. St. Martin's Press 2007

A woman. A murder. A mission. In Eugenia L. West's first mystery Without Warning, they come together to tell the riveting tale of Emma Streat, a dynamic ex-opera singer who has spent the past twenty years in Connecticut as wife and mother of two sons. But when Emma's mega-successful CEO husband dies in an unlikely hit and run accident, she starts her own hunt for his killer. She is plunged into the high stakes world of illegal weapons, global threats-and murders. She meets an intriguing British peer who works undercover to smoke out spies. But tracking down criminals is hazardous work and Emma pays a heartbreaking price.

Click on

Thanks for coming to this site. I attended Sarah Lawrence College and worked briefly for Harper's Bazaar and the American Red Cross. Then came marriage in 1944 to a dashing fighter pilot, followed by four children and volunteer work. I did a stint as a free lance reporter for local papers in New Jersey, then made the leap to writing novels. Doubleday and Ballantine published a historical/​suspense, The Ancestors Cry Out. Next, as a dedicated mystery fan, I self-published my first attempt as a Christmas present to family. They liked it, so I entered a contest for first mysteries sponsored by St. Martin's Press. It didn't win the contest, but it did give me a contract. For a wannabe published writer, it doesn't get much better than that. Without Warning came out in 2007, and Overkill in 2009. The third Emma Streat is in the works. I've come to love Emma as the she digs deep to rebuild her shattered life. We are all, I think, reaching for ways to live our daily lives with strength and courage--and this becomes even more of a challenge when you enter your nineties. My goal is to provide total immersion into interesting people and places. I spend summers in Holderness, NH, and the rest of the year in Essex, CT. I'm blessed with four great children, four grandchildren,and a large extended family. And it's a blessing to wake up in the morning with the urge to create.