R. Barri Flowers

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R. Barri Flowers
R. Barri Flowers
R. Barri Flowers
BornRonald Barri Flowers
(1956-10-25) October 25, 1956 (age 65)[1]
Detroit, Michigan, United States
GenreTrue crime, Teen and adult non-fiction
SubjectCriminology, Thrillers, Romance
Notable worksJustice Served
Masters of True Crime

Ronald Barri Flowers[1] is an American writer of mystery novels and non-fiction books, as well as a criminologist. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Early life and education[edit]

Flowers was born the second of five children in Michigan. He attended Mumford High School on the northwest side of Detroit. He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of arts degree in 1977 and a masters of science in 1980, both in criminal justice. In 2006, he was inducted into the MSU Criminal Justice Wall of Fame.[2]


In 2004, after previously writing non-fiction books and short stories, Flowers wrote his first legal thriller, Persuasive Evidence.[3]

He has written 12 romance novels under the pseudonym "Devon Vaughn Archer" and was the first male author for Harlequin's Arabesque imprint. Midwest Book Review described Kissing the Girl Next Door, a title in the series, as romance that "flows off the page."[4]

Flowers' short story, "The Wrong End of A Gun Barrel," was included in author Curt Colbert's Seattle Noir. It was released in spring 2009 as a part of Akashic Books' noir series.[5]

He has edited two mystery and one true-crime anthology, including Masters of True Crime, released by Prometheus Books in July 2012.[6] He also writes short stories and collections.[7]

He appeared on Investigation Discovery's "Wicked Attraction" series in an episode titled "Twisted Twosome."[8] Flowers also appeared in A&E's 2008 Biography Channel crime series episode "The Love Slave Murders" about the Gerald and Charlene Gallego case depicted in his true crime book The Sex Slave Murders, an excerpt of which was printed in the February 1997 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. It was also included in Suspense Magazine's Best of 2011 books.[9]

Flowers was profiled in a Q&A article on Yahoo! Voices in May 2012.[10]


His 2005 book, Justice Served, was nominated for a Romantic Times Award.[11]


True crime[edit]

  • The Sex Slave Murders (1996, 2012) (ISBN 978-1461191001)
  • Murders in the United States (Sept 2004) (ISBN 978-0786420759)[12]
  • Mass Murder in the Sky (Feb 2012) (eBook edition)
  • Serial Killer Couples (April 2012) (ISBN 978-1475200072)
  • The Pickaxe Slave Killers (April 2013) (ISBN 9781301333806)
  • Murder at the Pencil Factory (May 2013) (ISBN 9781301379514)
  • The Sex Slave Murders 2 (July 2013) (ISBN 9781301508372)
  • Dead at the Saddleworth Moor (July 2013) (ISBN 9781301114870)
  • Killers of the Lonely Hearts (Aug 2013) (ISBN 9781301424313)
  • Murder of a Star Quarterback (Sept 2013) (ISBN 9781301174218)
  • Murder Chronicles (November 2014) (ISBN 978-1503391024)



Young adult fiction[edit]

Young adult fiction (under pseudonym)[edit]

Romance novels[edit]

  • Forever Sweethearts (Nov 2012) (e-book edition)

Under pseudonym[edit]



  1. ^ a b Flowers, Ronald B. (1 January 1990). The Adolescent Criminal: An Examination of Today's Juvenile Offender. McFarland. ISBN 9780899504797. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Wall of Fame - Past Inductees". Michigan State University site. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  3. ^ "Reviews: Persuasive Evidence". Romance in Color. December 2004. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
  4. ^ "Kissing the Girl Next Door". Midwest Book Review. December 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  5. ^ "Fiction Review: Seattle Noir by Curt Colbert". Publishers Weekly. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2012-11-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Alumnus compiles crime stories". The State News. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
  7. ^ "Alumnus compiles crime stories". The State News. Retrieved 2012-11-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Wicked Attraction Episode Guide Season 1, Investigation Discovery site, August 2008, retrieved 2012-11-07
  9. ^ "Serial Killer Couples Bonded by Sexual Depravity, Abduction and Murder (scroll down)". The Big Thrill. January 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "An Interview with Best-Selling True Crime Writer R. Barri Flowers". Yahoo! Voices. May 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  11. ^ "Can Men Write Romance Fiction? And Do Men Read Romances?". Romance Novel TV. May 5, 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  12. ^ "Murders in the United States: Crimes, Killers and Victims of the Twentieth Century, by R. Barri Flowers". Booklist Online. Retrieved 2012-11-08.

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