Christian Belz Books and Publications

Ken Knoll Architectural Mysteries

In The Accused Architect, published by Cozy Cat Press, complications rattle architect Ken Knoll’s business and personal life as he returns from the holidays to find himself searching for a missing dead man. Events are set in motion when Edison, Ken’s well-meaning intern, removes the corpse from a project site to deter a police investigation from delaying the construction schedule. Now the body has disappeared and Ken is driven to find it and solve the crime before repercussions ruin the firm. The mystery deepens when another body is found on the same project site. Ken finds himself faced with solving two puzzling murders, one beset by a police investigation, the other a murder known only to Edison and the killer, all the while trying to keep up with his job, keep his boss and his clients happy, and juggling relationship issues with his girlfriend.


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In Civic Center Corpse, published by Cozy Cat Press, architect Ken “Cannoli” Knoll’s world is turned upside down when the sign on his new project, the Neumann Auditorium, plunges from the building killing Jerome Neumann, the businessman who donated $3 million to the project. Cannoli’s boss dispatches him to prove that the firm’s design was not at fault. Cannoli is appalled to find his old college classmate turned investigative reporter, Shirley Hansen, poking around. She is there at every step of the investigation, a thorn in Cannoli’s side, looking for the dirt and the killer as he seeks to solve the murder.

Neumann’s wife insists the sign’s falling was not an accident and begs Cannoli to prove that her husband was, in fact, killed by his mistress when he broke off their affair. Cannoli wonders if perhaps it was the wife who murdered him when he decided on the mistress.

Meanwhile, Cannoli is delighted when a Hollywood actress appears at the site of the sign plunge, intrigued by the death. Ken begins seeing her romantically, despite his intern Edison’s warnings about his sudden good fortune.

There are plenty of suspects, as Cannoli discovers Neumann’s former business partner held a grudge against him for a deal that went bad and ruined his life. He wonders about Michigan poet Molly Gross, who, despite her position on the city’s planning board, was an outspoken critic of the project. And there’s the activist group who had protested, sometimes violently, the destruction of the library’s old Fitzgerald Reading Room to build the auditorium. As Cannoli digs deeper, his prime suspect is murdered and suddenly he finds his own life in danger.



“A Special Eggplant,” Thunderclap Press Issue No. 9, March 2012.

“Suzanne and the Boys,” Journal of Microliterature, available online here

“Chambers” won Grand Prize in Bright Harvest Prize prose competition, sponsored by Aquarius Press, in Dec. 2011, and was published July, 2012.

“Library Quest” is included in the anthology “Short Sips: Coffee House Flash Fiction,” edited by Jessica A. Weiss and published by Wicked East Press. Available on here

“Blood on the Balustrade” was published online by Over My Dead Body September, 2011, and can be found online here


“Why I Like Tuesdays” was awarded an honorable mention in Soul Making Literary Competition, January 2012.

“Kiss” was published by WestWard Quarterly in the Winter 2012 issue,

“Music Plays” was published online by “Yes, Poetry”in January, 2012,Vol. 3 Issue 1.

“Euphoria” was published by The Storyteller Magazine in the Oct/Nov/Dec 2011 issue.

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