Charles was born in a small log cabin along the banks of the Genesee River in Rochester, NY, where he was raised by various woodland creatures. At the tender age of 5, he was sent—without his consent—into society to be “educated.” He endured many years in various institutions of learning, both higher and otherwise, with one ill-advised break to spend some time with his Uncle Sam in the Army. It was during this time that he met his future wife, sweeping her off her feet with tales of derring-do and promises of riches beyond her wildest dreams. Fortunately for Charles, Rose was easily impressed and had affordable dreams. He taught high school social studies in the Rochester City School District and at international schools in Kuwait and Trinidad and Tobago. Rose and Charles returned to the high-life in exotic Rochester, where today Charles works in advertising, creating ads that drive consumers into a buying frenzy.
Charles the Writer
Charles started writing while living in Kuwait and hasn’t stopped since.
In case you’re wondering, he also wrote these.
RELATIVE DANGER was Charles’ first novel, and it was nominated for both the Edgar Allen Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America and a Barry Award by the editors of Deadly Pleasures. On top of that, it was named one of the Top 10 First Mysteries of the year by Booklist and was named to Deadly Pleasures 2004 list of Best Mysteries. Impressive, huh?
His second novel was OUT OF ORDER, which Publishers Weekly called “a spicy quest tale in an India at once modern and ancient." The Denver Post topped that, saying “it’s the kind of book Alfred Hitchcock would have filmed.” That will be engraved on Charles’ tombstone one day.
His third mystery was NOBLE LIES, and while he loves all his mysteries, this one may be his favorite. It’s a post-tsunami missing-person adventure that earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which said, “Benoit is at the top of his game … a rough and rollicking story of adventure and romance." Noble Lies was also a short-list finalist for the Book of the Year Award (Mystery Division) from ForeWord Magazine. If you’re thinking of reading this one, Charles strongly encourages you to check out the audio version of the book (read by Malcolm Hilgartner). It’s the same book, but the guy who reads it makes it sound even better.