Jenna Bennett

Biography

Jenna Bennett AKA Jennie Bentley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime, as well as of the Savannah Martin Southern Real Estate mysteries. A former Realtor® and home renovator, she lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with a husband and two boys, a hyperactive dog, a killer parakeet, two goldfish and two African Dwarf frogs. A native of Norway, she's spent the past twenty years in the US, and still hasn't been able to kick her native accent. You will not, however, notice it when you're reading her books.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Norway, and I'm not sure it influenced my writing at all, since I live in the US and write in English about Americans. I'm very happy to have grown up where I did, though, and once in a while a Scandinavian setting or character makes its way into one of my books.
When did you first start writing?
I've always been writing. I can remember being about 5 and sitting on the floor of a friends house writing and illustrating a "book" about a black poodle named Top. I made up stories all through high school and through my twenties, but it wasn't until 2006 that I began writing professionally, with an eye to publication.
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Where to find Jenna Bennett online


Books

Ditching David
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,170. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2015. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Fidelity Investigations, Case 1. First book in a new humorous PI series about a jilted wife who goes on to become a private investigator to nail other cheating spouses... after first solving her almost-ex-husband's murder.
Take Three - Savannah Martin Mysteries 4-6
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 264,230. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Bundle of the second three Savannah Martin mysteries. Contains the following books: Close to Home, A Done Deal, and Change of Heart, as well as an excerpt from Savannah Martin mystery #7, Kickout Clause.
Take Three - Savannah Martin Mysteries 1-3
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 262,620. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Bundle of the first three Savannah Martin mysteries. Contains the following books: A Cutthroat Business, Hot Property, and Contract Pending, as well as an excerpt from Savannah Martin mystery #4, Close to Home.
Dirty Deeds
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Series: Savannah Martin mysteries, Book 10. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,840. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Book 9 in the USA Today bestselling Savannah Martin mystery series.
Friends with Benefits
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,860. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A Cinderella story about a pregnant waitress who marries the boring guy next door for his health benefits, only to learn he's the man she should have been with all along.
Past Due
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Series: Savannah Martin mysteries, Book 9. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,920. Language: American English. Published: April 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Book 8 in the USA Today bestselling Cutthroat Business mystery series, featuring Realtor & recovering Southern Belle Savannah Martin.
Kickout Clause
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Series: Savannah Martin mysteries, Book 8. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,270. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Book 7 in the Cutthroat Business mystery series, featuring Savannah Martin, Southern Belle and real estate agent, in Nashville, Tennessee. Savannah and her boyfriend Rafe are settling into domestic bliss, until someone - or several someone's - from Savannah's past threaten the status quo.
Change of Heart
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Series: Savannah Martin mysteries, Book 7. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,920. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(5.00)
*** Book 6 in the USA Today bestselling Savannah Martin series *** When Rafe sneaks out of bed at the ungodly early hour of 6 AM, Savannah gets to the office in time to catch her colleague Tim rinse blood off his hands in the bathroom sink. But even the murder mystery taking place right under her nose can't quite keep Savannah from worrying about her boyfriend, her relationship & her future.
Contingent on Approval
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Series: Savannah Martin mysteries, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,680. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
*** 18,000 word holiday novella *** It's the morning after the events of A DONE DEAL, and Savannah is looking at Rafe Collier, a pair of fuzzy handcuffs, a economy sized box of condoms (one of which plays Christmas carols), and the rest of her life... but first, there's Christmas dinner with the Martins to get through.
Island Getaway, An Art Crime Team Mystery
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,250. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.00)
A shy librarian and a dashing FBI agent must work together to catch a killer and recover a priceless silver treasure in this light and sweetly romantic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Do It Yourself Home Renovation mysteries and the Cutthroat Business mysteries. Previously published as Act of Redemption.
A Done Deal
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Series: Savannah Martin mysteries, Book 5. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,420. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
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5th in the Savannah Martin romantic mystery series by New York Times bestselling author Jennie Bentley writing as Jenna Bennett. It's Christmas time in Nashville, and the only thing Savannah wants to unwrap on Christmas morning is Rafe Collier. Unfortunately, things don't look good...
The Boddy in the Snowbank
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Price: Free! Words: 1,880. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.67)
Just for fun... a short story based around the game Cluedo/Clue. When Mr. Boddy is found dead in a snowbank, his loyal housekeeper, Mrs. White, must give a statement to the police about the case. It's the Clue characters like you've never seen them before!
Close to Home
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Series: Savannah Martin mysteries, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,670. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.75)
4th book in the Savannah Martin romantic mystery series, following A Cutthroat Business, Hot Property, and Contract Pending, by bestselling author Jenna Bennett AKA Jennie Bentley.
Contract Pending
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Series: Savannah Martin mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,240. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(5.00)
Savannah Martin mystery #3, following A Cutthroat Business & Hot Property, from bestselling author Jenna Bennett. "A lighthearted Southern romp with plenty of steam beneath the surface" (Jaden Terrell) from an author "who restores houses, speaks the lingo of a realtor and is a black belt storyteller. A jack-of-all trades, she spins a mystery like it’s nobody’s business." (Examiner.com)
Hot Property
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Series: Savannah Martin mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,060. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(4.89)
Savannah Martin mystery #2, sequel to A Cutthroat Business, from nationally bestselling author Jenna Bennett. This sexy, sassy mystery "sizzles" as the author proves that her hunky hero and spicy Southern heroine can heat up the pages quicker than two goats in a pepper patch. "Full of charm and sass, this follow-up to A Cutthroat Business will have readers racing to the finish." (examiner.com)
A Cutthroat Business
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Series: Savannah Martin mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 90,460. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(4.54)
"A frothy girl drink of houses, hunks and whodunit, narrated in a breezy first person,"* this sexy and sassy mystery from nationally bestselling author Jenna Bennett "will delight fans of chick-lit mysteries and romantic suspense."** 88,000 words; first in the Savannah Martin Southern real estate mysteries. * Nashville Scene ** Library Journal

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Smashwords book reviews by Jenna Bennett

  • Field Trip on June 02, 2011

    This was a fun little romp. Great narrative voice, meticulous world building, and professional writing and editing. The characters were well-developed and distinct, including the personalities of the little third grade monsters on their field trip. Cute cover, too; love the nod to Judy Jetson! The story stands well on its own, although I wouldn't have minded if it had gone on for longer, and I would love a further installment in the burgeoning relationship between Miss James and Sergeant Chamblin. If you enjoy light and funny science fiction, you could do a lot worse than this.
  • Save My Soul (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Preternaturals Book 2) on June 18, 2011

    This was a fun book, and a pleasant surprise. With the incubus angle, I thought it might be a lot more explicit than it was, one sexual encounter after the other with not much else to recommend it, but as it turned out, I couldn't have been more wrong. There's plenty of steam, lots of wonderful sexual tension, and a little bit of explicit sex, but in addition, there are well-drawn, sympathetic primary and secondary characters, and an interesting story. And although the final outcome was never really in doubt, the last plot twist took me totally by surprise. Didn't see that one coming at all. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys paranormal romance!
  • Let Us Prey on July 18, 2011

    This is a light and funny PI novel/mystery with interesting, well-developed characters and excellent twists and turns. The inside look at the publishing industry is hilarious, and the setting - Santa Cruz, California - makes for a great backdrop to the murder mystery with ties back to a bestselling vampire book series. The guys are hot, the women are funny, and the writing is good. What more could you want?