Mary Ellen Hughes
I'm a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native but have lived in Maryland since college. RESORT TO MURDER, originally published by Avalon, is set in Maryland, as are my Craft Corner mysteries, (published by Berkley Prime Crime) WREATH OF DECEPTION, STRING OF LIES, AND PAPER-THIN ALIBI.
I love tennis, both playing and watching, and enjoyed writing the scenes on the tennis courts in RESORT TO MURDER. My books are cozy mysteries and appropriate for all ages. I hope you'll enjoy them.
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With her booth at the craft festival directly across from old nemesis, Linda Weeks, Jo is goaded into a very public argument. Then Linda drops dead from candy unwittingly delivered by Jo, and Jo's reputation is thrown into serious doubt. As her Craft Corner sales slump dangerously, Jo works to uncover the killer – unaware that she may be the next victim.
String of Lies
Almost worse than finding a local developer dead is seeing an innocent man and one's good friend fall under suspicion. Jo and her beading crafters set to work to find the real murderer and unknot the chain of clues toward a harrowing end.
Wreath of Deception
Discovering a dead clown on the floor of your craft shop storeroom, stabbed with an item from your own shop, is not the ideal way to open a new business. Can Jo solve the murder before the crafty killer tries to stamp her out, too?
A Taste of Death
Maggie heads for the snowy mountains in New Hampshire hoping for peace, solitude and a little skiing. Instead she finds a town embroiled in bitter debate over the proposed sale of the local ski resort, which culminates in murder. With her childhood friend under suspicion, Maggie presses to uncover the real killer. Can she do so before getting her own "taste of death?"
The Woman on the Train
Martin’s life was much less interesting than the crime fiction he regularly read, until he decided to write his own mystery, working on the story during his daily commute and writing in a blue spiral notebook. Then an attractive, green-eyed woman struck up a conversation, and Martin's story took a very sharp turn.
Resort to Murder
Baltimore high school math teacher, Maggie Olenski, feels burned out, and a resort in the mountains of western Maryland seems like the perfect get-away spot - until she stumbles on the body of a former student near the tennis courts. There's been more than one suspicious death at the Highview. Can Maggie find out who's behind it all before she becomes the next victim?