Jennifer Oberth


Jennifer Oberth is a sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor. She likes long walks on the beach.

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Jennifer Oberth is a sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor. She likes to take long walks on the beach where she thinks up delicious ways to murder people and give them motives, means, opportunities and fake alibis.

Don't randomly ask her what she's thinking because she'll tell you. She doesn't want a repeat of that time she was with a group of strangers and she blurted out her frustration at her car. "How on earth am I expected to kill somebody in the woods without being seen when I can't turn off the automatic headlights?"

She didn't know why they shrank back and gave her a wide berth the rest of the evening.

She didn't know why no one offered advice to get around this tricky annoyance.

It's a coincidence she then started writing cozy mysteries set in 1875…

Jennifer Oberth (the sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor) has two cats (Copper & Outlaw). When she's not at work, cursing the computer when it doesn't work, she can be found at home, cursing the computer when it doesn't work.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love making people laugh. It's a rare treat that I get to be in the same room as someone reading my book but when it happens and they laugh, that's my greatest joy. I write to entertain people, to let people forget their troubles for a while, to escape. When I succeed in that, that's the best thing I can think of for all the blood, sweat and tears that went into my stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything to me. I'm a fan first so I know what it's like to lose myself in a world somebody else created and to love the characters so much that I miss them when I get to the end. (This is one of the reasons I adore series.)

So to have fans of my own is a wonderful feeling. It's my little way of giving back to the world what I got from it. I hope I can entertain, make people laugh, even inspire someone with my stories.
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Where to find Jennifer Oberth online


Anatomy of a Fire
A time-lapsed video of a fire from inception to burn out. (The actual time was about 17 minutes.) Taken in North Carolina at a training facility for firefighters. (The Writer's Police Academy 2011)


Unpacking the Undertaker
Series: The Ella Westin Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,950. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Ella is back from her honeymoon and is moving into her new home. She unpacked a particularly heavy crate and got a nasty shock. All she wanted to do was put her books on the bookshelf. Is it too late to close the crate and send it back? #4 in the Ella Westin Mysteries coming December 27, 2015
Ella & Jasper Shorts
Price: Free! Words: 9,650. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
When Ella marries Joe Westin, she inherits a father-in-law who gets her into more trouble than the bad guys. As a former thief turned government agent, Ella thinks she’s up for any assignment that comes her way, but Jasper Westin just might be more than she can handle. Set in the 1820s, these three quick reads offer a fun glimpse into Ella’s family life. Ernest Effort Missing Monkey Close Quarters
Masked Rider: Origins
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 132,700. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Holly Westin is having a bad week. Cavalry soldiers storm into her village hunting a fugitive. A neighbor is killed, Holly's brother arrested and everyone wants to capture the mysterious Masked Rider. She’s determined to free her brother but can she do it with the captain courting her, the fugitive hiding on her land and her father drinking while the in-laws visit? 128,507 words.
Georgia Meets Virginia
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,190. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Freelance Chef Ginny Travis knocked on a door and minutes later, she's investigating a murder. It's enough to kill anyone's appetite... 1st in the Georgia H. Mysteries. 'Georgia Meets Virginia' is 25,664 words.
Toxic Train
Series: The Ella Westin Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,370. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Ella takes the train home from her honeymoon. One of the passengers is killed, one is a murderer and one wants to lock Ella up for her own good. With Joe distracting her more than the killer, will Ella slip and let killer strike again? Will her confidence go off the rails or will she be able to protect the passengers and her husband? This is the third story in the Ella Westin Mysteries.
Mr. E In Cabin 187 (The Hudson Agency)
Series: Case Files of the Hudson Agency, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,440. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Case #2: From The Case Files of the Hudson Agency. A murder on a cruise sets Warren Eisenchezarrarus — better known as Mr. E. — on the hunt for a killer. The murder weapon can't exist, the detective's assistant is as green as a seasick turtle and worst of all, Mr. E. is supposed to be on vacation! How will he find the culprit with so few clues on a cruise ship full of suspects? 6,693 words
Honeymoon Homicide
Series: The Ella Westin Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,290. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Ella is awakened in the middle of the night by her new husband. But it's not what you think – he wants her to solve a murder. At 4 a.m. Can she do it? Or will she add another homicide to her honeymoon? This is the second story in the Ella Westin Mysteries.
Married To Murder
Series: The Ella Westin Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,260. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Ella doesn't recall adding "solve a murder" to her bridal to-do list but when she stumbles over the body of her matron of honor, she has no choice; her groom is the only suspect. Throw in a deaf hairdresser, a ruined wedding cake and a not so retired pirate and Ella wants to throttle everyone in sight. Can she catch the killer before the wedding is called off? Or will she be Married To Murder?

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Smashwords book reviews by Jennifer Oberth

  • If I Had A Car on Sep. 02, 2011

    How much fun was that?! It's so cute and the illustrations add perfectly to the poem. This is so nicely done.
  • The Last Cowboy in the East on Nov. 19, 2011
    (no rating)
    Hey, that's not fair. This is in the free eBooks section and the download says full book but it's only a sample with a link at the end for the rest of the book at cost. Seriously, undo this, author. This is a terrible technique that will only make people ban you and your works. Believe in your books and offer a 25% sample for free of your priced novel.
  • Who Murdered The Ghost? on June 06, 2012

    What a fun short story (mystery)! I adore Hazel Cartbell with her razor wit and running commentary on everything from the local nun horning her way into the investigation to her crush on her much older - and oblivious - boss, the chief of police. I had a lot of fun riding alongside Cartbell as she hunts for clues, fields family problems, stops for spaghetti and tracks down the killer. I highly recommend 'Who Murdered The Ghost?'
  • The Hudson Agency - Chicago Style on June 11, 2012

    'The Hudson Agency - Chicago Style' by Ellie Oberth is a fun, straight-forward ride from beginning to end. First we meet Danby, a not-ready-to-retire investigator with a bum knee that everyone calls 'Gramps'. He gets saddled with a newbie, Elmo, and they start the search into a series of near-fatal 'accidents' of a Chicago businessman. We meet a host of colorful characters that Oberth described with quick brushstrokes that keep the story moving forward until it's unusual end. It's told in present tense, which I thought would be awkward to read but after the first few sentences, it flowed beautifully. Besides, by then I was sucked in by the old curmudgeon. 'The Hudson Agency-Chicago Style' is a must-read for Danby's first person narrative alone.
  • Virtually Scared To Death on July 07, 2014

    I liked this short murder mystery. It was fun! There were technical problems, mostly to do with punctuation that did throw me, but I was able to get past it. At one point in the story, Julia Blake became ‘Ms Devlin’ and obviously that threw me, too. There wasn’t a lot of description and I liked that. I never got lost in a scene and I don’t really care what every single person looks like so it worked well for me. We could get to the action quick and without a loss of understanding. When Julia comes across the dead body and the police show up, it was a bit awkward with the inspector immediately claiming it was murder, without examining the death scene. Another character, and Julia herself, automatically jump to murder with no evidence to back it up. I would have liked this part to be a little slower, for the characters to organically come to the conclusion that it was murder – but that’s my preference. One thing that might not have worked - Julia figures out whodunit and then keeps it from us. It didn’t bother me too much because it’s revealed quickly afterwards. The story went a bit too fast for me! But that only goes to show how much I liked it. I’d have loved to sink my teeth into the mystery! I’m giving 'Virtually Scared to Death' four stars despite the issues I’ve mentioned because I thoroughly enjoyed Julia. She was fun to follow around. Note: I found this short story for free at Smashwords. I'm not sure if it's free during the sitewide sale or if it's always free. Either way, don't wait. Go get a copy for yourself right now! (I must admit, I don't know that I'd spend $1.99 (next book) for such a short story and for the punctuation issues I mentioned above but that shouldn't prevent you from checking it out and making a decision for yourself.)
  • Beginning Detective Tips, A Floyd Sisters Mystery on July 07, 2014

    What a fun read! This short story for kids was adorable and I can picture these three young sisters and their light banter. We get tips on sleuthing from the three girls (their personalities shine through) and then we get to test ourselves in a mini-mystery.
  • Death by Chocolate on July 08, 2014

    I liked the short story despite some problems it had. The punctuation was bad throughout and there was something I couldn't quite put my finger on...I liked the characters but the story read too...too easy, maybe. We're taken from point A to B to C and then it ended with no letdown. One of the reasons I adore cozies is because there's always a bit of a decompression between the characters, after the killer is revealed and life returns to normal. We don't get that from this story. It just ends.