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JJ Minor writes award winning fiction. Her work includes YA mystery novels featuring amateur sleuth Raleigh Holmes in Do Horses Weep, Let the Bones Talk, and The Witches of Woolaroc. She’s also won awards for the YA fantasy, An Echo Past the Edge, as well as an adult romantic mystery novel entitled Kiss and Don’t Tell.
JJ and her family lived over a decade in London and boarded their own horses at a private stable in Bathurst Mews, riding several times a week in Hyde Park along the Serpentine Lake and on Rotten Row, enjoying the many famous park attractions and trails. They belonged to a riding club that visited equestrian centers all around England. She also enjoyed riding and jumping lessons at a riding school in the ancient and scenic Burnham Beeches Wood, east of London in Buckinghamshire County, as well as many other upscale stables in the English countryside. After they returned to the States, the Minor family chose a country home and continued to enjoy owning several horses, trained in dressage and eventing.
JJ leads a creative life. She writes adult and YA mysteries and romantic mysteries. She trained and received a diploma in floristry while in London. She’s a choral singer. She paints. Writes poetry. Embroiders. Crafts collage gifts. For several years, she reviewed books for her local newspaper. She’s especially proud of intricate drill patterns she designed for an equine musical freestyle drill team, featuring her daughter and other teenage girls in her state. She’s lived in Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, London England, Texas, and Oklahoma.
on Nov. 16, 2017 :
A treat for readers of YA fiction. Raleigh Holmes is delightful in her exciting and sometimes dangerous romp through the trials of solving problems that seem to bombard her at every turn. Coming from a broken home she sets about making her life valuable and beneficial in the best way she can. Raleigh is someone a YA can relate to. She forms a club for finding missing pets which lead her down a dangerous path that can't be avoided and manages to thwart a scheme involved in killing horses for insurance. Unfortunately, this is a lucrative way for owners to recoup their investments in show horses. The author, JJ Minor has a skill in creating a convincing young girl striving for maturity in an imperfect world. All of us have a young "Raleigh" inside us. I really enjoyed this book.
(review of free book)