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Elaine L. Orr is the Amazon bestselling author of the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series. "Behind the Walls" was a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards. Annie Acorn Publishing issued the first book in Elaine's River's Edge cozy mystery series ("From Newsprint to Footprints") in late fall 2015; it was followed by "Demise of a Devious Neighbor." Elaine also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act, "Common Ground", published in 2015. Her novella, "Biding Time, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993. Elaine conducts presentations on electronic publishing and other writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes "Words to Write By: Getting Your Thoughts on Paper" and "Writing in Retirement: Putting New Year's Resolutions to Work." Comments on the latter led her to create several online courses to help other prospective authors fulfill their dreams. You can find these at http://lifelong-dreams.teachable.com.
A member of Sisters in Crime, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994.
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on May 28, 2017 :
amateur sleuth, women sleuths, cozy mystery, murder investigation, Iowa
Twisty and with lots of suspense. Set in small town rural Iowa which, basically could be farm town anywhere. Everybody knows everyone's business, and the gossip is spread really fast. The murder victim was an unlucky opportunist, the alleged murderer a former resident with a good reason to seriously dislike the man. Plus, there's a manuscript of a mystery novel based on local events, suspicion of illegal goings on, and a deputy with an ax to grind, and some really serious hard evidence. Good reflection of rural reality and some real characters! I loved it!
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)