John A. Miller, Jr.

Biography

Before retiring in late 2004 John A. Miller, Jr. had worked for more than forty years in the fields of computers and telecommunications at several major corporations and universities. However, he always had a desire to write, so armed with a new computer in 1991 he sat down and began writing his first novel, Pima, which was published as a paperback several years later. Even though that paperback is long out of print John has continued writing as a sideline, first with five more novels in the Pima series, and then with several other novels and short stories.

Because he had lived in southern Arizona for a total of nearly ten years, first while serving in the U.S. Army in the mid-1960s and later while working for a Government contractor and then a private corporation, John decided to set his Pima series of novels in an area he knew well, the mountains and deserts of Arizona. Later short stories and novels are set in other locales.

Now with the advantages of electronic publishing John has decided to make his books available in those formats.

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Books

The Backstage Murders
Series: Victorian Mansion. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,310. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Mary Ann Markham and her best friend, Jennifer Martin, decide to audition for a local amateur theatrical group, but the stage is soon cluttered with unwanted corpses. After surviving a severe thunderstorm in an abandoned gristmill they find themselves a target for the killer as well as for a big black dog named Satan.
The Bayside Murders
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,000. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Cape Cod--magical, scenic, and not the kind of place usually associated with multiple murders. However, that's what Rachel Brewster and her teenage sister, Beth, face while they try to support themselves at the same time that they're trying to keep the Yarmouth and Barnstable Police from making them the prime suspects.
The Christmas Tree Murders
Series: Victorian Mansion, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,400. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
At a hilltop Christmas tree farm Art & Marsha Parker, their adopted daughter, Mary Ann Markham, and her best friend, Jennifer Martin, discover an unoccupied old mansion and a corpse beneath a tree. Exploring the mansion leads to more bodies, kidnappings, and smuggled goods, until the real murderer is discovered at a most unexpected location.
The Waterfall Murders
Series: Victorian Mansion, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,500. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Corpses at the feet of spectacular waterfalls haunt Art and Marsha Parker when they visit a plush resort for their honeymoon. Along with their adopted daughter, Mary Ann Markham, and her best friend, Jennifer Martin, they are soon involved with tracking down a counterfeit money distribution ring along with all the dangers attendant upon such a risky, and mostly unauthorized, effort.
The Pirates' Hill Murders
Series: Victorian Mansion, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,880. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Black magic, or merely somebody who likes to kill people and then leave their bodies in a hilltop cave? The cave in question is on the property of the wealthy grandfather of teenager Mary Ann Markham, who, along with her writing coach, Art Parker, her best friend, Jennifer Martin, and Art’s fiancée, Marsha Brown, M.D., is being threatened by a possible satanic cult.
The Beach House Murders
Series: Victorian Mansion, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,250. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Is mobster Tony Gambolo behind the murders that haunt Art Parker, teenage Mary Ann Markham, and her best friend Jennifer Martin when Mary Ann’s rich grandfather rents a beach house for a month? Then, Art finds true love in the person of a local doctor, and the girls vanish just before a major hurricane hits. Will Art be able to find the girls and the killer before they all become shark food?
The Lakeside Murders
Series: Victorian Mansion, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,950. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When 14-year-old Mary Ann Markham, her writing coach, Art Parker, and her friend, Jennifer Martin, decide to landscape a lake they find the nude body of a young girl in a pile of brush. After Art and Mary Ann barely escape a fire—two more bodies—Jennifer hooks another while fishing in the lake. After a Halloween party the two girls go missing. Are they among the growing list of corpses?
The Victorian Mansion Murders
Series: Victorian Mansion, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,960. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Who wouldn’t want a cushy job as writing coach for teenage Mary Ann Markham, living with her rich grandfather in a Victorian mansion miles from anywhere? Art Parker signs on, only to have his first day marred by finding a housemaid’s body on Mary Ann’s bedroom floor. After finding another corpse, Art and Mary Ann try their hands as amateur sleuths only to find they might be the next victims.
Aspirations of an Author
Series: Pima, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,830. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Southern Pacific Railroad Detective Pima Gallagher is asked by the Santa Fe Railroad to help track down smugglers of whiskey to the Navajo Reservation. His 15-year-old stepdaughter, Scout, who is trying to write her memoirs, drags her mother, Ellen, to Winslow when Pima disappears. There they get involved in solving the murder of a Harvey Girl and tracking down outlaws in the Petrified Forest.
Death of a Demon
Series: Pima, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,840. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Southern Pacific Railroad Detective Pima Gallagher; his stepdaughter, Scout Walker; and close friend, José Gonzales, face peril in the Arizona desert while trying to track down Ellen Gallagher and Maria Gonzales, hostages of a hired killer. Meanwhile, in Tucson a wealthy Mexican is murdered, but who killed this much-hated man?
Scout's Honor
Series: Pima, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,510. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
A 16-year-old boy or a 13-year-old girl? Runaway Scout Walker hides out in Bisbee, Arizona in the autumn of 1896. Southern Pacific Railroad Detective Pima Gallagher, while trying to solve a perplexing shipping issue, must locate his stepdaughter before she becomes the victim of a fatal mining accident.
Deserved Death
Series: Pima, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,380. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
A central Arizona deer hunting excursion in late 1895 is complicated by murder. Southern Pacific Railroad Detective Pima Gallagher and his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Scout Walker, nearly perish in a blizzard while chasing outlaws who just might be the killers. Scout, afraid she’s going to be accused of the murder, runs away to an old mission to hide until a most unexpected person confesses.
The Medicine Show Murders
Series: Pima, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,080. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
A traveling medicine show comes to Tucson, Arizona in January 1895. What, if anything, does its arrival have to do with a body found lying next to the railroad tracks just north of town? Southern Pacific Railroad Detective Pima Gallagher and his eleven-year-old stepdaughter, Scout Walker, eventually succeed in solving several related murders, and nearly become victims in the process.
Pima
Series: Pima, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,600. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Pima Gallagher, a detective for the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1894 Tuscon, Arizona, must try to keep his landlady's eleven-year-old daughter, Scout, out of trouble while he investigates possibly intertwined cases of murder, arson, robbery, rape, and kidnapping.

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Smashwords book reviews by John A. Miller, Jr.

  • The Essentials of Digital Publishing on July 02, 2011

    In a concise publication Harvey has done an excellent job of providing formatting details for submitting books to Smashwords, Amazon, and B&N. This is essential information for anybody intending to enter the somewhat different world of E publishing. I'm planning to submit my first novel, and I expect to rely heavily on Harvey's suggestions. John Miller