Donna Huston Murray's eight cozy mysteries feature a woman much like herself, a DIY headmaster's wife with a troubling interest in crime. FINAL ARRANGEMENTS, set at Philadelphia’s world famous flower show, achieved #1 on the Kindle-store list for both Mysteries and Female Sleuths. The first in Murray’s new mystery/crime series, WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU, garnered Honorable Mention in the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
At home, she assumes she can fix anything until proven wrong, calls trash-picking recycling, and, although she should probably know better, adores Irish setters.
Donna and husband, Hench, live in the greater Philadelphia, PA, area.
Tell us a litte about yourself.
A short story I read years and years ago went something like this: A woman thought the girl next door was nuts because she dressed up like someone different every day. Secretly, the girl pitied the woman for “living her only only only life.” Maybe I’m nuts, but I can’t resist imagining myself in other peoples’ shoes, especially if they’re doing something unusual. What better way to find out what you’re missing? So, yes, I love characters. And quirky facts, and solving problems, and playing with words. If I hadn’t read Rex Stout when I was ten and decided that writing mysteries seemed like fun, I might have studied business. Instead I published a series of seven cozies with St. Martin’s Press, took a break to stretch and experiment, then—fast-forward—decided to go into business for myself. No more waiting for someone else to make a decision, my fate in my own hands.
You were published successfully with a Big 6 publisher. With your newest novel, you’ve struck out on your own. Why go independent? Why now?
Expedience, freedom, money, and control are all factors. Also, the support you get from everyone involved is fantastic. I feel as if I’ve caught a wave, and that’s really exciting. For me, it’s much more fun being in business for myself. An entrepreneur at heart–who knew?
Back to her spunky self after the loss of her husband, amateur sleuth Ginger Barnes faces her most perplexing mystery yet—men. Men who mistreat their wives, men suspected of murder, and men who ask her out.
To investigate a questionable suicide, Lauren Beck conceals her police background from a yacht full of suspects. Can she keep her secret safe long enough to learn the truth, or will she end up swimming with the fishes?
Lauren Beck’s phone, home, credit and credibility are gone, severed with surgical precision by an enemy intent on framing her for murder. Is it one of the insureds she was hired to investigate? A fellow employee she upstaged? Does her landlady's daughter hate her even more than she thought?
Whoever targeted her should beware. A former cop and cancer survivor knows how to fight for her life.