Elaine L. Orr writes three mystery series, including the eleven-book Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series. Behind the Walls was a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards. The first book in her River's Edge series, From Newsprint to Footprints, came out in late 2015, and the Logland series began with Tip a Hat to Murder in 2016. Demise of a Devious Neighbor, the second River's Edge book, was a Chanticleer finalist in 2017. She also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act play, Common Ground published in 2015.
Her novella, Falling into Place, tells the story of a family managing the results of an Iowa father’s World War II experience with humor and grace. Another novella, Biding Time, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993. In the Shadow of Light is the fictional story of children separated from their mother at the US/Mexico border. Elaine conducts presentations and teaches online classes on book publishing and other writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes Writing in Retirement: Putting New Year's Resolutions to Work, and Words to Write By: Getting Your Thoughts on Paper.She graduated from the University of Dayton and the American University. A member of Sisters in Crime, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994.
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When did you first start writing?
I enjoyed writing by the time I was in my early teens, but did not see it as a full-time career possibility until I was in my early thirties. I started writing more seriously then--first plays, then screenplays, and finally, novels.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In a word, age. Through the years of writing I had rejections, many with very nice notes of encouragement. I would lose interest in submissions and go on to the next project. When I decided to write a mystery series I worked on the first two books in tandem, fine-tuning the characters and getting the humor where I wanted it. When I finished, I thought, "Heck, it could be years before these could get published." I was in my late fifties. Thankfully, self-publishing was a reasonable option.
Jolie Gentil still solves mysteries. She also becomes more involved in Ocean Alley and is starting to realize her feelings for an old friend are growing beyond friendship. Enjoy three books in this box set.
Ground to a Halt -- problems in the Java Jolt Coffee House.
Holidays in Ocean Alley -- Aunt Madge and Scoobie are the sleuths.
The Unexpected Resolution - weddings and murder bring changes.
I promised readers tthe story of Jolie and Scoobie's twins' birth -- an anything-but-calm event -- but it didn't seem right to mix it with a murder. So, we have a nearly 33,000 word novella that features laughs and angst with the Ocean Alley crew and more than a few surprises. A fun read with familiar characters. Join Jolie, Scoobie, and their extended family and friends for a heartwarming time.
Mildred Mistletoe has her paws full. She needs to get her high school humans, Fergie and Frank, to get over being mad at each other about a silly school dance. And then she spots a deserted puppy in the snow! Can she get her humans' attention in time to save it? With little help from Dog or the local mouse, Mildred has to make things right or Christmas won't be merry. A heartwarming tale.
Melanie finds a body in the coat closet at the Farm Bureau dinner. Tired of fingers pointing toward her and curious about why someone burned some of her late father's files, Mel does some poking on her own. The kidnapping of a local woman raises the stakes. With pets who have a nose for trouble, Melanie seeks a devious suspect.
Jolie Gentil has sworn off butting into other people’s business. Sounds as far-fetched as finding used bubble gum on Mars. Her life revolves around her husband Scoobie, her twins, appraising the occasional house, and helping run the Cozy Corner B&B. Nothing could drag Jolie into solving crimes. Really. Except maybe a request from the most unlikely source. Sergeant Morehouse needs a favor.
Mildred Mistletoe was born under a Christmas tree, but her life isn't problem-free. When her human, Fergie, is accused of stealing coins from a Christmas collection tub, Mildred needs to make things right. She also has to find a new home for Mittens, a socially awkward cat.
Everett was a stay-at-home dad before it was a choice. Only his wife Sue Ellen had a clue why he found it hard to cope. His children wished he could do more than create gardens and fix breakfast. Sue Ellen's illness means he has to fend more for himself. It also brought his World War II secret to light. And from the sadness grew understanding, An important story told with humor and grace.
A midnight wedding, Army veterans who face repercussions of two wars, and a startling wedding guest. Wedding days don't usually pack as big a surprise as Jolie and Scoobie's New Year's Eve nuptials. A 9-1-1 call during the wedding changes everything. Jolie has to help Scoobie figure out what he wants to know, and determine who seems to want someone in his family dead. Jolie Gentil Book 10.
The reverberating bangs shake Melanie Perkins' nerves. Either someone's aiming at her truck, or they don't know fireworks are supposed to go upward. Could things get any worse? Yes. The next day she discovers a dead body in the barn on her late parents' farm.
The Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series box set, books 5-7. The books are Trouble on the Doorstep, Behind the Walls (finalist for 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards), and Vague Images. Jolie has a lot to do with real estate appraising, but she just can't stand things that don't add up. Get ready for friends, pets, and laughs. Readers love the Jersey Shore and its Ocean Alley crew.
“You're fired!” Grouchy news publisher Hal Morris sends reporter Melanie Perkins packing for taking too many photos of flowers. Panicked at being unemployed, she lands a job as a landscaper, but an ugly surprise greets her on her first day. A pile of mulch, a tangerine, and a stolen hoe cast suspicion on Melanie. But her efforts to find a murderer instead put a target on her back.
Aunt Madge is in Ocean Alley's Silver Times Assisted Living Apartments. Her broken bones are healing so she hopes to be at her Cozy Corner Bed and Breakfast for Christmas. The body that falls into her apartment one morning changes things. Does the killer think Aunt Madge knows something? Will she follow the advice she gives Jolie -- to accept that she may not ever know all the answers? Not likely.
An SUV smashes Jolie's car, a break-in at the home Jolie and Scoobie share, and a terrifying kidnapping. Jolie needs to know who's telling the truth and what the thugs will do to find what they want. Only solving the puzzle will keep her safe, protect a vulnerable Iraq war vet, and make sure everyone stays alive. But if Jolie keeps searching, her budding romance with Scoobie may grind to a halt
The first four books of the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series are now in one set. First is Appraisal for Murder, followed by Rekindling Motives, When the Carny Comes to Town, and Any Port in a Storm. Jolie is a real estate appraiser in a New Jersey Beach town and her flexible schedule allows plenty of time for trouble. Join her and friends for fun fiction you can share with your family.
Jolie finds a dead woman in Ocean Alley Hospital's restroom, and soon she's on the lookout for a runaway teenager and whoever planted the dead hospital budget cutter in her path. Jolie’s also planning another crazy fundraiser for Ocean Alley's food pantry—this one a Corn Hole Contest. Is Jolie putting her trust in the right people, or will misplaced trust see her hurt—or worse?
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Behind the Walls was a finalist in the 2014 Mystery and Mayhem Awards, sponsored by Chanticleer Book Reviews! Something was hidden behind the walls of the Jersey shore house Jolie bought. Something someone seems willing to kill for. A purse thief and a burglar pursue Jolie, but she’s most worried about the body on her porch swing.
Jolie's parents take her to Aunt Madge for junior year so they can work on their marriage. She’s mad. Some kids snub her but she makes friends with the irreverent Scoobie. He’s quirky & fun but he's skipped school & smoked pot, so people avoid him. Jolie shoots a squirt gun from under the boardwalk & sits for a family with a secret that's trouble for her. Same humor, different challenges.
From Hurricane Sandy to Cozy Corner B&B repairs to Aunt Madge's wedding in three weeks. If Jolie can handle that surely she can deal with a sobbing woman who shows up at midnight playing a scary message on a cell phone. Between burning muffins for guests, appraising houses, and murder Jolie may be in above her head. The police, best bud Scoobie, & boyfriend George think so. And maybe the murderer.
Jolie, Scoobie & friends plan a Talk Like a Pirate Day fundraiser for the food pantry. They don't expect a body under the pirate ship. Someone wants to frame Jolie for the murder. She and her nemesis, reporter George Winters, are determined to find out who the murderer is and why someone is targeting Jolie -- before the killer strikes again.
Jolie did not want to sit above the dunk tank at the carnival's food pantry fundraiser. She never dreamed what Scoobie saw that day would nearly kill him. His ex-con mother shows up and there's murder to add to the mix. Soon Jolie is doing more than appraising real estate, and even that is complicated by home burglars. She asks reporter George Winters for help, so you know she's desperate.
Jolie Gentil appraises the Fisher house & dances with a skeleton hidden in the attic. She & friend Scoobie see a link to the family's Prohibition era business & seek clues from old photo albums and ledgers. A present day murder says they're on the right track. Between running a food pantry at Christmas time and escaping a burning building they hope to find the killer before someone else is hurt.
Can a real estate appraiser in a New Jersey beach town get in this much trouble? Jolie Gentil dumps a husband who put their assets in the toilets that masquerade as slot machines and moves to Aunt Madge's B&B in Ocean Alley. Jolie is rekindling friendships, dodging a low-level wise guy, and (oops!) finding a dead body. Her old buddie Scoobie looks down and out, but he may be smarter than anyone.
Secrets of the Gap is a modern mystery set the ancient Roman Baths of Bath, England. Can events of centuries ago matter today, and will archeologists Carolyn and Greg sort them out in time? In school they butted heads, now their lives may depend on working together. They need solve a secret that has lived through the ages and unmask a colleague who will do anything to find the ancient prize.