Elaine L. Orr

Biography

Elaine L. Orr writes four mystery series, including the twelve-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.

Her newest series, the Family History Mystery Series, is set in the mountains of Western Maryland and debuted in 2020 with Least Trodden Ground. The second book in the series, The Unscheduled Murder Trip, received an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion in 2021.

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 is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Indiana Writers’ Center.

Elaine conducts presentations and teaches online classes on book publishing and other writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes Words to Write By: Getting Your Thoughts on Paper and Writing When Time is Scarce. She graduated from the University of Dayton and the American University. A member of Sisters in Crime and the Indiana Writers Center, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994.

Her fiction and nonfiction are at all online retailers in all formats -- ebooks, paperbacks, large print, and (on Amazon, itunes, and Audible.com) audio in digital form. Paperbacks can be ordered through Barnes and Noble Stores as well as t heir online site.

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Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to buy in print

Series

Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series
These Jersey shore mysteries mix murder with a compassionate group of friends and a good bit of humor.
Appraisal for Murder
Price: $0.99 USD.
Rekindling Motives
Price: $2.99 USD.
Any Port in a Storm
Price: $2.99 USD.
Trouble on the Doorstep
Price: $2.99 USD.
Behind the Walls
Price: $2.99 USD.
Family History Mystery Series
The Western Maryland Mountains were part and hosted Native American tribes long before. Lots of secrets, especially among those whose families have been on the mountain for hudreds of years. Sometimes secrets worth killing for.
Least Trodden Ground
Price: $0.99 USD.
Mountain Rails of Old
Price: $2.99 USD.
Unscheduled Murder Trip
Price: $2.99 USD.
Logland Mystery Series
Police procedurals with a cozy feel. Set in the small-town Illinois town of Logland, the three books are: Tip a Hat to Murder, Final Cycle, and Final Operation. In 2020, they are sold only as a box set with all three books.
Tip a Hat to Murder
Price: $0.99 USD.
Final Cycle
Price: $2.99 USD.
Final Operation
Price: $2.99 USD.
Diner Danger
Price: $3.99 USD.
River's Edge Cozy Mystery Series
Life along the Des Moines River in Iowa can be peaceful, but the occasional murder disrupts the tranquility. Iowa nice meets murder.

Books

Gilded Path to Nowhere
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,470. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
When a Maple Grove resident discovers some old gold coins in the woods near town, it's an intriguing event -- but not one that seems dangerous. Did it come from a long-ago bank robbery or burglary, or was someone passing through murdered in the early 20th century? No matter the source, it leads to a fresh murder today. Digger and Marty uncover secrets others will do anything to conceal.
Mildred Mistletoe Adjusts to a COVID Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,900. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Mildred's humans have an unscheduled houseguest who doesn't want to be there. In addition to keeping an eye on Dog, Mouse, Goofball (their young puppy), and her own humans, now Mildred has to help keep Cyndi safe from COVID. On Christmas Eve, Mildred hears suspicious noises. She has to get her humans out of bed and on a mission to help a friend who doesn't seem to know what's best for her.
Sticky Fingered Books
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,180. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(4.00 from 1 review)
A break-in at Sand and Sea Daycare left a broken window and lots of rain in the director's office. When Jolie hears an angry man say the intruder must have been looking for some books, she remembers the center hadn't deposited money raised at its annual rummage and bake sale. But that's not her business. Her job at the co-op center is to place orders for the food the kids gobble. Scoob
Two Plus Two in the Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 162,340. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 1 review)
Enjoy four books in the Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series. Two are "numbered" books, and two are special books to the series. The Unexpected Resolution (Book 10) The Twain Does Meet (Novella) Underground in Ocean Alley (Book 11) Aunt Madge and the Civil Election (an Aunt Madge Long Short Story)
Mountain Rails of Old
Series: Family History Mystery Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,600. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Digger never paid much attention to the abandoned cottage and its long-gone occupants until she accompanied her friend Marty, who wanted to photograph it for for a news story. Everything changed when Uncle Benjamin made a huge discovery nearby. What really happened to Samantha and her ten-year old daughter fifteen years ago? Western Maryland at its elusive best.
Unscheduled Murder Trip
Series: Family History Mystery Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,370. Language: American English. Published: January 29, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Bodies turn up in the strangest places in the Maryland Mountains. Digger begins to think the one she found at the abandoned depot is linked to a long-ago disappearance in her town of Maple Grove. Joined by the spirit of her Uncle Benjamin and local reporter Marty, Digger makes new friends and gains an enemy who wants secrets to remain hidden.
The Art of Deliberate Distraction
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,840. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
THE ART OF DELIBERATE DISTRACTION A BONUS Falling Into Place, a heartwarming novella Is your life too hectic? Concerned about people or events in your orbit? Welcome to the 21st century -- especially during COVID-19. Try Deliberate Distraction, which means recognizing something you cannot control or fix and consciously channeling thoughts or actions elsewhere.
Least Trodden Ground
Series: Family History Mystery Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,180. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
Digger acquired her nickname while helping Uncle Benjamin plant flowers at family graves. She looks forward to spending time with him after busted pipes put her kitchen ceiling on the floor. She didn't expect to find his body at his mountain home, the Ancestral Sanctuary. Who would kill the parsimonious octogenarian who helped the historical society find a new abode?
Aunt Madge and the Civil Election
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 24. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,330. Language: American English. Published: October 30, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
Aunt Madge is angry that her Jersey shore town will give big tax breaks to a huge resort. Ocean Alley will be swallowed up in a condo canyon. She runs for mayor to promote sensible growth, and some folks agree with her. Maybe not whoever tried to burn down her garage. She and her opponent don't stoop to to low blows, so people have some fun. (Special to the Jolie Gentil series)
Final Operation
Series: Logland Mystery Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,090. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
City Clerk Donald Dingle is a tightwad with the city budget and criticizes the police department to the point Police Chief Elizabeth Friedman would love to see him retire. And she did mean retire, not expire. Dingle dies after getting stents implanted and people wonder if it's safe to go to the hospital. Some point to Medical Examiner Skelly as the culprint, so the chief works even harder.
Final Cycle
Series: Logland Mystery Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,790. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.00 from 1 review)
The Bully Pulpit Diner is even busier in cold weather, and it attracts busybody Louella Belle Simpson. Her unwanted advice seems to have irritated somone more than usual because her body is found in an unlikely place. Chief Elizabeth Friedman has few clues and little help from the alarmed Logland residents. A second body means the killer wants no witnesses.
Diner Danger
Series: Logland Mystery Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 162,400. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The first 3 books of the Logland Mystery Series bring together a quirky group of characters in a small college town in Illinois. There's the fraternity with a pet goat in the dining room, the retired home-ec teacher who wants to dictate dietary requirements in the diner, and the nasty town clerk who's dying to decrease the police budget. Tip a Hat to Murder, FInal Cycle, and Final Operation.
Jolie Gentil Coz Mysteries: Books 8 to 10
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 28. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 159,050. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.
The Twain Does Meet
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 23. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,780. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
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 Rescues Christmas
Price: Free! Words: 7,440. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
(4.00 from 1 review)
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.
Demise of a Devious Suspect
Series: River's Edge Cozy Mystery Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,660. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
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.
Underground in Ocean Alley
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 11. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,330. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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.
In the Shadow of Light
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,420. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Adventure » General
Even their mother's bravery is not enough to keep Corozón and her brother with her when they get to the U.S. border. A freelancer's photo brings them to the attention of the man they wanted to reach -- Colonel Bill, whose life their father and grandfather saved many years ago in Honduras. He, his wife, and a Post reporter try to find the kids. Corozón's strong voice propels the story.
Mildred Mistletoe Fixes Christmas: A Holiday Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 8,840. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
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.
Falling Into Place
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,880. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Inspirational
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.
The Unexpected Resolution
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,500. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
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.
Demise of a Devious Neighbor
Series: River's Edge Cozy Mystery Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,210. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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.
Tip a Hat to Murder
Series: Logland Mystery Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,650. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 1 review)
When the owner of the Bully Pulpit Diner decided to stop letting servers accept tips, he figured the raise he gave them would keep them happy. Apparently not. Or were some of his other hobbies what got poor Ben Addison killed? Join Police Chief Elizabeth Friedman, Medical Examiner Skelly, and an offbeat group of characters who will tackle a murder and tickle your funny bone.
Jolie Gentil Mysteries - Books Five to Seven
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 27. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 231,910. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
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.
From Newsprint to Footprints
Series: River's Edge Cozy Mystery Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,460. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
“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. (81,000 words)
Holidays in Ocean Alley
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 36,770. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
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.
Ground to a Halt
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,440. Language: American English. Published: December 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
An SUV smashes Jolie's car, a break-in at the home Jolie and Scoobie share, and a terrifying kidnapping. Problems seem to start at Java Jolt. 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. But if Jolie keeps searching, her budding romance with Scoobie may grind to a halt
First Four Jolie Gentil Mysteries
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 26. Price: Free! Words: 286,590. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.
Vague Images
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,840. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 1 review)
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?
500+ Hashtags for Writers
Price: Free! Words: 4,710. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
"500+ Hashtags for Writers" you'll learn what a hashtag is and how choosing the right ones help you reach readers who will want to read your book. There are several sections that describe how to use Twitter and its hashtags, and thirty-four specific lists of hashtags. They are listed by such things as genre, marketing, and audiobooks.
Behind the Walls
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,540. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
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 and Scoobie High School Misadventures
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,040. Language: American English. Published: September 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
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.
Trouble on the Doorstep
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,540. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.
Any Port in a Storm
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,270. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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.
When the Carny Comes to Town
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,690. Language: American English. Published: February 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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.
Rekindling Motives
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,450. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.
Appraisal for Murder
Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,430. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Real estate / buying & selling homes
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
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.
Biding Time
You set the price! Words: 13,180. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General
Frank Myers never met the uncle he was named for. He was in Vietnam and he's still MIA. The young Frank learns about himself as he hears more about Uncle Frank from those who served with him. Is it enough to help Frank overcome the challenges of the streets of DC?
Tess and All Kinds
Price: Free! Words: 2,950. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Tess lives with Grandma Wilma now. Grandma manages a storage facility, and Tess watches people come and go. She places them in categories, and for a seven-year old she has some insightful thoughts.
Secrets of the Gap
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,660. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(4.00 from 1 review)
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.

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