Jennifer Oberth is a sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor. She likes long walks on the beach.
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Jennifer Oberth is a sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor. She likes to take long walks on the beach where she thinks up delicious ways to murder people and give them motives, means, opportunities and fake alibis.
Don't randomly ask her what she's thinking because she'll tell you. She doesn't want a repeat of that time she was with a group of strangers and she blurted out her frustration at her car. "How on earth am I expected to kill somebody in the woods without being seen when I can't turn off the automatic headlights?"
She didn't know why they shrank back and gave her a wide berth the rest of the evening.
She didn't know why no one offered advice to get around this tricky annoyance.
It's a coincidence she then started writing cozy mysteries set in 1875…
Jennifer Oberth (the sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor) has two cats (Copper & Outlaw). When she's not at work, cursing the computer when it doesn't work, she can be found at home, cursing the computer when it doesn't work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love making people laugh. It's a rare treat that I get to be in the same room as someone reading my book but when it happens and they laugh, that's my greatest joy. I write to entertain people, to let people forget their troubles for a while, to escape. When I succeed in that, that's the best thing I can think of for all the blood, sweat and tears that went into my stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything to me. I'm a fan first so I know what it's like to lose myself in a world somebody else created and to love the characters so much that I miss them when I get to the end. (This is one of the reasons I adore series.)
So to have fans of my own is a wonderful feeling. It's my little way of giving back to the world what I got from it. I hope I can entertain, make people laugh, even inspire someone with my stories.
Ella’s pirate father-in-law is hosting the biggest Christmas bash Port Bass has ever seen. But when a guest is murdered, her husband is three sheets to the wind, and her boss is enamored with his new romance, it’s left up to Ella to solve the murder—quietly.
Can she enjoy the holidays while working—without pay?
This is the seventh story in the Ella Westin Mysteries and is 42,118 words.
Ella Westin is back at work. Unfortunately, her new boss is convinced someone is trying to kill him. Ella thinks he’s accident-prone. He orders her to find out who’s attacking him—but won’t let her leave his side. Now Ella is the boss’s babysitter. Is it too late to declare a sick day?
This is the sixth story in the Ella Westin Mysteries and is 49,254 words.
Ella Westin is tasked with investigating a haunted house – though she doesn’t believe in such things. A clue leads her straight into the heart of a plot to rob the Port Bass Museum. Can she catch the thieves or will she become one of them?
This is the fifth story in the Ella Westin Mysteries and is 30,644 words.
Ella is back from her honeymoon and is moving into her new home. She unpacked a particularly heavy crate and got a nasty shock. All she wanted to do was put her books on the bookshelf. Is it too late to close the crate and send it back?
This is the fourth story in the in the Ella Westin Mysteries.
When Ella marries Joe Westin, she inherits a father-in-law who gets her into more trouble than the bad guys. As a former thief turned government agent, Ella thinks she’s up for any assignment that comes her way, but Jasper Westin just might be more than she can handle.
Set in the 1820s, these three quick reads offer a fun glimpse into Ella’s family life.
Holly Westin is having a bad week. Cavalry soldiers storm into her village hunting a fugitive. A neighbor is killed, Holly's brother arrested and everyone wants to capture the mysterious Masked Rider. She’s determined to free her brother but can she do it with the captain courting her, the fugitive hiding on her land and her father drinking while the in-laws visit?
Freelance Chef Ginny Travis knocked on a door and minutes later, she's investigating a murder.
It's enough to kill anyone's appetite...
1st in the Georgia H. Mysteries.
'Georgia Meets Virginia' is 25,664 words.
Ella takes the train home from her honeymoon.
One of the passengers is killed, one is a murderer and one wants to lock Ella up for her own good. With Joe distracting her more than the killer, will Ella slip and let killer strike again? Will her confidence go off the rails or will she be able to protect the passengers and her husband?
This is the third story in the Ella Westin Mysteries.
Case #2: From The Case Files of the Hudson Agency.
A murder on a cruise sets Warren Eisenchezarrarus — better known as Mr. E. — on the hunt for a killer. The murder weapon can't exist, the detective's assistant is as green as a seasick turtle and worst of all, Mr. E. is supposed to be on vacation! How will he find the culprit with so few clues on a cruise ship full of suspects?
Ella is awakened in the middle of the night by her new husband. But it's not what you think – he wants her to solve a murder. At 4 a.m. Can she do it? Or will she add another homicide to her honeymoon?
This is the second story in the Ella Westin Mysteries.
Ella doesn't recall adding "solve a murder" to her bridal to-do list but when she stumbles over the body of her matron of honor, she has no choice; her groom is the only suspect. Throw in a deaf hairdresser, a ruined wedding cake and a not so retired pirate and Ella wants to throttle everyone in sight. Can she catch the killer before the wedding is called off? Or will she be Married To Murder?
If I Had A Car
on Sep. 02, 2011
How much fun was that?! It's so cute and the illustrations add perfectly to the poem.
This is so nicely done.
The Last Cowboy in the East
on Nov. 19, 2011
Hey, that's not fair. This is in the free eBooks section and the download says full book but it's only a sample with a link at the end for the rest of the book at cost.
Seriously, undo this, author. This is a terrible technique that will only make people ban you and your works. Believe in your books and offer a 25% sample for free of your priced novel.
Who Murdered The Ghost?
on June 06, 2012
What a fun short story (mystery)!
I adore Hazel Cartbell with her razor wit and running commentary on everything from the local nun horning her way into the investigation to her crush on her much older - and oblivious - boss, the chief of police.
I had a lot of fun riding alongside Cartbell as she hunts for clues, fields family problems, stops for spaghetti and tracks down the killer.
I highly recommend 'Who Murdered The Ghost?'
The Hudson Agency - Chicago Style
on June 11, 2012
'The Hudson Agency - Chicago Style' by Ellie Oberth is a fun, straight-forward ride from beginning to end. First we meet Danby, a not-ready-to-retire investigator with a bum knee that everyone calls 'Gramps'. He gets saddled with a newbie, Elmo, and they start the search into a series of near-fatal 'accidents' of a Chicago businessman.
We meet a host of colorful characters that Oberth described with quick brushstrokes that keep the story moving forward until it's unusual end.
It's told in present tense, which I thought would be awkward to read but after the first few sentences, it flowed beautifully. Besides, by then I was sucked in by the old curmudgeon.
'The Hudson Agency-Chicago Style' is a must-read for Danby's first person narrative alone.
Death by Chocolate
on July 08, 2014
I liked the short story despite some problems it had. The punctuation was bad throughout and there was something I couldn't quite put my finger on...I liked the characters but the story read too...too easy, maybe. We're taken from point A to B to C and then it ended with no letdown. One of the reasons I adore cozies is because there's always a bit of a decompression between the characters, after the killer is revealed and life returns to normal. We don't get that from this story. It just ends.
Directed To Death
on Oct. 31, 2019
I love this ghost story! It's delightful and so entertaining. I love the voice and the humor. Excellent!
Toast and Strangled Eggs
on Feb. 05, 2023
I love this debut mystery and can't wait for more in the series!
I adore the characters - Lia and Harris and Lia's family, especially.
The town is full of quirky characters with depth and dimension.
I also love the humor threaded throughout the mystery.
It's cute, funny, adorable, and warm - everything you'd want in a cozy mystery.