J. M. Davis


Jim Davis is the author of Portrait of Conspiracy, As Tough As They Come, A Woman To Die For, Murder and Mayham, The Ghost of Leonard Korn, The Durley Incident, and Mary's Dilemma. Over a period of two decades, he traveled to over twenty foreign countries and made the first cellular telephone call in the country of Russia. In 1988, he thought he'd found Elvis alive on the Island of Tortola. Awakened from a dream, he learned an Elvis Impersonator had begun singing in the bar located directly beneath his second floor room.

Jim lives with his wife in the Boston Mountains. He writes mystery/suspense novels, novellas, and short stories.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small southern town that has a total of three traffic lights and one police car. Our house was located inside the city limits across a gravel road from a railroad track that ran through the middle of town. As a child and even into my high-school years, never once do I remember being awakened by the trains rumbling down the tracks by our house. Several years after I moved away from home, I lost the ability to sleep through those rumbling trains.
When did you start writing?
In an effort to reconnect with family members, I started writing a family newsletter which contained short stories based on my childhood memories. A little over ten years ago, my wife and daughter were traveling. With nothing pressing for me to get done, I sat at my computer and decided to see if I could write a novel. I had no idea what was involved so naturally I assumed it would be easy. After my wife and daughter returned from their trip, I continued to write and finished my first novel within a couple of months. Then I began the process of learning how much I didn’t know about writing fiction.
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Where to find J. M. Davis online


The Durley Incident
By J. M. Davis
Price: Free! Words: 10,300. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Photographic proof of Bigfoot and a ten million dollar reward bring thousands of outsiders to Bowden, a small town isolated deep in the Ozark Mountains. In his thirty-plus years of service, the town’s veteran sheriff, Hank Logan, has never had to solve a serious crime. While the new arrivals search for the creature, the sheriff and his young deputy are tasked with finding a missing farmer.
Mary's Dilemma
By J. M. Davis
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,860. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Category: Fiction
Jack Lamont is a young bachelor who shies away from marriage for fear he wouldn't make a good dad. Mary Malone, a young widow with children, is struggling to pay her bills. In real life, Jack and Mary would likely never meet, much less fall in love, but anything can happen in a fairy tale.
Portrait of Conspiracy
By J. M. Davis
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,220. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 6 reviews)
Philip Lewellan discovers a mysterious painting. He’s sure it’s proof his missing wife is alive … and may be living somewhere with a child, his daughter. The thought of being a father is more than enough to get Philip to turn to the one person who might believe him.
Murder And Mayham
By J. M. Davis
Price: Free! Words: 8,960. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Jack Mayham, a criminal defense attorney who has been fired from three law firms in four years, believes he's been given the chance of a lifetime to get back on his feet. Soon after depositing a retainer for $250,000, he learns saving the stunning Lisa LeRouse Bedford from the prosecuting attorney is the least of his worries.
The Ghost of Leonard Korn
By J. M. Davis
Price: Free! Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Category: Fiction
On Halloween night, a young boy and his three friends set out to search for the ghost that has haunted their small town for decades. The four youths learn that searching for a ghost can be more perilous than they ever imagined.
A Woman To Die For
By J. M. Davis
Price: Free! Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.33 from 3 reviews)
A private investigator is hired by a wealthy Texas woman to find her husband and bring him back from his latest drinking binge. John Hartley is not that hard to find, but bringing him back is a whole different matter.
As Tough As They Come
By J. M. Davis
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,180. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2013. Category: Fiction
When he was eight years old, his mother gave him a hug, a pack of Juicy Fruit Gum, and an envelope to give to the nice Chinese lady who would be taking care of him, while she was away. His mother told him tough guys don’t cry, and then she climbed into the cab of an eighteen wheeler and drove off. He was as tough as they come, until he learned what his mother had written in the note.

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Smashwords book reviews by J. M. Davis

  • The Alkano Letters on May 19, 2013
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    The Alkano Letters was a highly enjoyable read. While Erin, her grandfather, along with six grad students try to unravel the mystery behind letters discovered in an archeological dig on the Island of Alkano, along with other letters found at other sites earlier, Craig and a team of mercenaries are hired to provide security at the site for the team members. A theory of who authored the letters begins to unfold. If proven accurate, it would rock the foundations of Christianity. Unknown to Erin's grandfather, a group, with roots dating back two thousand years, has been intercepting e-mail correspondence between Erin's grandfather and CV, the man financing the operation. Craig and Erin are immediately attracted to each other upon Craig's arrival on the island. Charged with protecting Erin and the team, he has his hands full when the group intercepting the correspondence decides the true meaning of the letters can never be made public. It's a race against time to prove the authenticity of the letters, where they were written, and release the information. After coming under attack, the team is forced to leave the island and seek safe harbor elsewhere while attempting to decipher the letters. Codes in the margins of the letters appear to hold the key to who authored them. Unfortunately for the Erin, Craig and the grad students, the group after them is well connected and continues to stalk the team. The level of attacks increase and the threat is ever present as Craig attempts to use his experience as an ex-military major and ex-CIA agent to protect the woman he is falling in love with, not to mention all of the other team members. Just when Erin and the grad students believe they have everything they need to go public, all hell breaks loose. This story made me think back to when I read the Da Vinci Code. This THE ALKANO LETTERS is the first in a three book series. After finishing reading it, I immediately began reading the next book in the series. I gave this first book five stars because the plot kept me interested, the story moved fast, and the characters are likeable.