J. M. Davis

Biography

Jim Davis is the author of Portrait of Conspiracy, Tough As They Come, A Woman To Die For, Murder and Mayham, The Ghost of Leonard Korn, The Durley Incident, No Tears For Jack, Prom Friday, The Storekeeper, and The Last Violin.

Over a period of two decades, he traveled to 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. One day 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. I continued to write and finished the first draft of my first novel within a couple of months. Seven years later, it was ready to be published.
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Books

The Last Violin
Price: Free! Words: 15,880. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(5.00)
A violin and three gold coins hold the key to solving a sixty-eight-year-old mystery. Hundreds of people have traveled to a small Southern town in America in hopes of proving the young man found dead in the city park in 1911 was their long lost relative. Or were they trying to make a claim on the gold the young man supposedly hid before his death? A young woman believes everyone had it all wrong.
Prom Friday
Price: Free! Words: 8,390. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(4.50)
Many of you are too young to remember the sixties, but for those of us who were there, it was a time of innocence as well a mine field for false steps. Rabbit, a seventeen-year-old student, needs to find a date for the high school PROM, which is going to be held Friday evening, four days away. Short story. Excerpts included after end of story.
The Storekeeper
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,070. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
(5.00)
Tom Carland, a young man from back east, has a lot to learn about women. Soon after arriving in a small one-street western town, Tom meets Harriet and her three-year-old daughter, Katie. Tom offers to help, but the widow does not want his pity. Dirk Thurman, a local ranch foreman, makes it known he will not tolerate any competition for the widow's attention.
The Durley Incident
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,510. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.33)
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.
No Tears For Jack
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,890. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
When Jack Lamont stumbles upon an elderly psychic who has been missing for over thirty years, she reveals his destiny. Now, with time running out, Jack must confront his biggest fear, or die alone and unloved.
Portrait of Conspiracy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 92,220. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.44)
What happens in Paris does not stay in Paris. A police detective places her career at risk, when she decides to help a wealthy man search for a woman who has been missing for seven years. Philip Lewellan discovers a mysterious painting. He’s sure it’s proof his missing wife is alive.
Murder And Mayham
Price: Free! Words: 8,960. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.67)
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
Price: Free! Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
(4.00)
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.33)
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.
Tough As They Come
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,030. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Bart is on trial for murder. In an usual twist of fate, he is given a second chance to prove his innocence. But when he becomes a suspect in a second murder, his temporary freedom may be short-lived. With a nation-wide manhunt closing in on him, time is running out for Bart to find the woman who holds the answers he seeks. Everyone thought she was dead, but Bart knows differently.

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  • The Alkano Letters on May 19, 2013

    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.
  • Adventures with a Moke on May 21, 2014

    An interesting vehicle and even more interesting is the author's experiences with the Moke over many years of ownership.
  • The Fruitcake on Sep. 26, 2014

    This is a cute short story. I enjoyed it.
  • Sixty-Four Days, A Sea Story on Feb. 26, 2017

    A lot of action, no dull moments, and a likeable main character make this an enjoyable and interesting short read. I'll be checking out other works by this author.