Kathleen Bacus

Biography

Kathy's unconventional path to publication can certainly be described as the "road less traveled." A pioneer for women in law enforcement, she was one of the first female state troopers in Iowa, and she learned two valuable lessons that have served her well in her pursuit of a professional writing career: never give up and never stop laughing.

Kathy is the award-winning author of the Calamity Jayne Mystery series. She's been a Romantic Times American Title finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a finalist in the prestigious Daphne Du Maurier Award of Excellence contest, among other writing accolades.

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Books

A Haunting Homicide: Halloween Cozy Mystery Boxed Set
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 286,660. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2017 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
When the ghouls come out to play... the amateur sleuths are on the case! Curl up by the fire and sip a cup of cider with this collection of 4 full-length, spooky cozy mystery novels from USA Today bestselling and award winning authors! This collection includes: Calamity Jayne and the Haunted Homecoming, Mystic Mayhem, Lipstick, Lies & Dead Guys, Murder Casts Its Spell
Calamity Jayne Mysteries Boxed Set (books 6-8)
Series: Calamity Jayne Mysteries. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 255,070. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2016 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
From nationally bestselling author Kathleen Bacus comes a compilation of 3 full length, humorous romantic mysteries, including: Calamity Jayne and the Hijinks on the High Seas (Calamity Jayne book #6), Calamity Jayne and the Trouble With Tandems (Calamity Jayne book #7), Calamity Jayne and the Sisterhood of the Traveling lawn Gnome (Calamity Jayne book #8)
Calamity Jayne and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Lawn Gnome (Calamity Jayne book #8)
Series: Calamity Jayne Mysteries, Book 8. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,070. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2015 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Ace Cub Reporter Tressa "Calamity" Jayne Turner is back in Grandville and ready to enjoy the slower pace of with small town life and begin building a dating resume with one handsome ranger. It’s Frontier Days at the Historical Village, but mischief’s afoot—of the malicious variety!
Calamity Jayne Mysteries Boxed Set (books 1-5)
Series: Calamity Jayne Mysteries. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 459,580. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
From nationally bestselling author Kathleen Bacus comes a compilation of 5 full length, humorous romantic mysteries, including: Calamity Jayne (book #1), Calamity Jayne and Fowl Play at the Fair (book #2), Calamity Jayne and the Haunted Homecoming (book #3), Calamity Jayne and the Campus Caper (book #4), Calamity Jayne in the Wild, Wild West (book #5)
Calamity Jayne and the Trouble With Tandems (Calamity Jayne Mysteries book #7)
Series: Calamity Jayne Mysteries, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,590. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
What's the hardest part of learning to ride a tandem? The pavement. It's late July, and reporter Tressa Jayne Turner's summer is as sizzling as Ranger Rick Townsend when she covers TribRide—the ginormous state-wide bicycle ride—on a tandem bike with her rival in a Star Trek themed team! But when malicious pranks start to befall the team, Tressa is determined to get the true story.
Calamity Jayne in the Wild, Wild West (Calamity Jayne book #5)
Series: Calamity Jayne Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,210. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Did you hear about the blonde coyote? It got stuck in a trap, chewed off three legs, and was still stuck. Tressa Jayne Turner’s Gammy is gettin' hitched, and Tressa is looking forward to a little down time in the desert. But this wacky wedding's about to become a southwestern scavenger hunt of Amazing Race-meets-The Da Vinci Code proportions!
Calamity Jayne and the Campus Caper (Calamity Jayne book #4)
Series: Calamity Jayne Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,500. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
What does a blonde get on her intelligence test? Drool. Ace cub reporter Tressa Jayne Turner goes back to college, what's to stop her from making the grade? Her grandmother turned roommate rekindling an old flame, maid of honor madness run amok, a botched betrothal that's more than just schoolyard gossip, and a campus criminal who is out to teach the student body a lesson... one crime at a time.
Calamity Jayne and the Hijinks on the High Seas (Calamity Jayne book #6)
Series: Calamity Jayne Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,880. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2014 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
What's a blonde pirate always looking for, even though it's right behind her? Her booty. Tressa's barely got her sea legs on a lo-cal "biggest loser" cruise, when a dastardly murder plot bobs to the surface that only she can solve.
Calamity Jayne and the Haunted Homecoming (Calamity Jayne book #3)
Series: Calamity Jayne Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,260. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
It's autumn in the heartland, but this year, Tressa Jayne Turner isn't just enjoying the candy corn, popcorn balls and caramel apples. This reporter is on a mission to sniff out a serious story. Enter a blackmailing, six-foot-two-inch homecoming queen candidate with all the charm of Frankenstein in taffeta, a rival reporter out to scoop the competition, and a séance-hosting grandmother!
Calamity Jayne and the Fowl Play at the Fair (Calamity Jayne book #2)
Series: Calamity Jayne Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,070. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Tressa Jayne Turner, known in her hometown as "Calamity Jayne" for her unconventional exploits, is ready to enjoy the final weeks of summer at The Iowa State Fair. But when her cousin goes missing, it's another fine, sticky mess she's gotten herself into. The only question is, can she solve the crime and save the day... or will this blonde be enjoying her final fair?
Calamity Jayne (Calamity Jayne book #1)
Series: Calamity Jayne Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,770. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
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Tressa Jayne Turner has had it up to here with the dumb-blonde jokes and a childhood nickname that's harder to get rid of than her favorite pair of cowboy boots. Then Tressa finds a seriously dead body and an opportunity to get a skeptical citizenry to see that she's no longer that skinny kid with scraped knees by resurrecting her job as a reporter for the hometown paper and solving a murder.

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