MaryJo Dawson had a long and satisfying career as a nurse, most of it specialized in Obstetrics. She's lived in several states and one country abroad, but has settled happily in a small town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her husband, Bill.
Always a lover of mysteries, biographies, and history, but especially fond of the British mystery authors of the mid-twentieth century, she set out to write a mystery series of her own using these as her role models. There are currently eight Sally Nimitz mysteries in print, the latest released in October of 2020. The books reflect the author's own enjoyment of a good story based in solid values, yet realistic, and fun.
When not pondering a new adventure for Sally, there is time for family, friends, flowers, hikes, and the used bookstore.
Book 1 of the Sally Nimitz Mystery Series:
In a cozy little Midwestern town where nothing exciting ever happens, Amelia Marsh lies murdered in her own home. When Sally Nimitz discovers the body of her charming eighty-year-old neighbor she is devastated by how close violence has come to the quiet life she leads as mother, grandmother, and nurse. Though still recovering from the death of her own husband, Sally can’t put the trauma of the murder behind her until she knows who could have done it and why. With the help of a close male friend and a quirky older lady, Sally begins looking into the life and past of her neighbor and soon discovers there was much more to Amelia Marsh’s life than anyone had ever guessed.
A work crew for a telecommunications company is having a routine day digging ground to lay new cable – until the backhoe uncovers human remains. The supervisor of the crew is Sally Nimitz’ fiancé, George Thomas. Will the local authorities find out what happened? Stacey’s family have their doubts. Sally, George, and the third member of their sleuthing team are asked to make sure they do.
Sally and George step up to help their dear friend’s family find answers. Who was Nathan Spencer? Was he responsible for robbery, kidnapping, and murder?
This is the much-anticipated 7th Sally Nimitz Mystery.
Sally is asked to assist in an ongoing undercover operation investigating shipping magnate Jock Varney. The Varney family has experienced more that its share of sudden deaths recently and natural causes don't seem likely. Sally and her two loyal assistants travel to California where they team up with Mrs. Riley to find out the truth. Who or what is behind the dark events plaguing the Varneys?
When Sally is approached by a co-worker, who is terrified that her sister may be involved in a murder, her fifth adventure begins.
Did Valerie Connor’s boyfriend kill his aunt because she refused to lend him money? Was Valerie the killer?
The search for answers will send them traveling, but the more they discover, the harder it is to believe anyone would have a reason to kill Lucy Bedford...
Sally goes on an all expenses paid trip to Florida to be an advocate for her son and his wife when they are offered the opportunity to adopt a baby from a wealthy family. But when the biological father meets his death shortly after a meeting with Sally, life gets more complicated. A woman with a curious nature, some time on her hands, and believing killers should be caught has to do what she can.
This time Sally helps out a friend by looking into the mischief going on at her mother’s family estate. Soon after Sally’s arrival a neighbor is found shot to death, and Sally believes the two events are related. Delving into Bradshaw family history reveals long kept secrets. Was the person or persons behind the harassment of the Bradshaw ladies also responsible for the death of the neighbor?
Detective David White needs Sally's help to find his missing brother. Has Douglas White disappeared deliberately? Or is skullduggery afoot? Her friends—and fellow amateur sleuths—George Thomas and Anne Carey, are only too happy to join in the investigation, and soon they find themselves far from home in a very precarious situation.
When Sally Nimitz discovers the body of her charming eighty-year-old neighbor she is devastated by how close violence has come to the quiet life she leads as mother, grandmother, and nurse. Sally can’t put the trauma of the murder behind her until she knows who could have done it and why. Early in her investigation, she finds there was much more to the sweet old lady than anyone ever guessed.