THE ROAD TO TERMINUS

The Road to Terminus The paths of three strangers collide on a desperate road trip along Route 66. One is running away, one is racing the clock, and the child who binds their destiny merely hopes to survive.

Middle-aged widow Mabel Crowley hasn't felt needed in years. But when a homeless child named Stryker shows up at church one Sunday, Mabel's life takes a drastic turn. George Stanton is not who he seems. Running from the law in his brand new 1955 Lincoln Continental, he's planning a mad dash to Mexico to leave his past behind. He can't let an old woman and a sick kid get in his way. Eleven-year-old Stryker has never eaten with utensils and doesn't know how to read, but she can identify the make, year, and model of every car on the road. She won't reveal the identity of her mother or why she's been told to never let her tattered stuffed monkey out of her sight.

Mabel races against time to save Stryker's life. George only wants to save his own skin. Soon their destinies become irrevocably entwined, and the road they choose could change their lives forever.

THE CHRISTINE STERLING MYSTERY TRILOGY

The Christine Sterling Mystery books will be reissued in 2016.

Introducing Christine Sterling and her faithful snooping partner, Molly the border collie.

Christine Sterling never set out to become a sleuth. At fifty-five, she's a member of the Baby Boomer generation--with perpetual energy and youthful vitality, at least in her own mind. What most certainly can be said of Christine, involves her penchant for snooping. With time on her newly-retired hands, snooping becomes her primary diversion. Christine's beloved border collie, Molly, is the perfect sleuthing partner, possessing a nose for sniffing out clues, so to speak.

PAYNE & MISERY
PAYNE AND MISERY

All that glitters is not gold for Christine Sterling.

The luster of her shiny Golden Years dream fades when Christine's newly retired husband, Jesse, becomes obsessed with a hobby requiring extra time away from her. Christine develops a bad reputation for conjuring wild tales and being chief complainer.


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THE DUNN DEAL
THE DUNN DEAL

Rumors of dirty cops, midnight meetings on Friday the thirteenth, and a forested militia masquerading as a religious cult. These and other peculiar elements complicate the senseless murder of Deputy Sheriff Baxter Dunn, son-in-law of Christine Sterling's best friend and mentor Zora Jane Callahan.


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WHAT'S A COZY MYSTERY?

cozy mystery

The cozy mystery genre is defined by a lighter, gentler approach to mystery: less suspense, more humor. The sleuth is generally an amateur who gathers evidence by listening to gossip, relying on intuition and innate knowledge of character to solve the crime. Blood and guts are kept to a minimum. Pets and crafts such as quilting or cooking are usually an integral piece of the story.

Examples of Cozy Mysteries:

(by no means a complete list)
  • Miss Marple mysteries by Agatha Christie
  • Amelia Peobody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters
  • The Cat Who mysteries by Lillian Jackson Braun
  • Goldy Schulz mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson
  • Ivy Malone mysteries by Lorena Mc Courtney

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