About Judy (that’s me!)

Please come on in, have some coffee or tea, and learn a little bit about me. Not only am I an author, I’m also a chef, a mother of five (includes a four-legged daughter), and a grandmother of seven rather rambunctious grandchildren.

With over 30 years of writing under my belt, I invite you to take a peek at the list of selected publications and books I’ve written, largely mysteries and historical novels. I think and hope you’ll like at least some of them.

The Gilded Cage is very close to my heart. Its setting is in Chicago where I was born and raised! It takes place during the late 19th century and is fiction, but based on fact.

Kelly O’Connell
Businesswoman, busy mother of two, and a busybody-around-town… Officer Mike Shandy thinks she’s got a knack for getting into trouble!

Blue Plate Café Mysteries
Twins. An inheritance. A cafe. A bed & breakfast. Quirky characters. And of course, murders. Strained relationships, finger-pointing, and who-dun-it galore!

My Little Cottage!

My Little Cottage!

I have recently moved into a lovely cottage and just wanted to share it with everyone. Here are some pictures of my cottage. I talk a little bit about the cottage on my personal blog (among other things), so please come by for a visit. Judy's Stew (the blog). Cottage...

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Look Inside The Gilded Cage

Look Inside The Gilded Cage

Now you can literally browse through my latest book The Gilded Cage on Amazon! Free preview If the above link doesn't work for you for any reason, there is an alternative. Go to my book on Amazon.com and click on "Look Inside" or on the book cover image. It will allow...

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Sleuthing Women Launch Party!

Sleuthing Women Launch Party!

Mark the date, May 12, 8:00pm-9:30pm (EDT) for a launch party for Sleuthing Women, a boxed set of ten first-in-a-series mysteries, including my first Kelly O’Connell Mystery, Skeleton in a Dead Space. Gifts, games, fun! Here’s the link: Facebook.com/NewReleaseParty...

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My Latest Book: The Gilded Cage

My Latest Book: The Gilded Cage

I'm excited to announce that my latest historical novel, The Gilded Cage, launched on April 18th of this year! Isn't the book cover simply gorgeous? Please visit this page to see what this book is all about. Descriptions and details abound! Two excerpts from this book...

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First Newsletter Of The Year 2016

Did you all enjoy the holidays? I did, with my family! I have released the first newsletter for this year. Enjoy! My past newsletters can be found on my newsletter archive...

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Judy’s Chili Blog Tour

In Texas promoting my latest book, Texas Is Chili Country. Come by and see me! More information on my Facebook. Download my tour schedule & locations (.docx) (The event is over) This book is available on...

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Chili, Recipes, and Murder Comes First — Oh My!

Murder at Peacock Mansion Arson, a bad beating, and a recluse who claims someone is trying to kill her all collide in this third Blue Plate Café Mystery with Kate Chambers. Torn between trying to save David Clinkscales, her old boss and new lover, and curiosity about...

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For Book Clubs

I've worked up some questions for the first Blue Plate Mystery for a book club. Any interested book clubs are welcome to use the list as well.

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July News

Please enjoy my May 2015 newsletter (you can join my mailing list to receive my occasional newsletters). * * * * * * * * * * Pleased and proud to announce that I was inducted into the Western Writers of America, Inc., Hall of Fame on June 26 in Lubbock, Texas. The...

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