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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.

Pigface and the Perfect Dog (second in Oak Grove Mystery series) was released on September 7, 2017. A dead body, rifle-carrying strangers in a grocery store, and a lovable puppy. These add up to trouble for Susan Hogan!

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

Susan Hogan is a no-nonsense professor of English at the Oak Grove University in Texas. So how on earth did Dr. Hogan get tangled in murder and mayhem?!

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

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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Desperate for Death

My latest book, Desperate for Death, was released in May! Here's the book's blurb: Just when Kelly’s life has calmed, she faces yet another of life’s puzzles. Except the pieces in this one don’t fit. First the apartment behind her house is torched, then a string of...

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The Perfect Coed

Susan Hogan is smart, pretty-and prickly. There was no other word for it. She is prickly with Jake Phillips and her Aunt Jenny, the two people who love her most in the world. And she is prickly and impatient with some of her academic colleagues and the petty...

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The sequel to the Perfect Coed has been released on September 7, 2017! It is called Pigface and the Perfect Dog.


* Excerpt from Pigface and the Perfect Dog (docx)
* DIY Bookmark from the above book! (pdf)
* The Perfect Coed
(Chapter 1 – docx | pdf)
* Murder at Peacock Mansion (Chapter 1)
* Desperate for Death (Chapter 1)
* The Gilded Cage (Excerpt #1)

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