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!

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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