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     When four young men sign the rental contract on a Fairmount House, realtor Kelly O’Connell has no idea she has just signed a contract for chaos. But the racial tensions sweeping the country erupt in Fort Worth, and her tenants fan the flames. A young black policeman shoots an unarmed white teenage thief who charged him, the chief of police is shot by a sniper, and Kelly’s husband, Mike, is appointed interim chief of police. Life changes dramatically for Kelly and her family. Protests, threats, beatings, and graffiti mark daily life in Kelly’s beloved city. She must protect her infant, reassure her older daughters, and support Mike as he deals with the racism and dissension creeping through the police force and the city. How can she keep her family safe and stop the hate? Will the mayor’s city-wide Celebration of Neighbors calm a city on the edge?

I run two blogs. One is my person blog, Judy’s Stew, and has been going on since 2006. The other one, Gourmet on a Hot Plate, is newer and will take off later this year (2018). You’re more than welcome visit them.

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.

Murder at the Bus Depot (fourth in Blue Plate Cafe Mystery series) was released on April 6, 2018. Kate finds herself amidst the drama of an old murder, strife between people, and a heated development-versus-historic-preservation debate.

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!

I’ve written many Young Adult books in the past. Now some of them are being reprinted and made available! Young and old readers alike will enjoy these books.

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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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 4th in the Blue Plate Cafe Mystery series, Murder at the Bus Depot, was released on April 6th! More information here. Want a free sample? Chapter 1 excerpt is available.


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