Elaine L. Orr
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Tip a Hat to Murder
When the owner of the Bully Pulpit Diner decided to stop letting servers accept tips, he figured the raise he gave them would keep them happy. Apparently not. Or were some of his other hobbies what got poor Ben Addison killed? Police Chief Elizabeth Friedman contends with angry food servers, rowdy frat brothers at Sweathog Agricultural College, a batch of customers who seem to know nothing, and a thief who must have really wanted something from Ben. One of them keeps a good secret in the small town of Logland, Illinois. Join Elizabeth, Medical Examiner Skelly, and an offbeat group of characters who will tickle your funny bone.
When the Carny Comes to Town
Though she never liked the idea of sitting on the plank above the dunk tank for the food pantry's fundraiser at the carnival, Jolie never dreamed what Scoobie saw that day would leave him battling for his life. Scoobie's ex-con mother shows up and there's a murder to add to the mix.
Jolie Gentil is appraising the vacant Tillotson-Fisher house and finds the skeleton of Richard Tillotson hidden in an antique attic wardrobe. He vanished just after his sister married his business partner in 1929. Jolie sees a link to the Fisher family's Prohibition era business and works with friends Scoobie and Ramona to gather clues from old photo albums and ledgers. The present day murder of Richard's former girlfriend, Mary Doris, tells them they're on the right track. Did the secret she kept all these years finally kill her? Between running the food pantry at Christmas time and escaping a burning building, they hope to figure out who the modern killer is before the killer strikes again.
Holidays in Ocean Alley
Aunt Madge is in Ocean Alley's Silver Times Assisted Living Apartments. Her broken bones are healing so she hopes to be at her Cozy Corner Bed and Breakfast for Christmas. The body that falls into her apartment one morning changes things. Does the killer think Aunt Madge knows something? Will she follow the advice she gives Jolie -- to accept that she may not ever know all the answers? Not likely. For a change, it's Madge whose persistence annoys Sergeant Morehouse of the Ocean Alley Police. Good humor at the Jersey shore. Except for the poor dead woman. Add the Christmas and Hanukkah season and there's good fun mixed with the murder.
Trouble on the Doorstep
From Hurricane Sandy to Cozy Corner B&B repairs to Aunt Madge's wedding in 3 weeks. If Jolie can handle that, she can deal with a sobbing woman who shows up at midnight playing a scary message on a cell phone. A shady deal for storm repairs at the Ocean Alley Senior Complex seems to be at the root of the woman's angst, as well as Steve Oliver's hit-and-run death and missing business partner. When the partner ends up dead at the B&B, Jolie's digs for clues in between burning muffins and appraising houses. But she doesn't share all that she learns with her sometimes-boyfriend, reporter George Winters, & he's grouchy. Jolie is convinced she needs to find the murderer and expose fraudulent repair bids. Not all share her view--not the police, her friend Scoobie, and certainly not the killer.