Featured: Demise of a Devious Suspect by Elaine Orr

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Review: “Elaine Orr writes a good mystery. And then tosses in fine writing. And a sense of belonging. I truly enjoy spending some time in Elaine Orr’s Iowa

Life for Melanie has returned to normal. She works as a gardener with friend Stooper, eats at Mason’s Diner, and sits on her farmhouse porch with friends Syl and Sandi.

Her biggest challenge is helping Mr. Tibbs get used to the still-unnamed black cat that sauntered into the household.

And then she finds a body in the coat closet at the Farm Bureau dinner. The local grain operator had angered farmers with increased prices, but who kills for an extra few cents per bushel of corn?

Tired of fingers pointing toward her and curious about why someone burned some of her late father’s files, Mel does some poking on her own.

The kidnapping of a local woman raises the stakes.

With pets who have a nose for trouble, Melanie seeks a devious suspect.

Elaine Orr

Meet Elaine Orr:

Elaine L. Orr authors four mystery series, including the eleven-book Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series, which is set at the Jersey shore. Behind the Walls was a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards. First in her three-book River’s Edge mystery series. was From Newsprint to Footprints, followed by Demise of a Devious Neighbor. Iowa nice meets murder. The second River’s Edge book was a Chanticleer finalist in 2017.

Small-town Illinois is the site for the Logland Series — Tip a Hat to Murder, Final Cycle, and Final Operation. This series features Police Chief Elizabeth Friedman — a police procedural with a cozy feel. The Western Maryland mountains host the Family History Mystery Series. Least Trodden Ground came out in October 2020.

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Elaine also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act, “Common Ground,” published in 2015. Her novella, Biding Time, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club’s first fiction contest, in 1993. Falling into Place is a novella about family strength as a World War II veteran rises to the toughest occasion. In the Shadow of Light is the fictional story of Corozón and her family, who are separated at the U.S./Mexico border.

Elaine conducts presentations on electronic publishing and other writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes “Words to Write By: Getting Your Thoughts on Paper” and “Writing in Retirement: Putting New Year’s Resolutions to Work.” She also presents online classes about writing and publishing. You can find her classes at TabletWise.

A member of Sisters in Crime and the Indiana Writer’s Center, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994. Elaine graduated from the University of Dayton with a BA in Political Science and from the American University with an MA in Government. She worked for GAO and the National Academy of Public Administration for many years, and for two Iowa members of the U.S. House of Representatives — one Republican and one Democrat.

Elaine did some journalism course work at the University of Maryland and has taken fiction courses from The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and Georgetown University’s Continuing Education Program of the Book Bums Workshop in West Liberty, Iowa.

Review by Kindle Customer:

Elaine Orr has come up with perhaps the best first line that I’ve ever seen in a book.

THE MOST PEACEFUL ASPECT of that Friday evening on the front porch was the certainty that my problems were over.

What could possibly go wrong from there?

I have long loved Ms. Orr’s writing, and this volume lives up to all my expectations.

Of course, there are great characters and an engaging plot.

But her depiction of small-town Iowa life wraps you in the warmth of friendships and farm bureau potluck dinners. It’s not nostalgia.

Real people have real problems.

But they also have real connections to community.

Elaine Orr writes a good mystery. And then tosses in fine writing. And a sense of belonging.

I truly enjoy spending some time in Elaine Orr’s Iowa, and I bet you will too.

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