Welcome to the Crime Chronicles of Magnolia Bluff


Three Members of the Underground Authors – CW Hawes, Cindy Davis, and I – will be featured tonight, April 6, at 7 p.m. EST on the Meet The Author Broadcast and Podcast at Indie Book Source, hosted by Rob and Joan Carter.

We will be introducing a new multi-author, nine-book mystery series: The Magnolia Bluff Crime Chronicles.  Each standalone book in the series will feature action, suspense, humor, and, of course, sometimes murder. A new book will be released each month from April through December.

Magnolia Bluff is a small town in the Texas Hill Country, populated by some of the most eccentric and memorable characters you will find in any series.

Many of the same characters will wander in and out of each book, each of them seen through the perspective of authors James R. Callan, Charles Breakfield and Rox Burkey, Richard Schwindt, Kelly Marshall, Linda Pirtle, and Jinx Schwartz.

Some may wind up the victim.

Some may be the dastardly villain.

You’ll have to read the series and see if you can solve the mysteries.

We hope you drop by the Podcast tomorrow night.

We’ll be looking for you.

Death Wears a Crimson Hat by CW Hawes

April 21 Release

Secrets, gossip, and a murder that could reveal all.

Harry Thurgood just wants a quiet life, and to leave his past in the past. And he thinks he’s found the perfect place in sleepy Magnolia Bluff, Texas. Until the murder of a prominent citizen threatens to let the skeletons out of his closet.

Quiet and unassuming, the Reverend Ember Cole wants nothing more than to be a good pastor to her congregation. And when her friendship with Harry threatens her job, she has to choose between friendship and the church.

However, when the murder is pinned on Ember, Harry decides he and Ember need to find the real killer to keep Ember out of jail and Harry’s past in the past.

But when Harry and Ember are almost killed in a hit and run, they realize the killer will stop at nothing to avoid being found.

Even if he has to kill again.

 Eulogy in Black and White by Caleb Pirtle

May 20 Release

Magnolia Bluff waits.

With apprehension

With dread.

With terror.

May Twenty Third is coming.

Somebody always dies on May Twenty Third.


No one knows.

A killer walks in the shadows.

The killer is ready to strike again.

 The Great Peanut Butter Conspiracy by Cindy Davis

June Release

Can lyrics from Jimmy Buffett’s songs help Bliss solve a month-old murder?

The Texas hill town of Magnolia Bluff looms as a mere distraction for Bliss Jager when the new-to-her motorcycle breaks down under a banner publicizing the annual persimmon festival.

Her other thought at the time: What in the world is a persimmon?

Only in town an hour, she’s offered pizza-for-life and a job at Doyle’s General Store. The job comes with two perks: a yellow throat toucan, which is odd enough, but add to that the ghost of Merrick Doyle, and life takes a vociferously strange turn.

The fatherly man is friendly and much loved. He is related to most everyone in town. Trouble is, he’s been dead a month.

Townspeople think he died of natural causes.

But he insists he was murdered.

Can Bliss expose the killer before people find out she’s been getting clues from a ghost, and um…a toucan?

More importantly, can she find the killer before the killer finds her?

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