Janet Majerus grew up in Quincy, Illinois, a beautiful old river town on the bluffs of the Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana, she started a career as a science editor, first with a scientific publishing house and then free lance. Tiring of correcting other people's manuscripts, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction. The result was her first novel, Grandpa and Frank.
Sleuth...private investigator...detective. Many names for the same job, but the role itself comes in all shapes and sizes.
Presenting a variety of detectives, culled from the various novels both published and distributed by Untreed Reads. Whether it's a gritty clown or a children's book author, a pig or an investigator of crimes in the nursery rhyme universe, you'll discover a wide variety of short mysteries here from both best-selling authors and fresh voices.
This anthology contains the first new Amanda Pepper mystery in nearly a decade from award-winning mystery author Gillian Roberts, as well as original stories from Kara L. Barney, Amber Rochelle Gillet, Janet Majerus, Lesley A. Diehl, Neil Plakcy, Kaye George, Whit Howland, Albert Tucher, Herschel Cozine, Rodolfo Peña and Wade J. McMahan.
Jessie’s stuck in the middle again.
Since Jessie Schroeder moved back to Riverport, a small town overlooking the Mississippi River, it seems every time she turns around she trips over a body or uncovers some act of malfeasance. Sheriff Gil Keller said it best, “Jessie attracts trouble like a magnet attracts iron filings.”
In The Ayes Have It, history repeats itself. All Jessie is trying to do is her civic duty as a member of the Library Board and co-chairperson of the library bond issue campaign. Then a representative of an organization calling itself GOCLAP (Guarding Our Children from the Lewd and Pornographic) turns up to picket the library. He claims that Jessie’s prizing-winning children’s book, The Sunburnt Ghost, should be banned.
After a fellow member of the Library Board decides to oppose the bond issue, Jessie discovers he has a checkered past and a long-time relationship with the picketer. The affair rapidly gets complicated when the picketer turns up murdered and Jessie becomes a suspect.
What does 12-year-old Sarah McDermott do when her mean uncle Frank threatens to commit her beloved grandpa to the County Nursing Home? She decides to "kidnap" Grandpa, with the help of her friend Joey, and take him to Chicago to find a doctor who will declare him competent. Granted, Grandpa has been doing some strange things since his stroke, but Sarah is convinced he is getting better.
The plan is set into motion, and what follows is a wildly hazardous and hilarious 180-mile odyssey from the family farm to Chicago over back roads in an ancient Model-A truck with Joey at the wheel. Joey's observation that Sarah is "always making things sound so simple, and they hardly never end up that way" turns out to be true.
After nearly losing her life because of her unsolicited involvement in a recent murder case, Jessie vows to mind her own business this time. However, in Thicker Than Water, Jessie again fails and finds herself in the middle of a web of family intrigue that stretches back four generations.
When Fred Kroner died, he left his millions to a long-lost niece, Johanna Kroner, that no one knew existed. This ignites a fierce family battle. The bequest includes a reward to the person who locates the niece. In case she cannot be found or is proven dead, Fred's nephew and a televangelist will split the spoils.
A badly charred body of a female with a bullet hole through her forehead is found in the ashes of the old homestead after it had been deliberately torched. A driver's license issued in the name of Johanna Kroner is found at the scene.
Is the body really Johanna? If so, why was she in the supposedly empty house? If not, who is the dead woman, and why was she shot? And why the deception? Could it be the work of one of the backup legatees, the nephew or the reverend. The questions continue to multiply. Jessie's work is cut out for her.
"Sex, drugs, and murder--thank heavens we don't have to worry about that in Riverport." But Aunt Henrietta's claims prove to be premature.
Jessie Schroeder, fleeing from St. Louis after a devastating divorce, has returned to live in her hometown of Riverport, a small community on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Her struggles to adjust to small town life and re-ignite her career as a successful author of children's books become secondary as she is thrust into the middle of a gruesome murder case.
Her involvement intensifies when her gardener and handyman, Willy Bachmann, is accused to the crime, and Jessie finds herself alone in defending him. Even Sheriff Gil Keller is convinced Willy is guilty. This is particularly galling to Jessie, because she and Gil are two-stepping their way around a fledging relationship.
When Willy is found dead, presumably the victim of a flash flood, the Sheriff announces "case closed." Jessie still refuses to believe Willy is a murderer and begins her own investigation. She soon irritates many townspeople, especially the Mayor and members of the powerful Industrial Development Authority (IDA), with her efforts to uncover evidence about the real killer. Starting with a single critical piece of evidence, Jessie uncovers a maze of political malfeasance, including a major scam involving the construction of a highway, which places her life in jeopardy. In her quest for truth, Jessie rediscovers her capacity to live and love again.