Vermont Photography Club Mystery Series
The novels in the Photography Club Mystery Series are traditional whodunnit mysteries with a cozy vibe about family, friendship, and what it means to find home.
At the center of each story is the protagonist, Bobbie Brooks, a grieving middle-aged widow who flees her life in the city for a fresh start in the tiny village of Stonebridge, Vermont, and dreams of opening her own photography studio. While Bobbie immerses herself in learning the ins and outs of her new home and its quirky cast of characters, she is thrown into the role of amateur sleuth—there is a murderer in her otherwise peaceful village.
I am currently drafting the second-in-series, A Masquerade Murder, while wrapping up revisions on Body Beneath the Covered Bridge, preparing it for query (agent review) in the not-too-distant future.
Body Beneath the Covered Bridge
Blue skies and blooming wildflowers signal the start of summer in southern Vermont, and the quaint village of Stonebridge is a flurry of activity with the opening of the farmer’s market.
It’s been more than a year since the sudden death of her husband, and photographer Bobbie Brooks wants nothing more than to escape her grief. Fleeing her life in the city, she seeks a new beginning in the serenity of the Green Mountains. But her dreams of a fresh start come to a screeching halt when she finds a member of her photography club, dead beneath the picturesque covered bridge with Bobbie’s silk scarf wrapped around her neck – and she is suddenly the prime suspect.
Surrounded by suspicion and gossip and copious cups of coffee at her friend’s charming cafe, Bobbie enlists the help of her sister, discovering the victim’s fatal photography hobby and no shortage of suspects. From love triangles to past secrets, each clue she brings into focus leads her closer to the killer. Time is running out when she discovers her camera holds the answer to the murders. But will she get to the murderer in time?
A Masquerade Murder
It is autumn in Vermont and the mountains are ablaze – just in time for the annual Harvest Festival. The fete is off to a jubilant start as villagers gather for their favorite event – the masquerade ball. This promises to be Stonebridge’s best gala ever – until a much-beloved resident is found, face down in the village fountain. Bobbie vows to leave the investigation to the professionals, but when a tearful friend implores her to help, she is once again in danger’s way, following the clues to a crazed killer.
I am currently re-drafting this novel, second in the series.
A Killer Christmas Wedding
It is Christmas in Vermont, and the village of Stonebridge, decked to the nines, has never looked more festive. Bobbie’s nephew, Connor, is getting married and the whole village is involved in the nuptials. But when the bride’s guardian is found stabbed with the cake knife, and Connor’s new wife inherits a sizeable fortune, all eyes are on the happy couple. Bobbie must lift the veil of secrecy to help keep the newlyweds out of prison.