I was invited to join a mystery series. These mysteries have three of my favorite things in them:
A little history
A little mystery
And happily "Ever After."
History - 1926 in Dallas, Texas to be exact. I had so much fun digging into stories of the early days of my hometown. I found surprises and a few characters, and I'll share some of these in the days to come along with photos from almost 100 years ago.
Mystery - oh, yes! My heroine, Josephine Jacobs, and her mother run a boarding house for women on Haskell Avenue, right across from the original site of Ursaline Academy and just down from Ross Avenue, one of the most exclusive and expensive streets in Dallas. She also works in the kitchen of the Adolphus Hotel. When T.G. Taggert, one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in town, ends up being murdered, Josie finds herself on the wrong side of the bars in the downtown jail. But she's not only resourceful, she's innocent and not afraid to involve herself in the misadventures of an open investigation.
As for the happily ever after - All of our Ever After Mysteries are loosely based on Fairy Tales. My book, A GIANT MURDER, is based on the characters of Jack and the Beanstalk. Josephine Jacobs is named after the author of the most common version of the story, Joseph Jacobs. Within the story, you'll meet TG (The Giant) Taggert, his son Jack, his own personal goose Chef Anton Ganderson, his golden songstress Harper Davis, and other characters. And any one of them could have murdered The Giant.
So here's my beautiful cover by the talented artist Josh Markey!