Friday, August 10, 2018

Featuring on Friday - Katherine Hayton

I think I started reading Katherine Hayton's books through a read and review offering a few years ago. She writes a couple of different genre. She writes psychological thrillers, police procedurals and now cozies! I serendipitously received a newsletter from her last week, talking about her most recent books and really wanted to share about her this week. She lives in New Zealand. I have followed her for a couple of years and find her interesting and really funny, by the way.


"Katherine Hayton is a middle-aged woman who works in insurance, doesn't have children or pets, can't drive, has lived in Christchurch her entire life, and resides a two-minute walk from where she was born. For some reason, she's developed a rich fantasy life."

1. Christchurch Crime Thriller books; three books. 

Found, Near Water, Skeletal, Breathe and Release are the three books in this series.

"Lost Children. Lost Memories. Lost Minds.

Found, Near Water: "When Rena Sutherland wakes in hospital following a car accident, she discovers her daughter Chloe is missing. Four days have passed. Four days during which no one searched for Chloe, no one alerted the police, no one even noticed she was missing."
Skeletal: Daina Harrow is dead. She’s been dead for a decade, her skeletal remains hidden beneath the foundations of a house in a nondescript subdivision. When earthquake repairers unearth her bones, the coroner begins an inquest into her death. As each witness takes a turn to lie about her on the stand, Daina’s on hand to tell her side of the story."
Breathe and Release: "Two days’ worth of memories is all that Elisabet has. It’s all she thinks she needs. Until the care offered to her by a husband she doesn’t remember, descends into aggression and violence.
Lillian lies hogtied in an underground cell. Forget about escape—unless she can manage the necessities of life, she’ll be dead within days. Kristen lost her house, her friends, and her confidence when her parents violence forced a separation. Just as she’s starting to recover lost ground, her injured stepmother moves back into the family home. Has her stepmother lost her memory, or lost her mind? And will Elisabet recover the secrets locked in her damaged memory in time to set them all free?"

Breathe and Release was the first book by Katherine that I read. Definitely a psychological thriller! Creepy. The ending is really something. Think Gone Girl....
2. Ngaire Blake Mysteries: three books in this series. I have read them all and loved them. All gripping, page turners.
The Three Deaths of Magdalene: "Forty years ago Magdalene Lynton drowned in a slurry. She choked to death as her hands scrabbled for purchase on the smooth concrete walls. A farmhand discovered her bloated body three days later.
Or she didn't.
Paul Worthington just confessed to her murder.
Forty years ago Magdalene Lynton died in a dirty shed. He smothered her life along with her cries for help and tossed her defiled corpse into a river when he was done.
Or he didn't."
The Second Stage of Grief: "A false accusation. A brutal murder. Can Ngaire find a killer before he finds her? Ngaire Blakes is trying to put her life back together. The ex-cop resigned from the police after a vicious assault left her battling PTSD. Dragged into a murder investigation, she’s shocked to discover that all the evidence points to her."
The Only Secret Left to Keep: "Detective Ngaire Blakes is back on the case when a skeletonized murder victim is discovered - a crime that took place during the Springbok Tours of 1981. A period that pitted father against son, town against city, and police against protestors. 
When the victim is identified as Sam Andie, a young African American man transplanted from the States to NZ by his family, Ngaire must investigate whether racial motives were behind the death. In line with evidence from the forensic pathologist, a police baton could easily have been the murder weapon. Or was his death connected to Sam's girlfriend--a young woman convicted of a savage double homicide in the same week that Sam disappeared?"
Now here are the cozies mysteries.

3. The Sweet Baked Mystery series: There are six books in the series.
"Welcome to Hanmer Springs. Small Town. Big Secrets. With a divorce pending and her career hanging in the balance, Holly Waterston returns to her hometown of Hanmer Springs to lick her wounds. The last thing she expects is for a series of murders to occur in the township. As each crime unfolds, Holly and her sister Crystal must roll up their sleeves and get to work if they're to track down the culprits while keeping themselves and their neighbors safe. Not to mention, they need to keep the township of Hanmer Springs well-stocked with their delicious array of freshly-baked cupcakes."

4. Food Bowl Mysteries: there are three books in this series. I haven't read them but the titles and descriptions make me laugh. I have two cats.
An Impawsible Situation:  "When his food is at stake, Thor must sacrifice nap-time. When Thor's human puts the wrong brand of food in the cat bowl, it ruins his entire day. After numerous entreaties prove ineffective, Thor embarks on an adventure to find out what's gone wrong."
Cat Red-Handed "Sometimes a cat's gotta do what a cat's got to do. Thor is back on the case again, tracing down the source of his food bowl crisis so life can return to normal. With a rumbling stomach feeding his motivation, Thor must confront his oldest enemy to gain the information that he needs."
You're Kitten Me! "A heavy responsibility weighs upon Thor's small shoulders. Now that Thor has sorted out the local dairy and the distribution chain that supplies it, by rights he should have received his reward of a great meal. Unfortunately, all he's opened is a large can of worms."

5. Tea Shop Cozy Mysteries: Four books in this series
Pushing Up Daisies, Berry Murderous, Deathbed of Roses, Orange Juiced: " Fifty-something widow Willow Foxglove's dream is to operate a herbal tea shop. If only she could stop tripping over dead bodies long enough to organize the business! When murder comes to peaceful Aniseed Valley, Willow Foxglove is on the case. Believing the local sheriff to be unequal to the challenge, she pursues leads in between building a new tea shop and looking after her Maine Coon kitten, Mavis. As each crime unfolds, she draws on the book-smarts of best friend Harmony and conspiracy-laden facts from second-best friend Reg to help untangle the evidence. And, of course, she can always rely on handy hints from her favorite TV show of all time - Miss Walsham Investigates! "
6. The Buzz Kill : The Honeybee Mysteries #1 
The Buzz Kill (The Honeybee Mysteries #1)"When a man is found dead near middle-aged beekeeper Alice Townsend's beehives, it sets the town abuzz! When middle-aged beekeeper Alice Trentwell installs some hives in Christchurch's red zone, she looks forward to her bees pollinating the bounty of fruit trees in the area. Instead, after just one day, a dead body is discovered nearby covered in bee stings. Now the police believe that a killer used her bees as a murder weapon. 
The Honeybee Mysteries are quick 1-2 hour reads perfect for filling in time waiting for appointments, commuting to work, or when your significant other insists on watching the show that makes you roll your eyes! The stories contain no swearing, no cliffhangers, and no graphic scenes but are chockablock full of bees. "
7. A Ray of Pitch Black: The Goth Girls Mysteries #1
"It's all fun and games until somebody raises the dead! When the Goth Girls—Elvira, Midnight, and Winter—stumble across a book of old spells, Elvira secretly hopes one will cure her mother's chronic illness. Unfortunately, the spell to do that is on a page somebody has torn out.
This cozy mystery is free from swearing, gore, and graphic scenes (but may contain the occasional ghost.) "
I haven't read Katherine's cozies but do have a couple in my e stack. I am sure they are great. I asked her how she happened to change genres. She said she has been "concentrating on cozies this year but has some ideas for a new police procedural series and a military police procedural." 
Oh, she also writes fantasy under the pen name of Lee Hayton. 
I have loved every book of Katherine's that I have read. I highly recommend her books. Obviously, she has something for everyone!
Here is the link to her webpage and an interview with her, I believe from a couple of years ago, based on the books she talks about.
You can also find her on Facebook. (She posts the funniest things.) You can find her books on Amazon and Goodreads.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Suspicious Threads by David Ciambrone

I read Suspicious Threads by David Ciambrone for our August Mystery Book Club. The theme was Staycation - read any book set in Texas or by Texas authors, or in this case both!


I came across this book in a small general store in Salado Tx. last fall actually. While there was lots of quirky interesting things to look at, I was of course drawn to the book section. This book is set in Georgetown Tx which is not far from me. The author is also from Georgetown. Very interesting to me. I looked for the first in the series but they were sold out. The manager/owner of the store said they are popular.

I talked about the author last week in Featuring on Friday, so I am just going to tell you more about the book this time.

"It's hard to imagine anything really bad ever happening in picturesque Georgetown, Texas—until a famous face rolls into town and unthreads some very dark secrets...
Virginia Davies Clark and members of the Bee Hive Quilt Bee and Chisholm Trail Quilt Guild, are all too familiar with the Greenwald estate. The Victorian mansion, known as "Borealis," was owned by nationally famous quilter Ann North Greenwald, and sits now vacant just west of the city limits after the murder of Ann.
Georgetown is abuzz with excitement when Hollywood actress, Natalie North arrives and announces she inherited “Borealis” and selling off its old furnishings and renovate the mansion. A local developer and a local radical church group are shocked and will do anything to prevent Natalie from renovating it instead of selling it. And Virginia is intrigued when Natalie asks her to appraise the estate's sizable collection of quilts and Ann’s notebooks. But the more she examines the quilts, the more they seem to point toward Ann's murder—and the murderer—and it's up to Virginia and her friends to stitch the clues together. "

It was a really good story. So many people are after Ann Greewald's property for what seems to be different reasons. Land developers, crooks, university people, and the owner of a quilt shop wants Ann's quilts. Lots of twists and turns and surprises. The desire for her property for development is true to the area, which makes it even more interesting. We have so much development in Central Texas, not all of it welcome. That part of the story made me cringe. Well, I better not get on my high horse about that. Or maybe just for a second....

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I think that is how Natalie and Virginia feel about it too. :)

Good surprise ending. I want to go back and read the other books in the series.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Jeopardy in July by Barbara Venkataraman

Finished listening to Jeopardy in July by Barbara Ventkataraman.
This was my second Audible book. I could get used to it. The narrator did a great job with different character voices. :)

This is the 5th book in the Jamie Quinn Mystery series.



"Old people were dying at an alarming rate at La Vida Boca, a posh assisted living facility in Boca Raton, Florida. With its sterling reputation, dedicated staff, and top-notch medical care, none of the deaths are considered suspicious, but when members of the poker club start to die under strange circumstances, attorney Jamie Quinn finds herself once again embroiled in a mystery. With help from her new friend, Jessie Sandler, and her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie uncovers a crime that took place forty years earlier. Can she stop the killer in time? Or is she in danger of becoming the next victim?"

I am so enjoying the Jamie Quinn mysteries. This one takes us to Boca Raton. As I mentioned before, I lived there many years ago. I enjoy the references to familiar places and culture. 

Jamie is still contemplating what the best fit for her as a lawyer may be. She really wants something less stressful. Ha!

Jamie continues to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and get mixed up in more murders. Assisted living facility? Art forgery? FBI? Never a dull moment. And her boyfriend, Kip is staying in Australia longer than planned. She thought things were getting serious and he seems to be finding reasons to stay away. Things are not going Jamie's way. 

This book is fast paced - a page turner if I had been reading it rather than listening to it. lol

There is never a dull moment much to Jamie's dismay. 

Barbara is currently working on Book Six - Villany at Vizcaya. I got a sneak peak and it looks really good. Jumps right into where Jeopardy in July left off at a fast pace. Can't wait to read it.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Featuring on Friday - David Ciambrone

Happy Friday!

I discovered a local author that I wanted to share with you. I bumped into his books in a little General Store in Salado Tx. last fall and picked u[ one of the books  - Suspicious Threads. Just finished it this week. I saved it for our August Mystery Book Club theme which was Staycation - Texas, any mystery set in Texas.

Although this is the only book by David Ciambrone I have read, and enjoyed it. I think he has a pretty interesting bio and want to read some more of his books.


Dr. David Ciambrone is a retired scientist, professor, and a forensics consultant and is now a best selling, award winning author living in Georgetown, Texas, with his wife Kathy. He has published 20 books, four (4) non-fiction and fourteen fiction, and has a new mystery in work. He has also published two (2) textbooks for a California university. Dave has been a speaker at writers groups, schools, colleges and conferences and business conferences internationally.

He has been past vice president of Sisters-in-Crime; Orange County, CA, and past President of the Austin chapter of Sisters-in Crime, a member of Mystery Writers of America, past Member of the Board of Directors of the Writer’s league of Texas, and is Past President of the San Gabriel’s Writer’s League in Georgetown, Texas and is a member of the Williamson County Coroners and the International Thriller Writers. Dave was also on the Georgetown Library Advisory Board and the board of a local theater. He was Chairman on the Williamson County Appraisal Review Board and was on the board of directors of a Texas special utility district. He is Chairman of the Williamson County, TX Historical Commission.

Dr. Ciambrone wrote three newspaper columns and wrote a column for a business journal. He was a judge of a Writer’s League of Texas, San Gabriel Writer’s League and the Abilene, TX Writer’s Guild writing contests.

He is a fellow of the International Oceanographic Foundation and has a Bronze Trowel Award from the Archaeological Institute of America. He is also a member of the Order of Merlin of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
Writing Awards:
  • 2008 Sage Award
  • TEXAS Mystery Book of the Summer award 2009–San Gabriel’s Secret–Dallas Book Guild

  • American Academy of Environmental Engineers 1998 listed Waste Minimization as a Strategic Weapon a best seller (nonfiction)

  • 2013, 2014 Nominated for the Lovey Award– Love is Murder Conference

Dr. Ciambrone writes three mystery series.

The Virginia Davies series follows Virginia over her career. Starting out as a graduate student in the first book to working for the Smithsonian Central Security Service. There are 11 books in the series.
The last four are quilting mysteries. They all sound really good and I don't want to skimp on the descriptions, but will show you the first and last to date in this series. 

Laguna Treasure: Book One


"Virginia Davies, a graduate student in history is embroiled in an unclassic adventure involving a hoard of gold, thieves and a ring of smugglers in a plot that almost costs Virginia and her friends their lives. Laguna Treasure begins in 1933 in a watery cave in the coastal mountains of Southern California. Sixty plus years later, an antique dealer friend of Virginia’s, Abbey McQueen, provides a clue that launches Virginia on a perilous adventure. Virginia finds her life is placed in jeopardy by a group of thieves interested in gaining her treasure at any cost. People she contacts keep turning up dead. She and Dr. Andy Clark, her boyfriend and Professor of Engineering, plunge headlong into a vicious, no-holds-bared, seemingly non-ending struggle to what could be a one way journey to survive."

Whispering Threads - Book 11 and Book 4 of the quilting mysteries. This book just came out 7/31/18.

"Virginia ventures to Palm Springs, California for a quilt show and conference. It's also a reunion and respite for her and her long-time friend, Donna Bolette. A few days of fun, sun, and quilting can't hurt. They visit Virginia's old teacher and friend, Ms. Carol Jean Putman when they arrive in the desert. After a nice friendly visit, Carol is discovered murdered on her ranch. Virginia's shock doubles when she learns that Carol Jean Putman made Virginia the executor of her estate and the new owner of a whole lot of desert. Virginia learns the murder involves a special quilt that partially glows in the dark, a painting from the seventeen hundreds, a legend about old Spanish galleons lost in the desert sands, and a vast treasure hidden centuries ago. Virginia's mastered the art of piecing together blocks to create intricate quilts, but piecing together her friend's murder will prove far more challenging."

I read Book Three of the quilting series, Suspicious Threads. It was a good mystery, and fun to read about local businesses and current issues in our area. 

Adam Thomas series: There are two books in this series.

San Gabriel's Secret - Book One.


"Nestled on the San Gabriel River in Central Texas’s Hill Country, Georgetown is a small town where things are normally pretty quiet. That is, until Adam Thomas, a retired scientist and now writer of a newspaper column for women under the name Aunt Kay, inherits a Confederate solder’s journal and a new murder.
Adam and his girlfriend Kathy find themselves the center of dark doings and strange people as they race headlong into a fast-paced, high-stakes adventure to untangle a murderous puzzle, a series of macabre organizations and locate the centuries-old San Gabriel Secret."

The Trashy Gourmet - Book Two


"Adam Thomas has a knack for finding dead bodies. He also has a knack for tracking down cold-blooded killers. During his month-long sojourn in chef's school in Georgetown, Texas, retired scientist and newspaper columnist Adam Thomas, now known as the Trashy Gourmet, once again finds himself embroiled in the middle of a murder mystery. He's there when someone stabs Chef Elacroix with one of his customized carving knives. Adam becomes a consultant to his friend Captain Roland Waits of the Georgetown Police Department. Hopefully he'll carve out clues the police can't. Together with his girlfriend Kathy Rossi, Adam sifts through facts, questions fellow students, and narrowly avoids becoming one of the increasing number of corpses."

Jack Turner series: There are two books in this series.

Chimera - Book One


"Someone broke into the high-level security section of USAMRIID (US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases) at Fort Detrick, Maryland and steals vials of weaponized smallpox. Later, the individual is found at the Washington, DC train station.
Jack Turner, Ph.D., is a chemist and the Coroner of San Sebastian County California. He is also a reserve officer (Lt. Colonel) in the Army Medical Service Corp and has a background in chemical and biological warfare from working for defense contractors and a stint at USAMRIID.
When one of his Medical Examiners hits the HOT ZONE lock down button, while performing an autopsy, Jack is called to the morgue. The body the M.E. was examining died of smallpox. Not regular smallpox, but an unusual and highly reactive strain of the disease. Upon examination Jack realizes the strain is a man made chimera. The smallpox virus was released from inside the cells of an E-coli bacteria as the cells were killed by antibiotics and the dead man’s immune system.
Who made it? Where did it come from? E-coli is common. But, smallpox was eradicated decades ago.
Dr. Turner receives orders from the U.S. Army Adjutant General activating his reserve commission and authorizes him to serve as a law enforcement special agent of the army.
Will Jack and a health department officer, Nancy Cartwright, be able to find the Chimeras and the perpetrators before these terrorist trigger a pandemic.
Somehow, Jack and Nancy must stop the attack that could be worse than an atom bomb."

Red Tide Murders - Book Two


"Jack Turner, Ph.D., is a chemist and the Coroner of San Sebastian County California. Looking forward to a nice evening with his girlfriend Nancy Cartwright, Jack’s plans get interrupted by the Sheriff. Someone has murdered a wealthy town playboy and financial donor to area politicians. Because of his background, the Sheriff wants Jack, as Coroner, to investigate the murder with the sheriff’s office. Jack is also a reserve officer (Colonel) in the Army Medical Service Corp and has a background in chemical and biological warfare from working for defense contractors and a stint at USAMRIID (US ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES). Jack discovers there is a serious problem with the dead man. He has died of a toxic cocktail that is made from natural sources. One of the sources is a deadly form of algae. When more bodies turn up murdered by the same toxins, they suspect terrorist, and the hunt is on. Who made it? Where did it come from? Jack is called to active duty by the Army and with his girlfriend, a health department officer, Nancy Cartwright, must find the source of the toxic cocktail, find the perpetrators, stop anyone from using it as a terrorist weapon and causing a pandemic."

Each of the series sound very different. Dr. Ciambrone has also written a stand alone.
Poisons: The Handbook for Writers and three business books.

You can take a closer look at all of his books here.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Featuring on Friday - Susan Wittig Albert

Let's talk about a couple of Texas authors in the next two weeks.

First: Susan Wittig Albert.

Susan Wittig Albert

I discovered Susan's China Bayles series about 20 years ago? I was a few years new to Texas. My kids were old enough that I was getting back to reading books for adults. I liked mysteries. A coworker recommended the China Bayles Series. Then one day I think I was renewing my library card and the librarian helping me was (tada!) the leader of the Mystery Book Club, Kay. She told me about the book club (I was so excited). I don't know if it was that same visit, but I found out Susan was going to be their guest speaker. (How could I be so lucky). A lot happened in that visit to renew my library card. I am only going to show 1 book cover from each series or a stand alone. You will see why.

"Susan has been a fulltime novelist since she left her career as a university English professor and administrator in 1985. A New York Times bestselling author, her books include biographical fiction (A Wilder Rose) and mystery and historical fiction: the bestselling China Bayles mysteries; The Darling Dahlias; the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter; and the Robin Paige Victorian/Edwardian mysteries written with her husband, Bill Albert. Working together, the Alberts have also written over 60 young adult novels.
Susan's earlier nonfiction work includes Work of Her Own, a study of women who left their careers, and Writing From Life: Telling Your Soul's Story, a guidebook for women memoirists. That book led to the founding of the Story Circle Network in 1997. She has edited two anthologies for the Story Circle Network: With Courage and Common Sense (2004) and What Wildness Is This: Women Write about the Southwest (2007).
Susan's most recent nonfiction work includes two memoirs: An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days and Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place. She serves as a co-editor of StoryCircleBookReviews
Susan says that she "grew up rural" and is proud to claim farming in her family heritage. She continues to live the rural life with Bill in the Texas Hill Country, where she writes, gardens, and raises a varying assortment of barnyard creatures. She has three children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren."

Her books:

1.The China Bayles Herbal Mysteries: 26 books (I have read all but the most recent 2)


About the series: 
"China Bayles is the central character in this series of cozy mystery novels. China is an ex-lawyer who now works as a herbalist based out of Pecan Springs, Texas. There, she prefers to live a quieter existence with close friends and family." Each book features a specific herb. There are lots of references to local places which makes it fun to read, if you are familiar with the area.

2. The Darling Dahlias: I have read 6 of the 7 books. There are recipes in each book. Always fun. I tried a few.


About the series:
"New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert takes readers back to a small Southern town in the 1930s, where the ladies of the Darling Dahlias garden club double as Depression-era amateur sleuths." 

3. The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter: There are 8 books in this series. I have not read any of these books. I love the covers though.


About: "The series is based on the life of author/illustrator Beatrix Potter. In 1905, she bought a farm in the Lake District of England and it follows her as she moves away from the big city life to a new life in the country. The series is written for readers of all ages."

4. A Wilder Rose: a stand alone. I did read this. I liked it. I of course, read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books when I was a child. Rose was Laura's mother and actually wrote the books.


About: "Laura’s stories were publishable only with Rose’s expert rewriting. Based on Rose’s unpublished diaries and Laura’s letters, A Wilder Rose tells the true story of the decade-long, intensive, and often troubled collaboration that produced the Little House books—the collaboration that Rose and Laura deliberately hid from their agent, editors, reviewers, and readers." 

The notes have been woven into this story. Very interesting.

5. Loving Eleanor: I have not read this book.


"When AP political reporter Lorena Hickok—Hick—is assigned to cover Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1932 campaign, the two women become deeply involved. Their relationship begins with mutual romantic passion, matures through stormy periods of enforced separation and competing interests, and warms into an enduring, encompassing friendship documented by 3300 letters.

Set during the chaotic years of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Second World War, Loving Eleanor reveals Eleanor Roosevelt as a complex, contradictory, and entirely human woman who is pulled in many directions by her obligations to her husband and family and her role as the nation's First Lady. Hick is revealed as an accomplished journalist, who, at the pinnacle of her career, gives it all up for the woman she loves. Then, as Eleanor is transformed into Eleanor Everywhere, First Lady of the World, Hick must create her own independent, productive life. Loving Eleanor is a profoundly moving novel that illuminates a relationship we are seldom privileged to see, celebrating the depth and durability of women's love."

6. The General's Women: I have not read this book, but it looks interesting to me. 


"Set during the chaotic years of World War II, The General's Women tells the story of the conflicted relationship between General Dwight Eisenhower and Kay Summersby, his Irish driver/aide, and the impact of that relationship on Mamie Eisenhower and her life in Washington during the war. Told from three alternating points of view (Kay's, Ike's, and Mamie's), the novel charts the deepening of the relationship as Ike and Kay move from England (1942) to North Africa (1942-43) to England, France, and Germany before and after the Normandy landing (1944-45). At the end of the war, Ike is faced with the heart-wrenching choice between marrying Kay and a political future." 

7. Non fiction: Susan has written several non fiction books also as mentioned above:

Work of Her Own, a study of women who left their careers, and Writing From Life: Telling Your Soul's Story, a guidebook for women memoirists. That book led to the founding of the Story Circle Network in 1997. She has edited two anthologies for the Story Circle Network: With Courage and Common Sense (2004) and What Wildness Is This: Women Write about the Southwest (2007).
Susan's most recent nonfiction work includes two memoirs: An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days and Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place

As I recall, when Susan spoke to the Mystery Book Club, she also wrote for the Nancy Drew stories many, many years ago and for magazines when they had weekly serial installments. 

I have like all of the books I have read by Susan Wittig Albert. There is a lot to choose from.