When the Carny Comes to Town

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Elaine L. Orr has written fiction and nonfiction for many years and recently introduced the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series. She created a setting she likes (an east coast beach town) and a profession that would let Jolie meet a lot of people and have an opportunity to get into a lot of trouble (real estate appraising). And friends, lots of friends. The first book in the series is Appraisal for Murder, then Rekindling Motives. When the Carny Comes to Town was published in February 2012, and Any Port in a Storm in September 2012.

Other books include Secrets of the Gap, set in Bath, England, home of the astonishing Roman Baths that have been excavated since the late 1870s. It's a wonderful site with ancient and modern mysteries. Biding Time is the story of young Frank Myers, nephew of his namesake who was MIA in Vietnam. Growing up in DC it's sometimes hard to avoid problems of the world around you, but with help from a teacher and Vietnam vets, Frank is trying to avoid life's worst challenges. Geared to a young adult audience, Biding Time has appeal for all. It was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's 1993 fiction contest, the club's first.

Elaine has done research on the Orrs and related families since 1994. Soon after that, as a regular attendee at annual Orr Reunions in Mount Vernon, Missouri (www.orrreunion.com), she began collecting material from cousins in the U.S. and Ireland. A career in the public and private sectors provided the skills to compile and analyze information on the literally thousands of descendants. The stories are true, but an interest in creating characters helped put the stories on the page. Orr, Campbell, Mitchell, and Shirley Families: Descendants of Paul Orr and Isabelle Boyd in Ireland and America is in paperback at Create Space and Amazon.

Elaine was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Maryland. She moved to the Midwest in the mid-1990s and met her husband in a writers' group in an Iowa library. She and her husband, Jim Larkin, live in Indiana. To learn more, visit her web site at www.elaineorr.com or www.elaineorr.blogspot.com.

When the Carny Comes to Town

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Authored by Elaine Orr

Jolie never liked the idea of sitting on the plank above the dunk tank for the food pantry's carnival fundraiser, but she never dreamed that what Scoobie saw that day would leave him battling for his life. Scoobie's ex-con mother shows up and there's a murder to add to the mix. Soon Jolie is doing more than appraising real estate. Even that is complicated by home burglars. Plus, there's a menacing guy from Scoobie's days of working the carny, Aunt Madge's bumbling B&B guest, and the usual police sergeant who wants her to mind her own business. Jolie grudgingly seeks help from her nemesis, reporter George Winters, and tries to stay ahead of a kidnapper and murderer so she can take charge of her world again. Can she keep her friends safe? Will Scoobie recover enough to plan another silly fundraiser?

Publication Date:
147939856X / 9781479398560
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
7" x 10"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

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