About Me

photo feb 2013 b

Hello fellow book lovers.  Do you enjoy reading good old-fashioned mysteries?  If so, then you have come to the right place!

My mystery novels are sold on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle versions.

What could be a better place for a mystery than the wild and beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  For those lucky enough to have lived or visited Michigan’s “U.P.” you will know exactly what I mean.  For those who have not yet had that wonderful experience, just buy a copy of one of my books and learn about a whole new area of the country.

I currently have these books out –

The Butterfly Conspiracy takes place in a fictional town called Grand View, but perceptive readers will recognize the area as the beautiful Grand Marais, Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior.  Young Stephen Moorehouse is excited about spending the summer with his famous uncle, Phillip Kahle.  Stephen’s big plans of being surrounded by movie starlets takes a decidedly different turn when he becomes suspicions that the mob is after him, and then he finds himself as suspect number one in a very nasty crime.

The Maze At Four Chimneys takes place in Chicago, Escanaba, Michigan and the Garden Peninsula, just outside of Escanaba.  With his life crumbling before him, John Barrington decides to give up his life in Chicago and move his young daughter back to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Unfortunately, the house he has inherited from his elderly aunt fails to provide the peace and tranquility he’s looking for.  He soon finds out he has put himself and his daughter in a very dangerous situation.

The Peacock Prophecy brings back all the characters found in The Butterfly Conspiracy and takes them to Mackinac Island where they meet the mysterious Edward Van Dyke, the proprietor of the popular Peacock Inn.  The old Victorian hotel is the new hot spot for Chicago thrill seekers, at least for those brave enough to attend the nightly seances Mr. Van Dyke conducts.  Once Stephen Moorehouse, Uncle Phillip, Jeanette and friends arrive, the entertainment evolves into something much darker.  When Stephen encounters someone from Jeanette’s past, the dim corridors of the Peacock Inn turn deadly and provide the final answer to “The Peacock Prophecy”.

In The Black Orchid Mystery I take a new direction.  This time the action takes place in sunny Vero Beach, Florida when Mrs. Clara Silverman, the richest woman in Vero Beach, suddenly disappears.  But wait…there is a connection to Michigan’s beautiful upper peninsula, saying anything more would spoil the surprise, but maybe a little clue…does the name John Barrington sound familiar?

Menagerie of Broken Dreams brings Stephen Moorehouse, his uncle Phillip Kahle, and Stephen’s girlfriend, the beautiful Jeanette, back once again.  This time Phillip sends Stephen to central Florida to scout out locations for his next movie.  Three seemingly separate events all converge at the creepy roadside attraction run by the mysterious Doctor Merryweather which puts Stephen and his friends in grave danger.

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6 Responses to About Me

  1. Linda (Zawacki) Loge says:

    Hi Jim,
    Just finished and enjoyed your third book. They bring back memories of the times I spent in Escanaba with you and Karen Kahle. I’m looking forward to book #4 taking place in Florida as I’ll be spending part of February there. My mom, Marie, (at 93 years old!) still reads a lot and is keeping up with your books too. Keep writing and take care-

  2. june ondrus says:

    Ok James
    We missed you at the Yooper Picnic this year and I had to order The Peacock Prophecy online, I will bring it to the 2013 Picnic so you can personally endorse the book for me.
    June Ondrus
    Melbourne Fl/ Crystal Falls “say Yah to the UP Eh!”

    • June,

      So nice to hear from you! We had every intention of attending this years Yooper picnic but when we looked at the calendar, it had already happened! I thought it was a few weeks later. We were really disappointed.

      Thank you so much for buying The Peacock Prophecy. I’d be happy to sign your book. I’m in the middle of book 4 (unnamed as of yet) which takes place in Vero Beach BUT has ties to Upper Michigan and involves John Barrington from The Maze At Four Chimneys. John actually comes to Vero from the UP. But, the main character is someone new, a middle aged detective named Archie.

      See you at the picnic…it will be here before we know it!

  3. I can imagine Michigan is a great backdrop for your books. Nice place, although the bugs get pretty bad during the summer. My only complaint. 🙂

  4. brickthomas says:

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and best wishes on your latest work.

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