If you’re here, you must be a mystery fan, which means you have something in common with several U.S. presidents and, of course, me. Problem solvers at heart, we can’t resist the challenge of a tricky plot.

“Escapism for the control freak,” (Craig Fehrman*) is another way of describing my favorite genre—and me again, I’m afraid. Real life seldom turns out how I think it should, so I've resorted to writing mysteries that do. Eleven so far...


Both Lauren Beck crime novels won Honorable Mention in genre fiction from Writer's Digest. FOR BETTER OR WORSE was a Finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award in Mysteries,  and two Gin Barnes cozies attained #1 and #2 spots on Amazon's lists for Mystery and Female Sleuths

You'll find that both series characters take crime very seriously but never themselves.

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Donna Huston Murray, mystery author awarded Honorable Mention in genre fiction by Writer's Digest

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I'm completely stunned!

North Penn High School is awarding me the

2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

Induction in October

Waitaminute...Does that make me sound old? 

Update: Moving took a chunk out of my writing time, but we're setttled  now, and the first draft of STRANGER DANGER is done. It's the next Lauren Beck Mystery/Crime/Thriller. Stay tuned!
Also, Many thanks for the NEW 5* reviews posted for SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS.  Check them out online...

Thanks for stopping by, and PLEASE STAY SAFE!


"I could kick myself for not noticing this series until it reached the eighth installment...I enjoyed every page and greedily want to read all her words." Top 1% Amazon Reviewer DJ Sakata re For Better or Worse

*Craig Fehrman wrote an upcoming book about presidents and their books.