Donna Huston Murray
...series characters fans think of as friends
PAPERBACK, EBOOK & AUDIO
The Main Line Is Murder
A Ginger Barnes Cozy Mystery #1
WHEN HER HUSBAND becomes headmaster of struggling Bryn Derwyn Academy, Ginger Barnes learns that murder on the campus can kill a school’s reputation in a heartbeat. To move the scandal off the front page before the school goes under, Gin attempts to hurry the investigation along. Will her amateur sleuthing save her husband’s career and her family’s new home, or will her good intentions backfire big-time?.
“Barnes’ irreverent attitude about her situation makes for a great character – almost as if Spenser was a housewife.” THE DROOD REVIEW OF MYSTERY
What readers are saying:
“A smart, well plotted mystery. In addition to a great murder mystery the novel gives the reader insight into the family life of the head of a private school and the staff members and students they are responsible for.” 5* Jean L.
“If you dislike housework, accidentally get into a jam occasionally, and want a fun read, get this book.” 5* S. Haggert
"Donna Huston Murray's voice is as familiar as a long-time girlfriend's yet provocative and wise as a favorite aunt's...intelligent and timely. I consider each book a necessary addition to my mystery collection."- Earlene Fowler, Agatha winning author
"...a murder mystery with a female main character who's quick witted, really intelligent, knows her stuff, pays attention to detail and doesn't stumble around all the clues that she comesupon while trying to solve a murder...highly recommend." 5* Trica, WashDC
“Particularly good in audio! We listened to the book on a long drive…We particularly enjoyed the reading by Robynne M. Graffam. The energy she put into the reading and the various tones associated with different characters enlivened the book.” 5* Earl B.
Writer's Digest 2018
A Lauren Beck Crime Novel #2
POSING AS A relative’s girlfriend, ex-cop Lauren Beck accompanies a family to the Caribbean to scatter the ashes of a questionable suicide. For the low-maintenance cancer survivor, blending into the Roitman’s lifestyle works about as well as trolling Saks Fifth Avenue in overalls, but if a murderer is among the deceased's family, best to conceal her law enforcement background from the funeral guests. The narcissistic mother bears watching—she’s certainly watching Lauren. The father gets death threats from his stockholders. His son is an arrogant creep, and the youngest daughter is in therapy. Since nobody wants to tell Lauren what happened the night of the suicide, she better pack her A-game along with her sandals.
PAPERBACK & EBOOK
"A highly personal case preoccupies ex-cop turned bartender Lauren Beck in Murray’s page-turning sequel to 2012’s What Doesn’t Kill You…Murray couples the engaging lead with a clever solution." (BookLife) Publisher’s Weekly
"Guilt Trip is more than just a simple murder mystery. With so many twists and turns and with the plot deepening, Ms. Murray takes us on a journey we will never forget. This is an incredibly descriptive book, a story that allows you to be drawn into it, coming alive as though you were actually there...written to grab your attention from page one and not let go until the end – an ending that you won’t see coming." 5* Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite
"Lauren Beck, has a depth of character that is often lacking in other female sleuths. She is capable yet imperfect, strong yet vulnerable, a nice blend of true humanity." 5* Sandra Wollenberg
"GUILT TRIP is a not only a clever who-done-it with a wicked twist, but an equally clever HOW-done-it, as well." 5* K. Barrett
“The plot is very intriguing…I thought I figured it out - but I was wrong. I highly recommend this book.” 5* Bernadette Cinkoske