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              FINALIST Indie Excellence Awards 2019

Shortlisted Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem Book Award

Cover image with award badge for cozy mystery For Better or Worse


For Better or Worse

A Ginger Barnes  Cozy Mystery

FINALLY BACK to her spunky self after the loss of her husband, amateur sleuth Ginger Barnes faces her greatest challenge—MEN! Men who mistreat their wives, men suspected of murder, and men who ask her out.


While working on a DIY project at her newlywed daughter’s house, Gin sees a bag of bricks being dropped from the neighbor’s third-story window. Soon pops resembling muffled gunshots send her racing for her phone. Eric, who lives in the house with his grandmother, claims the elderly woman is obsessed with mystery novels. Yet after she tumbles down a flight of stairs, she’s so frantic to keep Eric away that Gin must intervene. Was the fall actually attempted murder?

In her husband’s eyes, Cissie Voight can’t do anything right. Gin occasionally helps the frazzled young mother, and when Cissie needs a dresser carried upstairs, Gin solicits Eric’s help. Bad move! The electricity between the two new acquaintances sparks a chilling premonition. This time Gin’s good intentions may produce grave consequences—for everyone involved.


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"...truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate,"  Finalist, National Indie Excellence Awards


"…a great story…sympathetic, empathetic, and entertaining.” Judge, The BookLife Prize


“Despite its categorization as a “cozy mystery,” this novel is filled with suspense, danger, and intriguing subplots.” K. Barrett 5*


“I love Ginger! She's a character with true character. The dialogue is peppy and not trite. Donna Huston Murray's writing handles the weightier issues frankly and responsibly. If you like the Stephanie Plum novels, the Main Line Mysteries would be a good choice for a new series.” E.J. Collins 4*


“Though the story is written in an easy reading and lighthearted way, some difficult topics are discussed…” D. Ranier 4*


“I loved reading this book so much…The plot is very strong with real mystery running through it until the end. It is one of a series but it read very well as a stand alone.” S. Ross 5*


“Plan on exercising those gray cells with this one!" E. Strati 5*

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