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.
FINALIST Indie Excellence Awards 2019
Shortlisted Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem Book Award
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.
PAPERBACK & EBOOK
"...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*