Somewhere along the line, someone commented on my blog that Colorado must be awash in published authors. It might be true. I need to start reading faster so I can speak with authority about each writer's books.
Today I am featuring Linda Berry, author of the Trudy Roundtree mystery series. In the newest release, Death and the Crossed Wires, pastor Josh Easterling is electrocuted as he's about to baptize Crys Cleary. But the investigation shows it was no accident. Further investigation reveals that other deaths connected to Crys weren't accidents, either. Trudy, an Ogeechee, Georgia, police officer, and Chief of Police Henry Huckabee track down the unlikely serial killer in this small-town, police procedural series noted for its Southern humor.
Previous books in the series were Death and the Easter Bunny, Death and the Hubcap, Death and the Icebox, Death and the Walking Stick, and Death and the Family Tree.
Since Linda's roots are in Georgia, it's no surprise that her stories are set there. And she has a cousin who's a policeman and, she says on her website, a great storyteller. What more could a mystery writer ask for?
I've been lucky enough to share a book signing table with Linda a couple of times, and to enjoy her author trivia game at writer gatherings (although I did not win either time). Her Southern accent, wry sense of humor, and incredible energy make her an excellent presenter. If you like your mysteries set in the south and sprinkled with humor, you might want to give this series a try.