Greetings Readers…..

Is anyone else ready for spring? Although winter came late to Ohio this year, it made up for its tardiness with plenty of snow and ice. I’ve spotted daffodils sending up brave little shoots and snowdrops almost ready to bloom. Let’s hope for plenty of flowers soon, since I’m already excited about my book releasing on April 1st. What Happened on Beale Street, second in the Secrets of the South mysteries, took me to Memphis where I stayed at the beautiful Peabody Hotel. This historic landmark served as inspiration for a subplot involving jewels which disappeared fifty years ago. Memphis has enjoyed a rebirth as music-lovers flock to the birthplace of the blues on the banks of the Mississippi River.

These days, I’m putting the finishing touches on book three of the series, set in Natchez, Mississippi. Proving a Baptist minister had been murdered uncovers an elaborate scam to defraud non-profits of millions of dollars in Magnolia Moonlight. I hope you’ll watch for it coming in August.

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I wish all my cherished readers a lovely spring and fun-filled summer. Take time to walk in the sunshine…or relax in the shade with a glass of lemonade or sweet tea. Curl up in your favorite chaise or hammock…hopefully with a good book!

Fond regards,


Newest Release


What Happened on Beale Street

What Happened on Beale Street

How Can Music So Beautiful

Hide Something So Deadly?

A cryptic plea for help from a childhood friend sends cousins Nate and Nicki Price from New Orleans to Memphis. When these two private investigators arrive at Danny Andre’s last known address, they discover signs of a struggle and a lifestyle not in keeping with the choirboy they fondly remember.

Danny’s sister, Isabelle, reluctantly accepts their help. She and Nate aren’t on the best of terms due to a shared past. Can they get beyond painful memories to find her brother?

And what on earth was Danny involved in besides becoming a rising star as a sax player? Nate and Nicki follow clues into dim and smoky clubs, trail potential stalkers, and challenge dangerous men with connections to underworld drug trafficking. To complicate things, the hotel they are staying in has its own secrets. Confronted with murder and mystery in the land of the Delta blues, the cousins and Isabelle will have to rely on their faith and investigative experience to solve the case and not lose their lives.


Nicki and Nate Price, private investigators and cousins, follow up on a suspicious call from Danny, an old school friend and part-time saxophonist on Memphis’s Beale Street. When Danny is found dead, his sister, Isabella, urges the two PIs to investigate alongside the official police case. Nicki’s zealous enthusiasm earns her the censure of the local police, leaving Nate to do most of the work—which conveniently allows him to explore his attraction to Isabella. Emotionally fragile Isabelle, struggling with her own feelings for Nate, must also attempt to placate a disgruntled former suitor. In the meantime, Nicki uncovers a decades-old mystery involving heiresses and jewelry at the luxury hotel where they are staying. The two mysteries develop side by side, but somehow never overlap—a curious plotting strategy for veteran author Ellis (Midnight on the Mississippi). Each investigation, however, does showcase both the complex, well-developed personalities of the main characters as well as the world of jazz and blues that makes Memphis famous. This newest whodunit proves a worthy addition to the Secrets of the South Mysteries series.
—Publishers Weekly

  • Retail Price: 14.99
  • Release Date: April 1, 2016
  • Page Count: 352
  • ISBN-10: 0736961712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7369-6171-4

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Secrets of the South Mysteries

Midnight on the Mississippi What Happened on Beale Street Magnolia Moonlight


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The New Beginnings Series

Living in Harmony Love Comes to Paradise A Little Bit of Charm by Mary Ellis


 The Wayne County Series

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The Miller Family Series

A Widow's Hope Never Far From Home The Way to a Man's Heart An Amish Family Reunion


Novellas and Short Stories

Romance on the River (Free Short Story) (Civil War Heroines Series) [Kindle Edition] Mary Ellis (Author) Always in My Heart: An Amish Miracle Novella Amish Christmas Memories


Coming Soon

Magnolia Moonlight