I’m delighted to introduce readers to Marja McGraw, a talented writer with over ten books to her credit—and more in the works! A native of Southern California, she’s lived and worked in California, Nevada, Oregon, Alaska and Arizona in jobs ranging from civil and criminal law, to state transportation, to print and digital media. While a member of Sisters in Crime, Marja served as Editor for the organization’s Internet Newsletter. She and her husband now live in Arizona, where life is good.
Here’s Marja, telling us about her current work:
I have two series which include canines. The Sandi Webster Mysteries involve a half wolf/half Golden Retriever who’s also half protector/half chicken. The Bogey Man Mysteries include two Yellow Labrador Retrievers, brother and sister, who have a knack for sniffing out bodies and mysteries.
Both series are light reading with a little humor. While there’s nothing funny about murder, you can find humor in the characters solving a case and the situations in which they find themselves. The books concentrate more on solutions than drama.
Most of the stories take place in Los Angeles, which is big enough to account for plenty of crime, and a great place to lose yourself. I’ve thought about—and asked—what readers might be interested in. I’ve learned people still enjoy reading about secret passages, hidden rooms, and buried treasures. They like a good “on a stormy night” story. Readers also enjoy characters they can relate to, and who might make them laugh or smile. I’ve tried to provide all of these things, along with a little history if the story involves a cold case.
The stories are somewhat unusual, either in the subject matter or how they’re solved. The characters are down-to-earth and easy to read.
My target audience? Anyone who enjoys a mystery. The characters in the books range from a child to seniors and everyone in between. I currently have readers in their teen years up to and including readers in their nineties. It’s an open market for a reader of any age.
“A little humor, a little romance, A Little Murder!”
The Sandi Webster Mysteries
Sandi’s a female private investigator who’s a little naïve but growing all the time. From the streets of Los Angeles to the desert in Arizona, mysteries involving cold cases and new situations follow Sandi and her partner, Pete. From the Red Light District in Old Los Angeles, a dog who thinks there’s a ghost in the attic, a 1940s female P.I. who wants an old case solved now, and a ghost town, you never know what you’ll find in the series to ponder and puzzle over. You’ll even find a look-alike for Humphrey Bogart who evolved into a second series.
Death Comes in Threes is the latest release in the Sandi Webster Mystery Series. Sandi was instrumental in putting David Smith in prison for murder. What’s he been up to during his prison time? He’s murdered a guard and escaped, and he’s coming after Sandi. To make matters worse, her menopausal mother, her elderly neighbor, and her closest friend are all in danger because they won’t leave her side. Are the four women a match for a vengeful killer?
Maybe he’s not a match for them.
The Bogey Man Mysteries
This series features Chris Cross, who’s a dead ringer for Humphrey Bogart. Chris wanted to become a detective until he found out what it involves. Married with an eight-year-old stepson, he tries his hardest to live a calm life while running a forties-themed restaurant. His wife, Pamela, tells the stories about their latest adventures. The family which might remind some of the Thin Man family; they’re always looking for either clues or a way to get their lives back to normal.
Even though he changed his mind about the profession, mysteries continue to seek Chris out. He gained a little notoriety when he worked with a female private eye, and folks just won’t let him forget that case. Some sweet little Church Ladies even call on him when a friend disappears under mysterious circumstances.
Awkward Moments is the latest release in the Bogey Man Mystery Series. What might happen if you tried to bury the body of a small bird, only to find a body already buried in the hole you’ve dug? And what might happen if another body ended up in the same hole?
Join Chris, Pamela and Mikey Cross while they try to figure out why someone would be murdered during their vacation, on private property, during the middle of the night. Watch for Chris’s cranky brother to show up unexpectedly, searching for lost gold and running people off of his property.
The Cross family is at it again, just like the amateur sleuths they swear they never meant to be.
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Marja’s mystery blog features an entertaining new post every Monday. Check her website, too, for news and updates on the series, as well as great photos and links. You can find links to book trailers like this one, too.
To order paperback or Kindle editions, check her Amazon page. And please consider posting a review!
Thanks so much for giving us the chance to learn about your series. I’m currently reading the first in the Sandi Webster mysteries and eager to read more!
Thank you for inviting me in, Susan. You have a beautiful site.
Thank you, Marja!
I’d love to add your beautiful dogs to the slideshow. All the dog photos featured there (except my beloved Alix) were sent in by readers, and a few writers too. Plenty of room for more beauties!
Adding a dog can only enrich a book!
If that’s the way you feel, you might want to check out this week’s blog on my site at http://blog.marjamcgraw.com/ . It’s all about dogs in books. : ) Thank you for your comment.
Marja, how fun to get to know you and hear about your books. I’ll definitely look them up. They sound like great fun.. I grew up in So. California and lived in northern Arizona for some years as well.
Thank you, Susan. I was from Covina and now live in Bullhead City. Were you anywhere near either of those locations?
Marja, yes I know Bullhead City! My mother lived in Haulapai Mtn, and I’ve been to Bullhead several times for various reasons while visiting her. She passed away in 2010, but her husband still lives up on the mountain. And I lived in Show Low, AZ for three years. Gets a little warm in Bullhead in the summer! .)
Ever since I read “Old Murders Never Die,” I’ve been hooked on Marja’s mysteries. Both series are delightful and I love the part dogs play in her books.
Thank you, Patricia! You just made my day, as well as the days of several dogs. : )
Like the way you have show cased your work showing readers what a treat awaits.
Thank you, Jake! I’m so glad you think of the books as a treat.
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