Yes, Virginia may be for lovers, but it is also for mysteries, too. At least according to 14 writers from the Old Dominion. Virginia Is for Mysteries is a collection of seventeen short stories set in and around the state of Virginia. All stories are written by Virginia residents with “murder” in mind. Each story features a Virginia landmark--from the shores of Cape Henry Lighthouse to Richmond’s Old Hollywood Cemetery to Jefferson’s Monticello--and transports readers across Virginia’s rich, unique, and very deadly landscape.
The anthology includes Jayne’s short humorous mystery, “Best Friends Help You Move
the Body.” Here’s the pitch: “Playing hooky from work lands two best friends in trouble when their day of sightseeing has them discovering only one thing…a dead body.”
A collection of twelve fictional tales about life along the Chesapeake Bay, they range from murderous to romantic, from humorous to dramatic, from gritty noir to political thriller to the sweet and the spiritual. The thread that ties them together is their connection to a 100-acre peninsula in Norfolk, Virginia. East Beach is nestled on the shores of the southernmost point of the Chesapeake Bay, just as it becomes the Atlantic Ocean. Written by members of the East Beach Writers Guild, these tales exhibit the writers’ love of their neighborhood and their talent for story-telling. All proceeds from the sales of these books will be disbursed to reading-related non-profits in the Norfolk, Virginia area.
Jayne has two stories in the anthology:
“Secrets”--There are no secrets that time doesn’t reveal… That’s a line from a movie that earned Stella Gardner her first Oscar. Stella’s own secrets harken back to her youth growing up on the eastern peninsula Norfolk, now known as East Beach.
“The Sniper Sisters”--East Beach residents Dorothy Westmoreland and her sister Evelyn Binghamton have retired from lives of organizing bake sales and attending civic league meetings. But that doesn’t mean they're sitting in their rocking chairs. No, not these two. They become active in their community…in a way nobody expects.
Can you have a future if you can’t remember the past? When Skye Crenshaw Whitmore is shown a picture of a house with a blue door, she recalls living there as a young girl. At first the memories are of the warm and fuzzy variety; little moments spent gardening or reading with her mother. Upon learning that the house on Periwinkle Place is where her mother died, darker memories bubble to the surface but fail to assemble into a complete picture. With more questions than answers, she sets off to find out what exactly happened in that house thirty years ago. Skye soon learns that old memories never die, they just wait…Behind the Blue Door.
A Blonds at the Beach Mystery
With 31,536,000 seconds in a year, what are the odds that the one minute Ellery Tinsdale and Samantha “Sam” Greene choose to break into the confidential files at the Braddocks Beach Church of Divine Spiritual Enlightenment would be the same minute Reverend John Thomas Hammersmith is brutally murdered while eating lunch at his desk? But that’s the kind of bad luck Ellery experiences since moving to the small lakeside resort founded by her distant relatives. Her and Sam’s close proximity to the tragic event makes them not only witnesses but suspects, too. And when not one, but two, more residents are found dead, Ellery and Sam are the unlucky ones to discover those bodies as well. Police Chief Lewis thinks it is more than a coincidence, and it’s up to Ellery and Sam to clear their names by finding the killer—or killers—roaming the streets of this small Ohio town.
Ellery Tinsdale's father never talked about his childhood, never once mentioned what happened to his family, and never ever gave any indication there existed a lakefront resort in central Ohio founded by his ancestors. Curious upon receiving notice of the death of an aunt she hadn't known existed, Ellery travels to Braddocks Beach in hopes of learning a bit about her heritage. There she finds she is to inherit the family house, the family jewels, the family real estate holdings, the family bank accounts, and, much to her dismay, the family role of Queen Bee. Ellery also finds herself accused of Aunt Izzy's murder. Samantha Greene is the lifelong friend and neighbor of Isabel Tinsdale, as well as the self-appointed purveyor of Braddocks Beach history. The recent discovery of a surviving member of Braddocks Beach's 'royal family' sets the town abuzz with anticipation of Ellery's arrival. But Sam soon learns that Ellery is the only person to ever flunk out of Madame Rowena's School of Etiquette and has much to learn about making appearances, leading charity drives, heading up committees, and setting fashion trends. But first and foremost is the business of clearing the Tindsale name of murder. What do a third-grade science teacher and a small-town socialite know about tracking killers? It's what they don't know that may hurt them.
In vino mysterium is the theme for this anthology of short stories, each blending a baffling mystery and a glass (or more) of cabernet. When eighteen mystery writers combine their talents, the result is the perfect "flight" of stories that range from light-bodied puzzles to sparkling cozies to darker, heavier tales of deceit and murder. While cabernet is the featured wine, this anthology will appeal to connoisseurs of all varietals--in both wine preference and mystery style.
This includes Jayne's short mystery, "Life is a Cabernet". Here's the tease: Randa Miller had been lured to the Mahjongg Maniacs convention by the promise of wine. Thankfully, there is plenty of it, as she’s found it’s the only thing that can calm her nerves after discovering a dead body.
The East Beach writers are at it again, this time offering 14 new fictional tales about life along the Chesapeake Bay. The neighborhood of East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia is the setting for these vignettes of family, friendship, mystery, history, adventure, love, and light-hearted fun. Join the characters as they walk the tree-lined streets, stroll the sandy shores, or relax on a rocking chair on one of the deep front porches that define this community. By the Bay 2: More East Beach Stories is the perfect beach read, whether you’ve got your toes in the sand or simply wished you did. All proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to local non-profit groups dedicated to improving literacy. For more information on the designated charities, please visit our website, www.BythebayStories.blogspot.com and click on the Charities tab.
This anthology includes Jayne's shorty mystery, "Write by the Bay". About the story: Carrie Hanover solves mysteries--in the literary sense. She's a writer. But when valuable jewels go missing from her landlady's home, Carrie finds herself embroiled in a real mystery...one fraught with real danger.
This book is available in trade paperback and kindle version from Amazon.
Virginia may be for lovers, but to nineteen authors, Virginia is for More Mysteries. The anthology of nineteen short stories, set in and around the Commonwealth, features Virginia landmarks and locations such as Virginia Wine Country, Poe Museum, Lurray Caverns, Colonial Williamsburg, Great Dismal Swamp, Nimrod Hall, Barter Theater, and Mill Mountain, to name a few. The stories transport readers across the diverse backdrop of the Old Dominion to a unique and deadly landscape, filled with killers, crooks, and criminals. (Sisters in Crime).
"It's Wine o'Clock Somewhere" is Jayne's contribution. Set in Yorktown, VA, the story is summarized as follows: Real estate agents see a lot of things in the houses they tour, but a bomb shelter with a dead body is a first for Terri Sullivan. The only way to clear her name and get her clients back after becoming a suspect is to find the real killer herself.
"The Chesapeake Bay area is home to strong winds, joys and fears, where you lock your doors at night in the cities and probably should lock them in the countryside, too, especially after reading this anthology [It] gives me 15 reasons to wish I had not moved to the Midwest. And for the folks who are still living in this supposedly mild-mannered region, all I can say is, enjoy the weather, but watch your back." Sajuta Massey The anthology includes Jayne's short mystery, "The Tide Also Rises". Here's the pitch: "A stay at a friend's house is not quite the get-away a young woman had hoped for when she discovers a dead body and gets involved in finding the killer."