Linda Lovely is a terrific writer with a wonderful sense of humor in real life as well as on the page. Years ago, I was new to the Southern Writers realm and attended a meeting where Linda chatted about her books. She shared with the group that she had read several romantic suspense books and found them lacking in love lives for anybody north of 50 years old.
I’ll never forget her question to the group: “Why should the young have all the fun?” Lovely delivers stories that feature romantically active characters in the second half of life. Women of a certain age can relate to the accomplished female protagonists that have already achieved quite a bit, but who can also solve the crimes placed in their way. While attracted to men who are their worthy equals, these are women who have also proven that they can exist rather nicely on their own.
Take a look at Linda Lovely’s engaging book list and click on the book titles for the ‘buy’ links:
Marley Clark Mysteries – a retired military intelligence officer works security on a Carolina island, and proves that life after 50 can be an adventure.
Read “Dear Killer” review here.
Smart Women, Dumb Luck Romantic Suspense – Three women meet at Blue Ridge University, then find they can count on each other again many years later.
Standalone – 1938 historical suspense about a woman fighting for her life and that of her son, and then she is wrongly accused of murdering her husband.
The Brie Hooker Series stars a vegetarian cook who agrees to help out her goat-farm-owning, meat-loving Aunt. The murder and mayhem is sometimes intense, and the meat vs vegetable scenarios are hilarious. The men in the books vying for Brie’s heart aren’t bad either. Plus, who knew that ‘salami’ could be used as a swear word?
Read “Bones to Pick” review here
Read “Picked Off” and “Back Pick” reviews here.
The HOA Mystery Series
“With Neighbors Like These” is the first of three planned books in Lovely’s new series. Retired Coast Guard Investigator, Kylee Kane, comes home to help her mother, and Kylee reconnects with hunky Ted Welch. His company manages a number of Home Owner’s Associations, including the one where Kylee’s mom (who knows everything and everyone) lives. A dispute between deer hunters and conservationists results in a death, mayhem occurs at another property, and Ted hires Kylee to check out any security issues. Events quickly escalate and together they solve multiple crimes, as the unfolding investigation leads them in directions they could not have anticipated.
Multi-layered plots are always central to Linda Lovely’s novels. With her fully fleshed out central characters perfectly set up to navigate the twists and turns of the storylines, this entertaining mystery writer always delivers a thoroughly engrossing read. “With Neighbors Like These,” is a stellar, page-turning beginning to her HOA Mystery Series.
“Neighbors to Die For,” the second book in this terrific series, is out now.
Please visit https://www.lindalovely.com to learn more about Lovely and her upcoming events.