Books by Judy Alter

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I'm really a mystery author! Hard for me to believe because it's always been my secret ambition to write mysteries. Five Kelly O'Connell Mysteries--Skeleton in a Dead Space, No Neighborhood for Old Women, Trouble in a Big Box, Danger Comes Home, and Deception in Strange Places--are now available in print and as e-books. And two Blue Plate Cafe Mysteries, Murder at the Blue Plate Café and Murder at the Tremont House, are also available. In that series, I move from an inner city urban neighborhood to a small town in East Texas.

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The Perfect Coed (Oak Grove Mysteries Book 1)
by Judy Alter
Susan Hogan is smart, pretty—and prickly. There was no other word for it. She is prickly with Jake Phillips and her Aunt Jenny, the two people who love her most in the world. And she is prickly and impatient with some of her academic colleagues and the petty jealousies in the English department at Oak Grove University. When a coed’s...
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The Art of Dipping Candles (Sue Ellen Learns to Dance and Other Stories)
by Judy Alter
A short story, historical fiction, set on the Texas frontier in the 1880s about the effects of a Comanche attack on a woman and her family. Based on a true story.The hot wax for candle dipping figures in the way the woman saved her children. Told from the daughtr's point of view.
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Sue Ellen Learns to Dance and Other Stories
by Judy Alter
"The fifteen stories in Judy Alter's Sue Ellen Learns to Dance and Other Stories are funny and sad, modern and historical, and rural and urban. For most of her career, Judy has been recognized as a novelist, biographer, critic, and western historian. With these stories, she adds another dimension to her award-winning career."--James Ward...
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Elmer Kelton:: Essays and Memories
by Judy Alter
When Elmer Kelton died in the fall of 2009, the literary world lost a consummate writer, a man the New York Times called a “novelist who brought the sensibility of the old-style western to bear on a modern Texas landscape of oil fields and financially troubled ranches.” Kelton was also a modest, kind man, always willing to...
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Murder at Peacock Mansion (Blue Plate Café Mysteries Book 3)
by Judy Alter
Arson, a bad beating, and a recluse who claims someone is trying to kill her all collide in this third Blue Plate Café Mystery with Kate Chambers. Torn between trying to save David Clinkscales, her old boss and new lover, and curiosity about Edith Aldridge’s story of an attempt on her life, Kate has to remind herself she has a café...
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Trouble in a Big Box: A Kelly O'Connell Mystery (Kelly O'Connell Mysteries Book 3)
by Judy Alter
Kelly O’Connell has her hands full: her husband Mike Shandy is badly injured in an automobile accident, developer Tom Lattimore wants to build a big-box grocery store called Wild Things in Kelly’s Fairmount neighborhood, and someone is stalking Kelly. Tom Lattimore’s pressure turns to threats when Kelly activates a neighborhood...
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Deception in Strange Places: A Kelly O'Connell Mystery (Kelly O'Connell Mysteries Book 5)
by Judy Alter
A woman desperately seeking her biological mother, a televangelist determined to thwart that search, a hired hit man, and in the midst of it all, a reclusive diva who wears Chinese silk gowns and collects antique Chinese porcelain. No one is telling the whole truth, and Kelly doesn’t know who to trust. She has gotten herself involved...
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No Neighborhood for Old Women: A Kelly O'Connell Mystery (Kelly O'Connell Mysteries Book 2)
by Judy Alter
When a serial killer begins targeting older women in Fort Worth’s Fairmount neighborhood, realtor/renovator Kelly O’Connell investigates, in spite of the pleas of her companion, policeman Mike Shandy, and her assistant, the colorful Keisha, that she stay out of it. Kelly knows a serial killer will hurt business, and she worries about...
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Vaccines (21st Century Skills Innovation Library: Innovation in Medicine)
by Judy Alter
During the 20th century, smallpox was responsible for 500 million deaths, yet by the end of the century the disease was eradicated. How did this amazing accomplishment happen? How was the smallpox and other vaccines developed? This book explores role innovation has played in the development of these powerful disease fighters.
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The Gilded Cage: A Novel of Chicago
by Judy Alter
Born to society and a life of privilege, Bertha Honoré married Potter Palmer, a wealthy entrepreneur who called her Cissy. Neither dreamed the direction the other’s life would take. He built the Palmer House Hotel, still famed today, and became one of the major robber barons of the city, giving generously to causes of which he...
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Danger Comes Home (Kelly O'Connell Mysteries Book 4)
by Judy Alter
Kelly O’Connell’s husband, Mike Shandy, insists she has a talent for trouble, but how can she sit idly by while her world is shattering. Daughter Maggie is hiding a runaway classmate; protégé Joe Mendez seems to be hanging out again with his former gang friends and ignoring his lovely wife Theresa; drug dealers have moved into her...
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The Color of Fear: A Kelly O'Connell Mystery (Kelly O'Connell Mysteries Book 7)
by Judy Alter
The Color of Fear marks Judy Alter’s return to mystery fiction and the Kelly O’Connell series after an absence of more than a year. This time, the indomitable Keisha narrates the short tale wherein Kelly and her family live under the threat of infant Gracie’s kidnapping. The story serves as a reprise of many of the previous novels...
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Mattie
by Judy Alter
Against the backdrop of sparsely settled western Nebraska at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie tells the story of a pioneer woman physician. Through the years of her practice, Mattie's life is filled with romance and disappointments, battles won and loved ones lost, challenges met and opportunities passed. Through it all she endures....
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Categories: All Biographies & Memoirs
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