Monday, June 24, 2013


It's official!  The cover for the Virginia is for Mysteries anthology has been revealed.  

Dontcha just love it?

Here's the 4-1-1 on the book, which will be published by Koehler Books in early 2014:

     Yes, Virginia may be for Lovers.  But according to 14 mystery authors from the Old Dominion, Virginia is for Mysteries, too.
     Virginia is for Mysteries is a collection of sixteen short stories set in and around the state of Virginia. A ll stories are written by Virginia residents with "murder" in mind.  Each author is a member of Sisters in Crime writers group.  Each story features a Virginia landmark, from the steps of the 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.

     And I wouldn't be shouting this from the sandy beaches if I didn't have a story included.    "Best Friends Help You Move the Body" was inspired by a visit to the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse back in 2012.  Here are the opening paragraphs of the story (which you can pre-order your copy at ANY bookstore now!)

"Best Friends Help You Move the Body"
by Jayne Ormerod

“The Cape Henry Lighthouse silently guards the entryway into the Chesapeake Bay. Standing near the ‘First Landing’ site of the Jamestown settlers where in 1607 Captain Newport raised a cross to offer thanks for their safe crossing of the Atlantic, the Lighthouse has stood sentinel since it was completed in 1792.” ~ Preservation Virginia

            “I could kill Stella Edwards by pushing her down these stairs.” Courtney Danvers’ voice echoed down to me from her position above.  She was about a dozen feet higher on the iron steps circling around the inside of the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse in Virginia BeachVirginia.