The Wordplay Mysteries
Wanda – loves word games and cooking. A widow in her early 60’s whose nephew, Todd, is a rookie cop recently hired in Scrub Oak. He also is a word game wizard.
Betty Sue – a retired elementary school teacher who can recall each child and their families in her classes since 1975. She and Wanda grew up in Scrub Oak together and have been BFFs most of their lives. She has a sharp mind and a big heart.
Evelyn – a relative newcomer to Scrub Oak, she moved there in 2010 to care for her sister until she passed from cancer three years ago. Widowed in the Gulf War in 1990 at the age of 35, she never remarried. She stayed in Scrub Oak because she and Wanda became friends and she wanted to finally put down roots. She loves CSI shows.
And the Books...
Word Has It – Not prone to gossip, Wanda keeps herself to herself. But when she hears from her nephew that a ring of thieves may be hiding out in the area, she begins to wonder if the old Ferguson place is still abandoned. When words like jewels, woodshed, landing, and evil appear on their weekly word game days after a deadly shooting on the property, she determines it is a sign she and her friends should investigate. Releases Feb 12, 2021
Word Gets Around – Each of the three ladies receives a nonsensical note slipped between the wiper blades of their cars. When the ladies combine the words on a word game board, it spells trouble for one of Betty’s former students, who is now a freelance reporter for the Oakmont County Gazette. Could it be she reported way too much? Releases July 9, 2021
In Other Words – Many English words contain the same letters but in a different order, like stressed and desserts. After the local thrift store owner is found dead in the alley behind his store, the ladies will need their word playing skills to unravel the dual meanings of the graffiti that appears around town before two more people’s games end. Releases February 2022
IN THE FUTURE:
Hang On Every Word
Tom Jacob retires, leaving the operation of The Oakmont Gazette to his daughter and son-in-law. They decide to turn it into an online paper and hire Wanda to design with the biweekly Wordplay puzzles. But when they publish a new clue for the interactive Hang Man puzzle each Tuesday and Friday, someone uses the clues to decide who to rob next in Scrub Oak and people begin to blame Wanda. Will Todd end up arresting his own aunt?
Away with Words
While on a women’s church retreat, Betty Sue, Wanda, and Evelyn discover more than they anticipate on a Scavenger Hunt based on Biblical references. They find a man’s shoe floating in the creek with a blood-soaked sole. Has a poor soul found its end or just its footwear?
Loss for Words
While driving back from visiting Old Mrs. Tucker at the retirement home, Betty Sue and Wanda find a disheveled woman wandering down the road. She has a large goose egg on her head and no memory of who she is or how it happened. The ladies not only play Good Samaritan and then have a churchyard sale to raise money for her treatment, but they also decide it is their duty to discover who she is and who conked her on the head.