The Word Play Mysteries
coming in 2021-2022
Wanda – loves word games and cooking. A widow in her late 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 and spinster who can recall each child in her class and their attributes since 1975. She and Wanda grew up in Scrub Oak together. She loves word search and of games where each person forms words off the other.
Evelyn – a relatively 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.
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.
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?
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.