Book List in Order:37 titles

  • Irene Foxglove wishes she were a French chef. Henrietta James, her assistant, knows she is nothing more than a small-time TV chef on a local Chicago channel. And yet when Irene is threatened, Henny tries desperately to save her, wishing always that M...


  • .Ranching is a man’s story, but in So Far from Paradise, Cassie Belden recalls the story from a woman’s point of view—life on the plains of North Texas, the Comanche and Kiowa raids, the cattle drives, the building of an empire, and finally the...


  • When four young men sign the rental contract on a Fairmount House, realtor Kelly O’Connell has no idea she has just signed a contract for chaos. But the racial tensions sweeping the country erupt in Fort Worth, and her tenants fan the flames. A you...


  • Is the depot a symbol of the worst episode in a town’s history or does it stand for revitalization, bringing the citizens of Wheeler together with pride in their community?Kate Chamber’s trouble antenna go up when Dallas developer Silas Fletcher ...


  • A college student, dead, in an empty pasture. Rifle-carrying strangers in the local grocery store. An irresistible and loveable Labrador puppy. These add up to trouble for Susan Hogan, associate professor of English at Oak Grove (Texas) University, a...


  • 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 in...


  • 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 colo...


  • 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 on...


  • 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 A...






  • Just when Kelly's life has calmed, she faces yet another of life's puzzles. Except the pieces in this one don't fit. First the apartment behind her house is torched, then a string of bizzare "accidents" occur to set her off-balance. Who is stalking h...


  • 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...


  • 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. Kelly has gotten herself involved in a dangerous emotional tangle this time, and Mike ...


  • A journalist comes to Wheeler, Texas, intent on revealing the town’s secrets. Instead she finds a stubborn advocate of the town in Kate Chambers, and the tangled story leads to murder, kidnapping and a high-speed chase. When free-lance journalist S...


  • 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 fo...


  • When twin sisters Kate and Donna inherit their grandmother’s restaurant, the Blue Plate Café in Wheeler, Texas, there’s immediate conflict. Donna wants to sell and use her money to establish a B & B; Kate wants to keep the Café. Thirty-two-year...


  • A Kelly O'Connell Mystery, Book Three Kelly O’Connell has her hands full: her husband Mike Shandy is badly injured in an automobile accident that kills a young girl, developer Tom Lattimore wants to build a big-box grocery store called Wild Things ...


  • Claire Guthrie shoots and wounds her husband the same night that Florence Dodson, Kelly O’Connell’s former neighbor, supposedly falls down her back steps, hits her head, and dies. Kelly knows it’s murder, but she has a hard time convincing Mike...


  • An endearing sleuth, a skeleton behind the spice cupboard, and a fistful of subplots that will keep you guessing. A nicely done debut by an author to watch. —Susan Wittig Albert, author of the China Bayles mysteries Award-winning historical novelis...


  • 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 fro...


  • After her pa is shot in a turn-of-the-century Texas gunfight, 12-year-old Ellsbeth James has no time to go chasing off after the killer. She has to buckle down and take care of her mother and siblings, B.J., Little Henry and Maggie. "Time and place ...


  • This book, written for young people ages eight to twelve, tells readers in clear terms what meteorites are, where they come from, what kinds there are, how to look for them, what to look for if you find a rock you think might be a meteorite. It encou...



  • Fourteen-year-old Cat Jennings lives—and works—on a hardscrabble farm outside Bastrop, Texas, with her parents, an older brother Charlie, and three younger children—Holly, Benjie, and Susanna. But her father has gone to fight at the Alamo, and ...


  • She was born Martha Baird, but history will always remember her as Etta Place, the woman who rode with the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, the outlaws led by Butch Cassidy and Etta's lover, the Sundance Kid. Butch and Sundance are two of the most famous outla...



  • in Legend

    Seven winners of the Spur Award--including Elmer Kelton and Loren D. Estleman--come together to document the life of the legendary Lyle Speaks, from his tormented childhood to his years as a cattle rancher and his regrettable exploits in between. Ori...



  • She was born on an Oklahoma ranch, where her father taught her to rope and ride. Filled with daydreams of joining Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Tommy Jo Burns knew she was destined for greatness as a famous trick roper. At fourteen, she so impressed...


  • Strong, impulsive, and as daring as any man of her day, Jessie Benton was her father's daughter, and never so much as when she defied him. At seventeen, against Senator Thomas Benton's express wishes, she eloped with the handsome young explorer John ...






  • Was the West really hell on horses and women? Not always. This collection of short stories refutes the traditional stereotypes of women in western fiction—the pure schoolmarm, the soiled dove with a heart of gold, the worn and weary settler's wife...


  • More than 100 years after his death at Little Big Horn, General George Armstrong Custer remains firmly entrenched in the American imagination. Alter, a Golden Spur winner, looks at the Custer myth from the first-person perspective of his widow, Eliza...


  • The Gunfighter... Longhair Jim Courtright had been both a marshal and a desperado - and in Hell's Half Acre, the roughest part of Fort Worth, he was a living legend. His skill with a gun had made him a hero in some people's eyes...and a killer in oth...






  • Young Mattie, poor and illegitimate, was introduced to an entirely new world when she was hired to care for the daughter of an influential doctor. By sheer grit and determination, she eventually became a doctor herself and set up her practice amid th...