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I’ve been writing short stories and novels since 2005. I wish I’d made the decision much earlier in life, but for some odd reason that year was the turning point for me. Having chosen the path, there was no going back.
Just Another Termination is the first in a planned series of mysteries that tell the story of Judy Kenagy, the first career human resources manager to turn sleuth—or, at least the first to admit it. The book is set on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and released for publication on the tenth-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29, 2015. I saw this as an uncanny coincidence because I’d written the first draft of my novel shortly before Katrina barreled ashore that August 29th morning in 2005. We all know what devastation she caused in that region, but she also wrecked havoc with my book. Many of my scenes were set in specific real-life landmarks and structures that Katrina destroyed. If and when I found a publisher, I would never be able to bring my book up to the current timeframe without a major overhaul. I took the easiest route and left the timeframe of Just Another Termination pre-Katrina.
The sequel, A Promotion to Die For, is currently a work-in-progress. In this book, a job promotion returns Judy to Topeka, Kansas where she lived almost thirty years earlier, a place where a freak twist of fate saved her from being murdered. The problem came when her good luck turned someone else’s fate into tragedy. Once the killer’s plan to murder Judy was foiled, he went down the street and killed someone else in her stead. Shortly after that near-miss incident, Judy left Kansas for the West Coast. Now Judy’s returned and the murderer may have a second chance at the one who slipped away.
The third book in the series is only in my head, but will be set in the greater Nashville, Tennessee area where I’ve lived since 2008.
At long last, she lands a job with a good employer, but the trouble is just beginning…
Human resources manager Judy Kenagy hopes her days of running from bad bosses and guilt-ridden memories are over. But alas, she’s barely settled in when a young female employee is found shot to death, spinning her new workplace into turmoil. Small-town police chief, Carl Bombardier solicits Judy’s help in her role as the company’s HR Manager. While working with Judy, he shares his fanatical interest in a twenty-five year old double homicide he believes is linked to her last and worst bad boss. To make matters worse, the trusted assistant of her monster ex-boss starts showing up, keeping the unwanted connection going. When the pesky trusted assistant turns up murdered, Judy learns there’s a connection with the shooting death of the employee. She starts sleuthing at the crime scene and stumbles upon an important piece of evidence. Can she solve all of the murders with this single find? If she does, will she finally be freed from the demons of her past?
Or are things not as they seem?