Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Susan P Baker

Susan P Baker

The author of six novels and two nonfiction books. all of which have a legal angle due to her justice career .

 

 Susan P. Baker, a retired Texas judge, is the author of six novels and two nonfiction books, all of which are related to the law. As a judge, she dealt with murder, kidnapping, incest, stalking, child support, child custody, and divorce. Prior thereto, she practiced law for nine years, spending much of her time in the courtroom. While in law school, she worked as a probation officer.

 

 Susan’s father was a lawyer and a judge. She remembers him parking the family outside the old county jail while he went in to make bail bonds. She'd stare out the window at the broken glass lining the tops of the walls to prevent escapes and wonder what the jail was like inside. Later, as a probation officer and then an attorney, she became quite familiar with the interior of the jail but luckily could leave whenever she wanted.

 

 Susan is a member of Women Fiction Writers Association, Authors Guild, Sisters in Crime, Writers League of Texas, and Galveston Novel and Short Story Writers.

 

 She has two children, eight grandchildren, and lives in Texas. She loves dark chocolate, raspberries, and traveling around the world. An anglophile, she likes to visit cousins in England and Australia (her mother was a British war bride). On her bucket list are a trip to New Zealand, a long trip back to Australia, living in England for several months at a time, visiting all the presidential libraries in the U.S., and driving Route 66.

 

Sweet Scent of Murder, The

Sweet Scent of Murder, The

Fiction, Police/Crime, Humor, Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery.

Private Investigator Mavis Davis starts out searching for a missing girl as a favor to wacky Candy Finklestein, her half-day, high school worker, but the search soon becomes a search for a kidnapper and murderer when the missing girl's brother also disappears and their father winds up dead. Because of her missteps, Mavis is implicated in the kidnapping and must solve the case to clear her name. Even her cop boyfriend, Ben, can't help her this time--or rather, won't. If Mavis can't solve this caper, she's facing a life sentence!

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Suggestion of Death

Suggestion of Death

Fiction, Police/Crime, Suspense, Romance.

Jim Dorman, a laid off newspaperman in the Texas hill country, can’t pay his child support. He is summoned to court for nonsupport and the first thing the judge does is read a Suggestion of Death into the record for a man who was supposed to appear that day. She tells the next man that his children would be better off if he were dead, and when Jim steps up for his turn, the judge tells him to get a job or go to jail. At his next court appearance the judge reads another Suggestion of Death into the record, sparking Jim’s curiosity. He begins researching and discovers a number of men who have been cited for nonsupport have died accidental deaths. When an informant winds up murdered and stuffed in a trunk and strange mishaps befall Jim, he figures he’d better find out who’s behind the deaths before he ends up as the next dead dad.

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My First Murder

My First Murder

Fiction, Police/Crime, Humor, Women Sleuths.

Mavis Davis, a likable, new-to-the-job private investigator, not only has one of the wackiest office staffs in mystery fiction, but also goes about solving her first crime in her own, independent, highly interesting way.

When greasy-spoon cafe owner Carl Singleton shows up wanting to hire Mavis to solve the murder of one of his waitresses, Doris Jones, a woman with whom he has fallen in love, Mavis reluctantly takes the job especially when Carl confesses that all the other private investigators in Houston have turned him down. But, facts are facts, and Mavis has to face the fact that she has bills to pay that serving legal papers won't cover.

Though the Houston Police Department, including Mavis' boyfriend Sgt. Ben Sorensen, get in her face and try to discourage her, Mavis dives head first into the case. What she learns is, there is scandal deep in the heart of Texas. She only hopes she can uncover it before it's too late for her.

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Death of a Prince

Death of a Prince

FictionPolice/Crime, Women Sleuths.

Criminal defense attorney Sandra Salinsky is hired to defend the killer of plaintiffs' attorney Phillip Parker. Salinsky and her mother, Erma Townley, not only are law partners but often sparing partners. Since the decedent was Salinsky's mother's best friend, the case becomes more complicated than it first appears.

Although the defendant claims she's innocent, Sandra soon learns that she had millions of reasons to kill Parker, and not all of them were about money. To make matters worse, Edgar Saul, the prosecutor from hell, is assigned to the case. Sandra and Erma put their heads together to try to figure out who really killed Parker, but it seems everyone has a different story of the events on the night of the murder.

One thing is certain, someone stole the victim's watch and ring, which could turn a murder into a capital murder, a death penalty offense. Sandra has to find the killer before her client is indicted and put to trial for capital murder. Before the case is over, Sandra risks everything to solve a crime that leads into the very pillars of Galveston society and puts herself in danger to capture a killer who will take no chances in making her the next victim

A sequel to The Enigma Factor, The Enigma Rising continues Breakfield and Burkey’s tales of high-stakes information brokering, while remaining an enjoyable yarn of lost and found, loving and growing, and counterbalancing the greedy for newcomers to the Enigma Series.

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