Judy Alter

more photos (2)

year in books
Antoinette
493 books | 119 friends

Cara
1,457 books | 176 friends

Beth
1,346 books | 3,760 friends

Judy
1,693 books | 31 friends

Rhonda
2,939 books | 1,869 friends

Karen S...
19,049 books | 81 friends

Karen H...
2,215 books | 965 friends

Karla Jay
370 books | 1,753 friends

More friends…

Judy Alter

Goodreads Author


Born
in Chicago
Website

Twitter

Genre

Influences
Deborah Crombie, Julie Hyzy, Carolyn Hart, Susan Wittig Albert, numero ...more

Member Since
May 2008

URL


After an established career writing historical fiction for adults and young adults about women of the nineteenth-century American West, Texas author Judy Alter turned her attention to contemporary cozy mysteries and wrote three series: Kelly O’Connell Mysteries, Blue Plate Café Mysteries, and Oak Grove Mysteries. She is presently at work on a culinary mystery set in contemporary Chicago, her hometown
Her most recent book is The Second Battle of the Alamo, a study in both Texas and women’s history. Judy’s western fiction has been recognized with awards from the Western Writers of America, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the National Cowboy Museum and Hall of Fame. She has been honored with the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement by
...more

The Toaster Oven Thanksgiving

 


Jordan at her table

Late last night, I scrolled through Facebook, amazed at the number of people who, celebrating alone because of covid, nonetheless had the traditional meal, set a fine table for themselves. Oh sure, corners were cut—one picture showed a frozen turkey dinner, but a nice place setting; several who were feeding one or two opted for a turkey breast; one woman said they just served

Read more of this blog post »
 •  2 comments  •  flag
Share on Twitter
Published on November 27, 2020 10:12
Average rating: 3.99 · 4,641 ratings · 415 reviews · 113 distinct worksSimilar authors
Mattie

3.96 avg rating — 2,532 ratings — published 1988 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Murder at the Blue Plate Ca...

4.32 avg rating — 256 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Libbie (Real Women of the A...

3.90 avg rating — 179 ratings — published 1994 — 6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Gilded Cage

4.06 avg rating — 95 ratings2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Sundance, Butch And Me (Rea...

3.98 avg rating — 123 ratings — published 2002 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Cherokee Rose (Real Women o...

4.09 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 1996 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Skeleton in a Dead Space (K...

3.97 avg rating — 139 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Ballad for Sallie

4.14 avg rating — 51 ratings — published 1992 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Murder at Peacock Mansion (...

4.38 avg rating — 42 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Murder at the Tremont House...

4.17 avg rating — 78 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Judy Alter…
Murder at the Blue Plate Café Murder at the Tremont House Murder at Peacock Mansion Murder at the Bus Depot
(4 books)
by
4.30 avg rating — 405 ratings

Libbie Sundance, Butch And Me Cherokee Rose Jessie
(4 books)
by
3.94 avg rating — 412 ratings

Skeleton in a Dead Space No Neighborhood for Old Women Trouble in a Big Box Danger Comes Home Deception in Strange Places Desperate for Death The Color of Fear
(7 books)
by
4.07 avg rating — 338 ratings

Christopher Columbus: Explorer Daniel Boone: Frontiersman Laura Ingalls Wilder: Pione... Sacagawea: Native American ...
(34 books)
by
3.86 avg rating — 102 ratings

The Perfect Coed
(1 book)
by
4.03 avg rating — 40 ratings

More series by Judy Alter…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Judy’s Recent Updates

" Cindy, we'll convert you southerners to white bread dressing yet. Glad to have your note and know the two of you had a grand feast. I hope you, like m ...more "
Judy Alter wrote a new blog post

The Toaster Oven Thanksgiving

  Jordan at her tableLate last night, I scrolled through Facebook, amazed at the number of people who, celebrating alone because of covid, nonetheless Read more of this blog post »
Judy Alter made a comment on Rain, cold, and cozy
" Thanks for your kind words, Claire. I'd love to share a glass of wine with you sometime. Meantime, tonight i"ll raise a toast in your direction. "
Judy Alter rated a book it was amazing
Back Stabbers by Julie Mulhern
Rate this book
Clear rating
Judy Alter rated a book it was amazing
Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern
Rate this book
Clear rating
Just finished Watching the Detectives, the sixth in Julie Mulhearn’s Country Club Murder Series, and I have to say I am captivated by this series. I happened onto the most recent book and enjoyed it so much I went back to start at the beginning. Many ...more
Judy Alter rated a book it was amazing
Death in the Time of Pancho Villa by Sandra Marshall
Rate this book
Clear rating
A plot that sends a naïve young woman from the East into the wilds of the American West may have been done before too many times, but in the debut novel of archeologist and architectural historian Sandra Marshall it becomes a fresh, new thing. Marsha ...more
Judy Alter made a comment on Milestone birthdays
" Leslie, son-in-law says since it's chocolate, he'll eat it no matter what. We turned off the oven and let it sit, hoping it would absorb the extra liq ...more "
Judy Alter rated a book it was amazing
Murder in a Scottish Shire by Traci E. Hall
Rate this book
Clear rating
Some Scottish mysteries are verra dark, but this one is as cozy as yer granny’s teakettle, and a liberal use of easily understood dialect only adds to the charm. Paislee Smith’s stubborn strength will charm you as she copes with a crotchey grandfathe ...more
Judy Alter rated a book really liked it
Dune, Dock, and a Dead Man by Carolyn L. Dean
Rate this book
Clear rating
After a slow start, with perhaps too much small town charm, the suspense really rises in this further advantures of Amanda at Ravenswood Inn--and the touch of roance is nice. Good cozy reading.
Judy Alter rated a book liked it
Murder in the Storybook Cottage by Ellery Adams
Rate this book
Clear rating
I'm a fan of the Book Retreat series and began this one with anticipation, perfectly willing to suspend disbelief and enter the fantasy like world of Storyton, the town and the hotel. A murder in the first few pages, and it was off to a good start. B ...more
More of Judy's books…
“Florence Dodson was murdered the same night that Claire Guthrie shot her husband. For me, the story began with Claire, and I put Mrs. Dodson on the back burner in my mind. That turned out to be a mistake.”
Judy Alter

“way,”
Judy Alter, Mattie

“This time he laughed softly. “You are,”
Judy Alter, Mattie

Polls

177540
The Top 20 Cozy Mystery Box Sets You Can Buy or Download Right Now!

Cozy mysteries, also referred to as "cozies", are a sub-genre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.

Do you enjoy a cozy?

Below are The Top 20 Cozy Mystery Box Sets You Can Buy or Download Right Now! according to Amazon. Is your favourite on the list? What will you be reading?
Vote and comment below

 
  3 votes, 75.0%

 
  1 vote, 25.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Cozy Mysteries : This topic has been closed to new comments. Title and Author Game, Round 2 15570 1116 Mar 21, 2016 09:15AM  
Cozy Mysteries : This topic has been closed to new comments. Mystery ABC's, Round 2 12174 1056 Mar 21, 2016 12:30PM  
Cozy Mysteries : September 2017 18 140 Sep 28, 2017 10:00AM  
Cozy Mysteries : April 2018 5 58 Apr 02, 2018 01:51AM  
Around the World ...: Nebraska 8 255 Apr 05, 2018 06:49AM  
Cozy Mysteries : September 2018 11 49 Sep 10, 2018 04:52PM  
Cozy Mysteries : September 2020 1 45 Aug 30, 2020 11:36AM  
“Florence Dodson was murdered the same night that Claire Guthrie shot her husband. For me, the story began with Claire, and I put Mrs. Dodson on the back burner in my mind. That turned out to be a mistake.”
Judy Alter

126895 Taming Amazon — 368 members — last activity Nov 26, 2020 04:16AM
A place for authors to share ideas and experiences about writing, promotion, and marketing.



Comments (showing 1-6)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

message 6: by Judy

Judy Alter Just released: Deception in Strange Places. 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 who wears Chinese silk gowns and collects antique Chinese porcelain. No one is telling the whole truth, and Kelly doesn’t know who to trust. She has gotten herself involved in a dangerous emotional tangle this time, and Mike doesn’t tell her to back off this time, even when events take them from Fort Worth to San Antonio. http://www.amazon.com/Deception-Stran...


message 5: by Judy

Judy Alter Glad to be your friend, Kris. I'm not a paranormal fan, so maybe you can educate me.


message 3: by Judy

Judy Alter Please visit my new website--http://www.judyalter.com. It includes a linke to the first chapter of my forthcoming novel, Skeleton in a Dead Space.


message 2: by Judy

Judy Alter Thanks, Beth. I'll add your books right away. I'm still exploring this site, so may hold off on the newsletter and Q&A for now.


message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Judy,
Thanks for befriending this mystery author on Goodreads! I hope you will put my books, A Real Basket Case, To Hell in a Handbasket, and the just released Deadly Currents, on your to-read list. If you'd like to enter a contest for free mystery books, sign up for my email newsletter at: http://bethgroundwater.com/ .

I've also reactivated my Q&A group, so please join and join in the discussions: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1...
- Beth


back to top