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Judy Alter

Judy has written fiction and nonfiction for adults and young adults. Her first Kelly O’Connell Mystery is Skeleton in a Dead Space. The second, No Neighborhood for Old Women, launches as an e-book April 8 and in print May 1. A third, tentatively titled, Trouble in a Big Box, will be available in August.  

Alter’s historical fiction titles feature such strong women as Elizabeth Bacon Custer, Jessie Benton Frémont, Lucille Mulhall, and Etta Place, of Hole in the Wall gang fame. Mattie, the story of a woman physician on the Nebraska frontier, is available on Amazon and other digital platforms currently. Libbie, a fictional account of Libbie Custer’s  years with her “boy general,” will be available soon, followed shortly by Sundance, Butch and Me, the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang’s story told from Etta Place’s point of view.

Recently retired as the director of a small press, Alter raised four children as a single parent and has seven grandchildren, with whom she spends as much time as possible. Judy lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with an aging Australian shepherd, and a wild Bordoodle puppy. Her interests include cooking and dogs.


Judy's MR Links
MR Publishers
Turquoise Morning Press
Current Releases
A Kelly O'Connell Mystery, Book 5  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 ...
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Deception in Strange Places
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 journ...
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Murder at the Tremont House
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 o...
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Danger Comes Home

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Murder at the Blue Plate Cafe
  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 in Kelly’s bel...
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Trouble in a Big Box
  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...
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No Neighborhood for Old Women
Kelly O’Connell never thought real estate was a dangerous profession, until she stumbled over a skeleton in a dead space in an early-twentieth-century Craftsman house she was transforming into coveted modern home in an older urban neighb...
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Skeleton in a Dead Space

A Peek Into the Life of Judy Alter

the view from the desk where I spend most of my time

the view from the desk where I spend most of my time
My overcrowded office bookshelves

My overcrowded office bookshelves
My wonderful family

My wonderful family
My cozy older home in a rare Texas snowstorm

My cozy older home in a rare Texas snowstorm

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