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Jess Lourey is the author of the Lefty-nominated Murder-by-Month mysteries set in Battle Lake, Minnesota, and featuring amateur sleuth Mira James. Jess has been teaching writing and sociology at the college level since 1998. When not raising her wonderful kids, teaching, or writing, you can find her gardening, traveling, and navigating the niceties and meanities of small-town life. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, The Loft, and Lake Superior Writers, and serves on the national board of the Mystery Writers of America. Jess resides in Minnesota.
 

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Young Adult Fantasy
 
New and upcoming books
September 2024

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The Reaping
(Steinbeck and Reed, book 2)
Series
Mira James Mystery
   1. May Day (2006)
   2. June Bug (2007)
   3. Knee High By the Fourth of July (2007)
   4. August Moon (2008)
   5. September Mourn (2009)
     aka September Fair
   6. October Fest (2011)
   7. November Hunt (2012)
   8. December Dread (2012)
   9. January Thaw (2014)
   10. February Fever (2015)
   11. March of Crimes (2017)
   12. April Fools (2019)
   Monday Is Murder (2022)
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Steinbeck and Reed
   1. The Taken Ones (2023)
   2. The Reaping (2024)
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Novels
   The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One (2012)
   Unspeakable Things (2020)
   Bloodline (2021)
   Litani (2021)
   The Quarry Girls (2022)
   A Whisper of Poison (2025)
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Collections
   Resort to Murder (2007) (with others)
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Series contributed to
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Jess Lourey recommends
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Close Range (2024)
(Kate Fox Mystery, book 9)
Shannon Baker
"...a character to follow anywhere."
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Lost to Dune Road (2024)
Kara Thomas
"I enjoyed Lost to Dune Road from the first page until the last. The voice is snappy, the plot deliciously twisted, the characters complex, and the ending deeply satisfying. Bonus? It has one of the best opening sentences in recent history."

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Books containing stories by Jess Lourey
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Shattering Glass (2020)
A Nasty Woman Press Anthology
edited by
Heather Graham
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Blood Work (2018)
edited by
Rick Ollerman
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Cooked to Death (2016)
Tales of Crime and Cookery
(Cooked to Death, book 1)
edited by
Rhonda Gilliland and Michael Allan Mallory

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Awards
2023 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Novel : The Quarry Girls
2022 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Paperback original : Bloodline
2022 Anthony Award for Best Paperback Novel : Bloodline
2021 Anthony Award for Best Paperback original : Unspeakable Things

Award nominations
2024 Edgar Award for Best Paperback original (nominee) : The Taken Ones
2021 Edgar Award for Best Paperback original (nominee) : Unspeakable Things
2017 Anthony Award for Best Paperback original (nominee) : Salem's Cipher
2016 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel (nominee) : February Fever
2015 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel (nominee) : January Thaw
2013 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel (nominee) : December Dread
2012 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel (nominee) : October Fest
2008 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel (nominee) : Knee High By the Fourth of July


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