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Kelly Oliver is the award winning author of The Jessica James, Cowgirl Philosopher, Mystery series, including WOLF, COYOTE, FOX, and JACKAL. Kelly grew up in the Northwest, Montana, Idaho, and Washington states. Her maternal grandfather was a forest ranger committed to saving the trees, and her paternal grandfather was a logger hell bent on cutting them down. On both sides, her ancestors were some of the first settlers in Northern Idaho. In her own unlikely story, Kelly went from eating a steady diet of wild game shot by her dad to becoming a vegetarian while studying philosophy and pondering animal minds. Competing with peers who’d come from private schools and posh families “back East,” Kelly’s working class backwoods grit has served her well. And much to her parent’s surprise, she’s managed to feed and cloth herself as a professional philosopher.

Kelly’s Jessica James, Cowgirl Philosopher, Mystery Series moves between the Chicago area and Western Montana. 
When she’s not writing Jessica James mystery novels, Kelly Oliver is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She earned her B.A. from Gonzaga University and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She is the author of thirteen scholarly books, ten anthologies, and over 100 articles, including work on campus rape, reproductive technologies, women and the media, film noir, and Alfred Hitchcock. Her work has been translated into seven languages, and she has published an op-ed on loving our pets in The New York Times. She has been interviewed on ABC television news, the Canadian Broadcasting Network, and various radio programs

Kelly lives in Nashville with her husband and her furry family, Hurricane, Yukiyu, and Mayhem.


Genres: Mystery, Historical Mystery
New and upcoming books
Jessica James Mystery
   1. Wolf (2016)
   2. Coyote (2016)
   3. Fox (2017)
   4. Jackal (2018)
   5. Viper (2019)
   6. Cottonmouth (2021)
   7. Cobra (2022)
Fiona Figg & Kitty Lane Mystery
   1. Chaos at Carnegie Hall (2022)
   2. Covert in Cairo (2023)
   3. Mayhem in the Mountains (2023)
   4. Arsenic at Ascot (2023)
   5. Murder in Moscow (2024)
   6. Poison in Piccadilly (2024)
Kelly Oliver recommends
The Socialite's Guide to Murder (2022)
(Pinnacle Hotel Mystery, book 1)
S K Golden
"S.K. Golden's The Socialite's Guide to Murder is a sparkling gem. Manhattan socialite, and Marilyn Monroe wannabe, Evelyn Murphy, may have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but when an artist is found with a knife in his back, her insider's knowledge of the Pinnacle Hotel comes in handy. When she's not dressing to the nines, pampering her adorable Pomeranian Presley, or sharing chocolate marshmallows with the precocious Amelia, she's hunting down thieves and murderers. In the process, she discovers there's more to life than Tiffany diamonds and tiki cocktails.The Socialite's Guide to Murder is nonstop entertainment--at turns witty, charming, touching, and spellbinding. An enticing treat for cozy mystery fans."

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