Elaine L. Orr
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Elaine L. Orr

Elaine L. Orr authors three mystery series, including the eleven-book Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series, which is set at the Jersey shore. "Behind the Walls" was a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards. First in her three-book River's Edge mystery series was "From Newsprint to Footprints," followed by "Demise of a Devious Neighbor." Iowa nice meets murder. The second River's Edge book was a Chanticleer finalist in 2017.

Small-town Illinois is the site for the Logland Series -- "Tip a Hat to Murder" and "Final Cycle." This series features Police Chief Elizabeth Friedman -- a police procedural with a cozy feel.

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Elaine also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act, "Common Ground," published in 2015. Her novella, "Biding Time," was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993. "Falling into Place" is a novella about family strength as a World War II veteran rises to the toughest occasion. "In the Shadow of Light" is the fictional story of Corozón and her family, who are separated at the U.S./Mexico border.

Elaine conducts presentations on electronic publishing and other writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes "Words to Write By: Getting Your Thoughts on Paper" and "Writing in Retirement: Putting New Year's Resolutions to Work." She also presents online classes about writing and publishing.

A member of Sisters in Crime, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994. Elaine graduated from the University of Dayton with a BA in Political Science and from the American University with an MA in Government. She worked for GAO and the National Academy of Public Administration for many year, and for two Iowa members of the U.S. House of Representatives -- one Republican and one Democrat.

Elaine did some journalism course work at the University of Maryland and has taken fiction courses from The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD, the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and Georgetown University's Continuing Education Program. She is a regular attendee at the Magna Cum Murder in Indianapolis and the Book Bums Workshop in West Liberty, Iowa.

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    • Ground to a Halt

    • Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 8
    • By: Elaine Orr
    • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    When Jolie Gentil goes to buy a cup of coffee the morning after a storm knocks out power at her house in Ocean Alley, she finds Java Jolt unlocked and minus its owner....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Appraisal for Murder

    • Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series
    • By: Elaine Orr
    • Narrated by: Paula Faye Leinweber
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 48

    Jolie Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge's bed and breakfast at the Jersey shore, taking her cat, Jazz, and joining Madge's pair of prune-eating dogs....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • New version of the audio available

    • By Elaine L. Orr on 10-01-13

    Regular price: $17.99

    • Demise of a Devious Neighbor

    • River's Edge Cozy Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Elaine L Orr
    • Narrated by: Brad C. Wilcox
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    The reverberating bangs shake Melanie Perkin's nerves....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Who Done it

    • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 08-29-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Tip a Hat to Murder

    • Logland Mystery Series, Book 1
    • By: Elaine L. Orr
    • Narrated by: Kevin Iggens
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Join Elizabeth, Medical Examiner Skelly, and an offbeat group of characters who will tackle a murder and tickle your funny bone....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Book 1

    • By Zoe on 07-16-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Jolie and Scoobie High School Misadventures

    • Jolie Gentil Cozy Mysteries, Book 0.5
    • By: Elaine Orr
    • Narrated by: Pamela Hershey
    • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Jolie Gentil knows no one at Ocean Alley High School. Some kids snub her, but she makes friends with irreverent Scoobie. He's quirky and fun, but people avoid him….

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Behind the Walls

    • Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 6
    • By: Elaine Orr
    • Narrated by: Michael Spence
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    It's fun to buy a house. Unless, there is something hidden behind the walls and someone wants it. Someone who is willing to kill for it....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • good book for walking

    • By GrannieKassie on 03-01-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Rekindling Motives

    • Jolie Gentil, Book 2
    • By: Elaine Orr
    • Narrated by: Paula Faye Leinweber
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    When appraising the vacant Tillotson-Fisher house, Jolie Gentil finds the skeleton of Richard Tillotson hidden in an antique attic wardrobe....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A fun historical treat!

    • By Christina on 05-12-16

    Regular price: $17.99

    • Trouble on the Doorstep

    • Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Volume 5
    • By: Elaine Orr
    • Narrated by: Christy Lynn
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    From Hurricane Sandy to Bed and Breakfast repairs, to Aunt Madge's wedding in three weeks. If Jolie can handle that surely she can deal with a sobbing woman who shows up at midnight....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another interesting Jolie Gentil book

    • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 11-03-17

    Regular price: $17.99

    • When the Carny Comes to Town, Volume 3

    • By: Elaine Orr
    • Narrated by: Michael Spence
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Jolie never liked the idea of sitting on the plank above the dunk tank for the food pantry's fundraiser at the carnival....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Things get personal to Jolie

    • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 11-17-17

    Regular price: $17.99

    • Holidays in Ocean Alley: Special to the Jolie Gentil Series

    • Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series, Book 9
    • By: Elaine L. Orr
    • Narrated by: Christopher Bateson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Opening your apartment door to see a woman sliding down it is distressing. Especially when that woman has a knife in her chest. How could a murderer be roaming the halls in the middle of the night....

    Regular price: $14.95

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