Terry Odell
AUTHOR

Terry Odell

I was born in Los Angeles and now make my home in Divide, Colorado. An avid reader (my parents tell everyone they had to move from our first home because I finished the local library), I always wanted to "fix" stories so the characters did what I wanted, in books, television, and the movies. Once I began writing, I found this wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery I intended to write rapidly became a romance.

However, my entry into the world of writing can be attributed to a "mistake" when my son mentioned the Highlander television series on a visit home. Being the "good mother" I began watching the show and soon connected with the world of fan fiction, first as a reader, then as a critique giver, and then, one brave weekend, I wrote my first short story.

Things snowballed and soon I was writing my first original novel. Much later, I mentioned something about a recent Highlander episode to my son, and he said, "Oh, I've never actually watched the show, I just thought the concept was cool." Little did he know what he'd started.

I love getting into the minds of my characters, turning them loose in tight spots and seeing what they do. Too often, they surprise me.

My published works include the Pine Hills Police Series, the Blackthorne, Inc. covert ops series, the Triple-D Ranch series and the stand alone, What's in a Name? -- all Romantic Suspense, as well as the Mapleton Mystery series, which have been described as a blend of police procedural and cozy mysteries. My mystery short story collection, Seeing Red, is a Silver Falchion award winner. I also have a collection of contemporary romance short stories.

I'm an active member of Romance Writers of America, and its Kiss of Death chapter, as well as Mystery Writers of America. When I'm not writing, or watching wildlife from my window, I'm probably reading.

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Best Sellers

    • Pine Hills Police: Four Complete Novels

    • By: Terry Odell
    • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
    • Length: 40 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    Three full length novels featuring the small town of Pine Hills, Oregon and police detective Randy Detweiler are bundled in this collection of romantic suspense police procedurals....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Too much sex!

    • By S. Daggett on 03-07-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Deadly Secrets

    • Mapleton Mystery
    • By: Terry Odell
    • Narrated by: Steve Marvel
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Police chief Gordon Hepler would rather be on the streets than behind a desk, but he promised his late mentor he'd accept the position....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not the tale I was looking for

    • By Jan on 06-17-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • In Deep Trouble

    • A Triple-D Ranch Romantic Suspense
    • By: Terry Odell
    • Narrated by: Pamela Almand
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    In her job as a Sheriff's Department dispatcher, Cecily Cooper sees plenty of people who could use a second chance. She's created a program to give the less advantaged a fresh start....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Triple-D cowboys and their ladies rock!

    • By Audiophile on 04-18-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • In Hot Water

    • By: Terry Odell
    • Narrated by: Pamela Almand
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    The Triple-D Ranch novels are set against the backdrop of a Colorado cattle ranch, where cowboys find love and danger while they're working the range....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exciting thrilling chilling suspenful read

    • By Cyn on 10-15-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • In Dire Straits

    • Triple-D Ranch, Volume 3
    • By: Terry Odell
    • Narrated by: Pamela Almand
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    For Tim Halloran, Army Ranger turned Colorado cowboy, a simple life on a cattle ranch with no strings is his idea of perfection. Maybe he'll have a ranch of his own someday....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cows and a crisis and cowboys that rock

    • By Audiophile on 06-14-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Deadly Puzzles

    • Mapleton Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: Terry Odell
    • Narrated by: Steve Marvel
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    Solving a crime is like piecing together a puzzle. But what happens if the pieces don't fit....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A cozy mystery

    • By Catrina P on 10-13-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Deadly Production

    • Mapleton Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Terry Odell
    • Narrated by: Steve Marvel
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    When life seems too good to be true - watch out....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another amazing trip to Mapleton

    • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 10-13-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Hidden Fire

    • Pine Hills Police, Book 2
    • By: Terry Odell
    • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Returning from a stint as part of a task force on violent crime, Randy Detweiler is eager to reunite with Sarah Tucker in Pine Hills, but she's having second thoughts about their relationship....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific Series, Can't Wait For the Next

    • By Marcia L. Berbeza on 01-26-14

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Deadly Bones

    • A Mapleton Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Terry Odell
    • Narrated by: Steve Marvel
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    A dog finding a bone is no big deal - until it turns out to be human....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love Mapleton!

    • By Joyce Reece on 02-10-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Finding Sarah

    • Pine Hills Police, Book 1
    • By: Terry Odell
    • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 52

    Being robbed at gunpoint wasn't part of Sarah Tucker's business plan. Neither was falling in love with the detective who arrived to solve the case....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Solid but in a Time Warp

    • By Melinda Moore on 07-11-15

    Regular price: $19.95

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