"Marja McGraw", born and raised in Southern California, is a true Californian. Her family traces back to the 1850's in Los Angeles. She worked in both criminal and civil law enforcement for several years before relocating to Northern Nevada, where she worked for the Nevada Department of Transportation. She also lived in Oregon where she worked for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and owned her own business, a Tea Room/Antique Store. Her next stop was Wasilla, Alaska. The draw to Northern Nevada was strong, and she eventually returned.
"Marja" wrote a weekly column for a small newspaper in No. Nevada and she was the editor for the Sisters in Crime Internet Newsletter for a year and a half.
She has appeared on the morning news in Reno, Nevada, and on KLBC-TV in Laughlin, Nevada. She's also been a guest on several radio and Internet radio shows.
Starting with "Secrets of Holt House", A Mystery, "Marja" followed up with "A Well-Kept Family Secret" - A Sandi Webster Mystery and the beginning of a series. Most recently, she began a new series beginning with "Bogey Nights" - A Bogey Man Mystery.
She says that each of her mysteries contains...
...and that her books concentrate on the characters and solving the crime rather than the crime itself.
She and her husband currently live in No. Arizona.
SANDI WEBSTER MYSTERY SERIES
This series features, Sandi Webster, who is a young female private investigator, with a partner named Pete, and a half wolf/half Golden Retriever dog.
So far I have read only one book, "The Bogey Man", in this series, and I found the entire reading experience enjoyable enough to add "Marja McGraw" among MY LIKED "MYSTERY" AUTHORS ...!
The mystery element was good, the romance part adequate, the characters interesting, the initial sightings of the 'Bogey Man' intriguing, the humour entertaining, and though there were times when I would have preferred the writing to be even more polished and gripping, but overall it was fast-paced and quite enjoyable.
BOOKS IN THIS SERIES
1) A Well-Kept Family Secret
P.I. Sandi Webster’s menopausal mother wants her to solve a century-old murder. Her mother’s attitude causes armed and dangerous Sandi to feel like a gibbering child. Oblivious to her effect on her daughter, Livvie entices Sandi’s cooperation with the story of a lost treasure.
In the meantime, a woman needs Sandi and her partner, Pete, to protect her from a stalker.
Can Sandi solve the murder and find the treasure before someone takes her life? Can she and her partner keep their client from harm with her interfering mother adding her two cents?
Sandi has more than a few surprises waiting for her.
2) Bubba's Ghost
3) Prudy's Back!
4) The Bogey Man
Imagine you're a young, female P.I., it's late at night and you're watching the motel room of an errant husband. The angry wife shows up and blows your cover, and the husband comes after you. Now imagine that Humphrey Bogart comes to your rescue. Sandi Webster's latest case begins with this scenario, and she continues to have "Bogey" sightings. No one will believe her until a woman is murdered at a costume party, and The Bogey Man comes strolling out of the restroom, walking the walk and talking the talk.
5) Old Murders Never Die
6) Death Comes In Threes
7) What Are The Odds?