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About Judy K. Walker
Born and raised in West Virginia, Judy returned to her roots in the Appalachian supernatural thriller Dead Hollow trilogy (Prodigal, Founder, and Heir). Now she's back at work on the next Sydney Brennan book.
Judy writes from her home in Hawaii, where she is surrounded by husband, dogs, cat, and assorted geckos. If she's not tapping away at her computer, she hopes she's in her snorkel fins.
Find out more about Judy and her books at www.judykwalker.com
MY RELATIONSHIP WITH SYDNEY BRENNAN: Many authors say their characters are their alter egos, doing the things they've always wanted to do in the ways they wish they could do them. At the risk of sounding shallow, my private investigator Sydney Brennan--with her shoulder-length, curly red hair--is my Hair Alter Ego. It's hard to tell from the ancient, faded, pre-digital photo at the right, but when I was very young I had red ringlets of curls. (And yes, shockingly, that is a book in my hands.) They never grew back after my first haircut, and my mother still laments their loss. The red hue is long gone and as for the curls, the best I can do now is a persistent cowlick and the occasional unruly wave.
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A runaway teen. A dying wish. A shallow schoolyard grave…
When PI Sydney Brennan is hired to find a man’s missing niece, memories of her own troubled teenaged years make the hunt a personal priority. But she can’t refuse a man’s deathbed request, either: to uncover a boy’s long-forgotten, final resting place at a shuttered juvenile center.
Once Sydney commits to tackling both high stakes assignments, life gets complicated. Locating the missing teen is only the first hurdle on the runaway front, and someone demonstrates an alarming interest in the cold case. With the young victim decades in the ground, who are they protecting? And why?
Can Sydney expose the shady correctional facility’s grim secrets before more skeletons are buried? Maybe even her own…
Grave Truth continues the gritty Sydney Brennan Mysteries (see reading order below). If you like dark conspiracies, sarcastic humor, and shocking surprises, then you’ll love Judy K. Walker’s chilling story.
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The Sydney Brennan Mysteries alternate between novels and novellas. The books stand alone, but each of Sydney’s adventures builds upon previous ones. The reading order is:
- Back to Lazarus: A Sydney Brennan Novel
- Secrets in Stockbridge: A Sydney Brennan Novella
- The Perils of Panacea: A Sydney Brennan Novel
- No Safe Winterport: A Sydney Brennan Novella
- Braving the Boneyard: A Sydney Brennan Novel
- River Bound: A Sydney Brennan Novella; and
- Grave Truth: A Sydney Brennan Novel
Sydney Brennan is Back, and Tougher Than Ever!
Experience the continuing adventures of the Tallahassee private investigator readers praise for her “wickedly fun sense of humor,” with “just enough humor to offset the dark…”
This box set contains Books 4-6 (the novel Braving the Boneyard and the novellas No Safe Winterport and River Bound), plus a Bonus Short Story (not available separately for purchase) in a series that will appeal to fans of Sue Grafton’s alphabet series. Click to download and escape to the Florida Panhandle today!
No Safe Winterport: A Sydney Brennan Novella (Book 4)
PI Sydney Brennan’s vacation with her estranged sister in Winterport, Florida, is cut short when her brother-in-law becomes a murder suspect. With a hurricane bearing down on central Florida, it’s up to Sydney to figure out what the man’s gotten himself into and track him down before the authorities—or someone far worse—beats her to it.
Braving the Boneyard: A Sydney Brennan Novel (Book 5)
Tallahassee PI Sydney Brennan is torn between loyalty to her mentor and duty to her client—facing life in prison—when her investigation uncovers a long-buried secret that someone is willing to kill for. How far will Sydney go to protect her friend’s past, and his life?
Club Revelations: A Sydney Brennan Short Story
Private investigator Sydney Brennan drags her friend Noel Thomas along on what Sydney promises will be a straightforward job, but the two women soon get more than they bargained for in a sketchy Florida strip club.
River Bound: A Sydney Brennan Novella (Book 6)
Sydney Brennan isn’t exactly the outdoors type, but when a friend asks her on an unconventional first date, the Tallahassee private investigator agrees. A lazy day canoeing down an idyllic Florida Panhandle river, with your date providing a picnic lunch and most of the paddle power—what can go wrong? A lot, and this time it’s not even Sydney’s fault…
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She’ll take a crack at any case, and any bad guy. But what happens when they make her the target?
Get the first three Sydney Brennan Mysteries and join the tenacious PI in her determined quests to find answers.
North Florida, 2004. Private investigator Sydney Brennan refuses to back down from the truth. But when a suspicious prison suicide demands tough questions, someone decides to put a stop to her investigation. Permanently. Has the gutsy detective met her match?
Running from case to case dodging death and dismemberment becomes this headstrong woman’s modus operandi as she exposes unscrupulous actors. A simple background check for an ex-boyfriend sparks a homicide, and a search for a missing man triggers a run-in with professional killers. Will Sydney’s life be next?
The Sydney Brennan Mystery Series: Books 1-3 contains the first three books in this gripping series. If you like hard-nosed but undeniably human detectives and jaw-clenching tension, with a dose of dark humor stirred in, then you’ll love Judy K. Walker’s action-packed box set.
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Is it bad luck to get held at gunpoint on a first date?
Sydney Brennan isn’t exactly the outdoors type, but the Tallahassee PI can’t say no when her investigator friend Mike Montgomery asks her on an unconventional first date. A lazy day canoeing down an idyllic Florida Panhandle river, with Mike providing a picnic lunch and most of the paddle power—what could go wrong? A lot, and this time it’s not even Sydney’s fault.
Soon Syd and Mike find themselves entangled in someone else’s imploding criminal enterprise, with no easy way out. Because when you’re River Bound, everyone gets swept downstream…
River Bound is a novella featuring the Florida private investigator with a knack for getting into trouble who doesn’t know when to quit. The Sydney Brennan Mysteries are a great fit for Sue Grafton fans who've already blown through the alphabet. (See below for reading order.)
So if you’re looking for a mystery with believable characters and “just enough humor to offset the dark,” click to download and read River Bound today!
One man killed, another poised on the edge between life and death… And it’s not over yet.
Adam Rutledge regrets that he missed his chance to stop the man terrorizing Beecham County, and that people close to him are suffering because of it. But Adam’s torment is only beginning.
No one is safe from the man in shadows, as Adam will soon learn. But the serial killer isn’t the only threat he faces. Someone—or something—even darker is assaulting Adam’s mind, an evil he can’t begin to comprehend.
Adam remains the only person who can put an end to the growing menace but, with his sanity hanging by a thread, he can’t do it alone. Together he and an unlikely ally must track down the only person who may understand what the madman has in store, and know how to stop him… They hope.
Heir is the exciting conclusion to the Dead Hollow supernatural thriller trilogy. If you like abduction thrillers, complex characters, and a dash of paranormal, then you'll love Judy K. Walker's mind-bending tale of crime and family.
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Some secrets just won't stay hidden, no matter how deeply they're buried.
Tallahassee PI Sydney Brennan is torn between loyalty to her mentor Ralph Abraham and duty to her jailed client—facing life in prison—when her investigation uncovers a long-buried secret that someone is willing to kill for. Ralph may owe a debt to a dead man, but Sydney's the one who has to decide how far she'll go to protect her friend's past. And his life...
Need a Sue Grafton fix, but you've blown through the alphabet? You're in luck. Braving the Boneyard features Kinsey's kindred spirit Sydney Brennan, a Florida private investigator with a knack for getting into trouble who doesn't know when to quit. (See below for Sydney Brennan Mysteries reading order.)
If you're looking for a mystery with believable characters and "just enough humor to offset the dark," click to download and read Braving the Boneyard today.
A cop who hates you, a hurricane, or your big sister... which would you rather spend time with?
PI Sydney Brennan's vacation with her estranged sister in Winterport, Florida, is cut short when her brother-in-law becomes a murder suspect. With a hurricane bearing down on central Florida, it's up to Sydney to figure out what the man's gotten himself into and track him down before the authorities--or someone far worse--beats her to it.
No Safe Winterport is a Sydney Brennan novella featuring the Florida private investigator with a knack for getting into trouble who doesn't know when to quit. (See below for reading order.)
Sue Grafton fans who've run out of alphabet, search no more. If you're looking for a PI Mystery with believable characters and "just enough humor to offset the dark," click the Buy Now button to read No Safe Winterport today!
For over a decade, JD Devereaux's son has believed his father is dead. But he's not. At least, not yet.
PI Sydney Brennan returns to west Florida to track down a friend's missing father, but she soon discovers that the man disappeared for a reason. Wherever JD Devereaux goes, men with guns aren't far behind. Before Sydney can reunite him with his son, she'll have to get Devereaux out of Panacea Point alive.
The Perils of Panacea features the Florida private investigator with a knack for getting into trouble who doesn't know when to quit. (See below for reading order.)
Like Sue Grafton's alphabet series? Then Sydney Brennan is right up your dimly lit alley. So if you're looking for a mystery with believable characters and "just enough humor to offset the dark," click the Buy Now button to read The Perils of Panacea today!
It’s happening again. And either Adam’s crazy, or he’s a kidnapped child’s only hope.
Drifter Adam Rutledge is haunted by his childhood, by how helpless he felt when his best friend was abducted and how terrifying it was to see the boy’s fate in his nightmares.
Twenty years later Adam is shaken by a vivid dream, one powerful enough to send him back to Cold Springs. But his Appalachian hometown never lost its mistrust of the orphaned boy who drew heartache like a lightning rod. Especially now that another child has been taken.
To find the missing girl, Adam must dig deep and solve the riddle of his own tragic past. When his efforts unleash visions he’s spent decades burying, his sanity stretches to the breaking point. And all the while, a man is watching and waiting in the shadows.
A madman who means to kill him.
Prodigal is the first book in the Dead Hollow psychological suspense trilogy. If you like crime thrillers with authentic characters and a dash of paranormal, then you’ll love Judy K. Walker’s haunting series.
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She’s investigating a suspicious prison suicide. Someone’s determined to hide the truth…
North Florida, 2004. Private Investigator Sydney Brennan cut ties with her nearest and dearest long ago and keeps her past close to her vest. But it’s hard not to reflect on her own estranged family when a woman hires her to look into her father’s prison-cell suicide. Since the dead man served over twenty years for murdering his wife, Sydney suspects it wasn’t guilt that killed him. What other sins does her client’s family hide?
Sydney’s client isn’t the only one concealing secrets. As Sydney uncovers shady evidence and incomplete reports, the determined PI makes enemies of those who want their misdeeds to stay buried. And though she barely survives a brutal attack, she refuses to allow a violent murderer to remain free.
Can Sydney cut through the lies and expose the coverup before she meets a deadly fate?
Back to Lazarus is the first book in the Sydney Brennan Mysteries series. (See below for reading order.) If you like strong heroines and gut-wrenching twists and turns, with occasional snarky profanity, then you’ll love Judy K. Walker’s gripping novel.
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Someone is still watching from the shadows. And waiting…
The relieved residents of Cold Springs are returning to their normal lives after an arrest in the recent kidnapping. But their children remain in danger, vulnerable pawns for a man who’ll go to any length to make Adam Rutledge suffer.
Adam Rutledge wants nothing more than to forget his brush with death and the childhood trauma it has reawakened. Instead, he’s losing touch with the world around him and falling deeper into visions he can’t escape of horrors that aren’t his own.
When the unthinkable happens and another child is taken, suspicion falls upon Adam, whose role in rescuing the previous victim cannot be explained. Soon Adam is running from the authorities, searching for the missing child and for answers about what is overpowering his mind. But can he live with what he finds?
Founder is the second book in the Dead Hollow psychological suspense trilogy. If you like crime thrillers, authentic characters, and a dash of paranormal, then you’ll love Judy K. Walker’s haunting series.
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How far would you trust your Ex when it comes to murder?
PI Sydney Brennan's first error in judgment: performing a background check for her ex-boyfriend. Her second: delivering the report in person to his upstate New York home, where a man is murdered shortly after her arrival. Will believing her ex is innocent be the third error that leads to another death?
Sue Grafton fans will find Kinsey's kindred spirit in Sydney Brennan, a Florida private investigator with a knack for getting into trouble who doesn't know when to quit. Secrets in Stockbridge is a stand-alone Sydney Brennan novella. (See below for reading order.) If you're looking for a mystery with believable characters and "just enough humor to offset the dark," click the Buy Now button to read Secrets in Stockbridge today!