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“It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.”

Gandalf the Grey, The Hobbit – The Unexpected Journey


Intent... Compassion... Humility... Hope

Welcome to TKStarrMysteries where Karma and Nemesis kick some rear then kick back with a nice bottle of Chianti and a plate of cookies.

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Who, me?

Egads. Well, I'll try and keep it short and relevant.

I’ve been in the legal/law enforcement world in some fashion for over 25 years investigating and prosecuting violent crimes, cruelty to animals, environmental violations, counterterrorism and counterintelligence, public corruption, financial fraud, and civil rights. My professional life has taken me from Hawaii to DC working on the local, state and federal levels. It's been a wild ride to say the least.

However, work isn't everything or even the most important thing. Don't get me wrong. It's been a worthwhile career.  But as wiser folks once stated (or maybe it was just the slogan on an Eddie Bauer T-shirt I once had), never confuse having a career with having a life. It’s true, even if the saying was merely the brainchild of some creative Madmen protégé. When not "on the job",  I prefer baking, writing, running, wine on the deck, anything outdoors, and AcornTV (Murdoch and Miss Fisher Mysteries are current escape favorites). I enjoy laughing with friends over coffee and puttering in the garden.  I tend to “listen” to books more than read them these days (long commutes), but it’s provided a whole new perspective on writing and learning. I live in a small town on a Great Lake with a beloved husband and a very spoiled black rescue cat who rules the house. Life is good, if not always in the expected manner, but I'm learning to let go and appreciate that as well.

Enough of me, what of you?


Slowburn – Book 1

Casey McKittrick prosecutes rapists, murderers, gangs, and thieves. But not arsonists. At least not willingly. Arsons are too close to the secret Casey’s kept all her remembered life. Her guilt and shame that decades ago she killed her whole family in a fiery inferno. But that secret is no longer safe. On the 30th anniversary of the fire, Casey takes on a “slam dunk” homicide. The case quickly unravels however. After Casey’s partner lands in a coma and her boss disappears, Casey learns the homicide victim’s deep past also holds a secret, the truth to the murderer’s motive. Casey reluctantly decides to ask for help, grudgingly trusting Walker Kelly, a seasoned Cleveland detective who would like to be more than an occasional work partner. Casey starts delving deeper into the twisted connections between the victim’s past and present. She has to hurry though, for her own past is catching up, threatening to consume her. Casey’s only chance in solving the case and saving herself is to face the past, both the victim’s and her own. Only by questioning everything can she hope to douse the slow burning flames of a killer’s vengeance and finally put the past and the victim to rest.


Illusion – Book 3 (coming soon)

Downfall – Book 2

Murderers, corruption, and psychopaths. Ineffective judges, nullifying jurors, and power-hungry politicians. Casey McKittrick is tired of them all. She has taken leave from her job at the Prosecutor’s Office to recover and reconsider her life after the last case almost cost it. With her best law school buddy Lindsey in tow, they take an exclusive Masters Pastry class at the internationally prestigious Gourmet Academy of New England in Vermont. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to escape murder even in the kitchen. Just days before graduation, Lindsey and Casey find the headmistress dead in the kitchen sink. At least they think it’s the headmistress. Who can tell when she’s dressed in pink Chanel with her head submerged in a vat of cake batter? Pumpkin cake batter to be exact. When the lead detective on the case asks Casey for her assistance, Casey hesitates only moments before saying yes. Maybe she doesn’t have murder out of her system after all. The tangled case touches humanity at its greedy worst, but there is a light at the end of the sinuous tunnel for both Casey and the investigation. The light is dimming though. She must expose the lies and deceit as well as solve her own personal puzzles before the tunnel collapses, smothering  her in its downfall, forever buried in its secrets.

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