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Elaine L. Orr
Elaine L. Orr
  • Country: United States
  • Books: 22
  • Profession: Author and Online Teacher
  • Born: 14 August
  • Member Since: Aug 2017
  • Profile Views: 10,973
  • Followers: 4
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    Mysteries Romantic Suspense
BIOGRAPHY

Elaine L. Orr writes three mystery series, the eleven-book Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series, the three-book River's Edge series, and the soon-to-be two book Logland series.

The Jolie Gentil series is set at the Jersey shore. Behind the Walls was a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards.

The first book in Elaine's River's Edge cozy mystery series, From Newsprint to Footprints, debuted in late fall 2015, followed by Demise of a Devious Neighbor. The latter was a Chanticleer finalist in 2018. The fictional South County sits along the Des Moines River in Southeast Iowa. The third book in the series, Demise of a Devious Suspect, will be out in October 2018.

In 2016, Elaine issued Tip a Hat to Murder, first in the Logland mystery series. Set in small-town Illinois, its protagonist is a police chief rather than an amateur sleuth. The Final Cycle will be out in December 2018.

Elaine also writes plays and novellas, including Falling Into Place and In the Shadow of Light. Biding Time was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993, and her play, Permission to Hope, was part of the Bethesda, MD Plays in Progress series in 1989. The one-act, Common Ground, is a story of three couples planning big moves -- with a twist.

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 conducts online courses on writing and publishing for Teachable.

Thought her degrees are in government, Elaine studied writing at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University School of Continuing Education, the Writer's Center of Bethesda, Maryland, and the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival. A member of Sisters in Crime and the Indiana Writers’ Center, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994. You can find her each October at the Magna Cum Murder Conference in Indianapolis.

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Jolie Gentil Translates to Trouble: Boxed Set: Books: Four - Six (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series)

Publish Date: Mar 29, 2014

Genre: Mysteries

avg rating 4.616 reviews on Amazon

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Jolie Gentil Translates to Trouble: Boxed Set: Books: Four - Six (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series)

Jolie Gentil Translates to Trouble: Boxed Set: Books: Four - Six (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series)

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Publication Date: Mar 29, 2014

Mysteries

4.6 (16 ratings)

Demise of a Devious Neighbor: A River's Edge Cozy Mystery (River's Edge Cozy Mysteries Book 2)

Demise of a Devious Neighbor: A River's Edge Cozy Mystery (River's Edge Cozy Mysteries Book 2)

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Publication Date: Jan 13, 2017

Mysteries

4.6 (31 ratings)

Demise of a Devious Suspect (River's Edge Cozy Mysteries Book 3)

Demise of a Devious Suspect (River's Edge Cozy Mysteries Book 3)

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Publication Date: Oct 31, 2018

Mysteries

4.8 (6 ratings)

Final Cycle (Logland Mystery Series Book 2)

Final Cycle (Logland Mystery Series Book 2)

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Publication Date: Dec 23, 2018

4.8 (6 ratings)

Ocean Alley Adventures : Boxed Set: Books 1 - 3 (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series Book 0)

Ocean Alley Adventures : Boxed Set: Books 1 - 3 (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series Book 0)

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Publication Date: Nov 24, 2013

Mysteries

4.3 (34 ratings)

In the Shadow of Light

In the Shadow of Light

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Publication Date: Jun 21, 2018

Literary Fiction

5 (5 ratings)

Underground in Ocean Alley (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series Book 11)

Underground in Ocean Alley (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series Book 11)

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Publication Date: Jun 09, 2018

Mysteries

4.8 (9 ratings)

Trouble on the Doorstep (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series Book 5)

Trouble on the Doorstep (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series Book 5)

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Publication Date: Mar 18, 2013

Mysteries

4.4 (41 ratings)

Elaine L. Orr Interview

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    Elaine L. Orr interview

    Author Elaine L. Orr grew up in Maryland, in a post World War II neighborhood. She majored in government and economics in college but wishes she’d majored in English. Elaine started writing plays and screenplays in the early 1980s (she moved onto books with mystery “Secrets of the Gap“) and has recently started it up again. A lot of her covers were done by Angel... read full interview

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