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The Ian Dodge Mysteries by Judy Nichols  is on virtual book tour.  The mystery stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt from Pork...

The Ian Dodge Mysteries by Judy Nichols is on virtual book tour. 

The mystery stops at Readeropolis with an excerpt from Pork Pies. 

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $25 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

Sportsman's Bet
Ian Dodge Mysteries Book 1
by Judy Nichols
Genre: Mystery

Velma Saunders, the town clerk of Tobias, North Carolina never had a kind word to say to anyone. In fact, most people were afraid of her, including her boss, Mayor Mike Ellis.

Still, the whole town is shocked when Velma's body is found in the Municipal Building's old bomb shelter. The only clue to her murderer is a copy of a cryptic message from a Nigerian email scammer.

All the evidence points to Mayor Mike, who's charged with killing Velma. Investigator Ian Dodge, a British transplant who's never quite taken root in the Deep South,sets out to find out who else hated Velma enough to kill her.

In the course of his investigation, Ian discovers the dark secrets Velma has been hiding all these years, and exactly why she was so mean.

Trouble and Strife
Ian Dodge Mysteries Book 2

Lorrie Mattingly has it all.

Young and beautiful, married to the richest man in town, she spends her time driving fast cars, riding horses and keeping herself pretty. And yet, she's down to earth, and sweet, devoted to her handicapped twin sister Linnie. Everyone loves her.

Maybe not everyone.

When she suffers from a severe allergic reaction during a tanning session, private investigator Ian Dodge is called in by the owners of the salon, since they're getting sued big time. It doesn't take long for Ian to figure out Lorrie's attack wasn't an accident, or negligence but attempted murder. Or to learn that there were plenty of people who wanted this sweet girl dead.

Pork Pies
Ian Dodge Mysteries Book 3

Crusty British transplant Ian Dodge is back on the beat, this time in the service of Her Majesty, otherwise known as Laura Lane, the Food Queen, star of a popular TV cooking show. A blackmailer has threatened to expose her sordid past as a con artist, so she turns to Ian Dodge to get it sorted.

When her blackmailer is found stabbed to death in his hotel room, Her Majesty is the prime suspect. It's Ian's job to untangle the web of deception and pork pies (lies) to find the culprit, all the while dealing with the antics of his twin sons, Jesse and Mac.

Judy Nichols lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, but she is by no means a "Southern writer." Born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in the nearby town of Batavia, she still is a no-nonsense midwesterner. Although she does find true southerners quite charming.

Judy holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State University. She has been a newspaper reporter, a teacher, a temporary office worker, a customer service representative, a stay-at-home mom, a volunteer, and a proud organizer of the now defunct Cape Fear Crime Festival mystery writers' conference.

Judy started her first novel "Caviar Dreams" while her daughter was napping one day. Five years later it was finished. The biggest challenge arrived once her daughter stopped taking naps and eventually lost interest in watching the "Toy Story" video.

Since then she has gone on to write several more books, including the Ian Dodge Mysteries inspired by her UK born husband Nigel. Ian Dodge is a persnickety private investigator, living in coastal North Carolina, who refuses to be assimilated and instead hangs on to every shred of his Britishness.

Now that her daughter is grown up and gone, she spends lots of quality time with her husband and Bailey the Wonder Dog. Also, reading and writing good books.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

Pork Pies

My Nan always hated the pork pies.

“You’d best not be telling porkies, Ian Archibald Dodge,” she'd say.

And I knew I was in for it. Whatever story I was giving her wasn’t going to cut it and I would have to tell her the truth.

It was a constant in my life. Don’t tell lies. Ever.

I suppose that's where I got my own aversion to lies, even though at times I’ve had to tell them. I admit to having misrepresented myself in the line of duty now and again.
But on the whole, I’ve done my best to avoid lying.

It’s always easier in the end. Who has the time and energy to keep track of them all?
Sooner or later someone catches you. And what do you then? You can’t take them all back and start over.

Still, there are people who manage to build successful careers based on lies.
Like my friend Ruth’s boss, who was always referred to as Her Majesty. The woman had a cooking show where she demonstrated her own original recipes, but she paid a slew of accomplished cooks to come up with them.

It was perfectly legal. Her Majesty had an army of lawyers spewing out contracts and binding agreements that covered everyone’s ass and made sure that it was everyone’s interest to maintain the deception.

I’d heard plenty about Her Majesty.

But I was about to experience her firsthand.


  1. I like the cover of Pork Pies but the knife adds a definite groulish flare!!

    1. Yes, it certainly does. I like that Her Majesty's name is even on the knife. Nice touch of detail.

  2. Best of luck with the books and book tour! I included the tour in the Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:

  3. The book sounds good, I love mystery books.

  4. I think they all sounds like great books! Pork Pies intrigues me the most, it really pops out at me.

  5. The cover of Pork Pies is awesome! It is very interesting

  6. Pork Pies has a better cover- grabs my attention more.

  7. I think the cover of Pork Pies is striking. The premises of the novels sound excellent. Good luck with your books.

  8. I like the covers. Pork Pies intrigues me the most.

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  9. Your Title and Book cover are very interesting. Definitely makes you curious about the book.

  10. I enjoy a good mystery read.
    These are sure to keep my attention.
    I like them all.
    thank you

  11. I like both the covers and the books sound terrific.

  12. Judging by the covers, Pork Pies intrigues me the most.

  13. Pork pies has a very creepy cover!

  14. The covers are interesting
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  15. Pork Pies look like a good mystery read

  16. Def quirky covers. pie cover is creepy! lol thank you

  17. All your books look very interesting per the covers - however, I will choose the pork pies as who is to say it is "Pork" in the pie....the mystery will continue until I finish reading. Great graphics in all of them - good eye for drawing a reader in.
    Wilmington is a great place to live.....less snow than your home town!

  18. The cover looks awesome!

  19. The cover of Pork Pies really caught my attention!!!

  20. The covers look fun and full of mystery. They look like great reads.

  21. I love the Pork Pies cover. It tells me there is a really good story inside.


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