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Publication Order of Capital Crimes Books

Murder in the White House (By: Margaret Truman) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on Capitol Hill (By: Margaret Truman) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Supreme Court (By: Margaret Truman) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Smithsonian (By: Margaret Truman) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on Embassy Row (By: Margaret Truman) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the FBI (By: Margaret Truman) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Georgetown (By: Margaret Truman) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the CIA (By: Margaret Truman) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the Kennedy Center (By: Margaret Truman) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the National Cathedral (By: Margaret Truman) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the Pentagon (By: Margaret Truman) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on the Potomac (By: Margaret Truman) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the National Gallery (By: Margaret Truman) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the House (By: Margaret Truman) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the Watergate (By: Margaret Truman) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the Library of Congress (By: Margaret Truman) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Foggy Bottom (By: Margaret Truman) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Havana (By: Margaret Truman) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at Ford's Theatre (By: Margaret Truman) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at Union Station (By: Margaret Truman) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at The Washington Tribune (By: Margaret Truman) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the Opera (By: Margaret Truman) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on K Street (By: Margaret Truman) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Inside the Beltway (By: Margaret Truman) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monument to Murder (By: Margaret Truman) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Experiment in Murder (With: Margaret Truman) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Undiplomatic Murder (With: Margaret Truman) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Internship in Murder (With: Margaret Truman) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Medicine (With: Margaret Truman) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Allied in Danger (With: Margaret Truman) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on the Metro (By: Jon Land,Margaret Truman) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the CDC (By: Jon Land,Margaret Truman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Coffee, Tea or Me? (With: Rachel Jones,Trudy Baker) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Veronica: The Autobiography of Veronica Lake (With: Eddie Muller,Veronica Lake) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Midget Has an Uncle Sam Costume (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The CIA's Control of Candy Jones (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie and the Shawneetown Dame (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder, HE Wrote (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Plays

Olden Times, or the Rising of the Session (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Murder, She Wrote Books

The Murder of Sherlock Holmes (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hooray for Homicide (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lovers and Other Killers (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gin & Daggers (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Manhattans & Murder (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rum & Razors (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brandy and Bullets (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Martinis & Mayhem (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Deadly Judgment (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Palette for Murder (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Highland Fling Murders (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on the QE2 (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Moscow (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Little Yuletide Murder (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the Powderhorn Ranch (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Knock 'em Dead (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trick or Treachery (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood on the Vine (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in a Minor Key (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Provence to Die for (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Bet Your Life (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Majoring In Murder (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Destination Murder (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dying to Retire (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Vote for Murder (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Maine Mutiny (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Margaritas and Murder (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Question of Murder (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Strikes and You're Dead (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Coffee, Tea, or Murder? (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Panning for Murder (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on Parade (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Slaying in Savannah (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Madison Avenue Shoot (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fatal Feast (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nashville Noir (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen's Jewels (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skating on Thin Ice (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fine Art of Murder (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trouble at High Tide (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Domestic Malice (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prescription for Murder (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Close-up on Murder (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aloha Betrayed (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Blue Blood (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killer in the Kitchen (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost and Mrs Fletcher (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Design For Murder (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hook, Line, and Murder (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Date with Murder (By: Jon Land,Jessica Fletcher) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Manuscript for Murder (By: Jon Land,Jessica Fletcher) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Red (By: Jon Land,Jessica Fletcher) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Time for Murder (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murder of Twelve (By: Jon Land,Jessica Fletcher) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder In Season (By: Jon Land,Jessica Fletcher) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killing in a Koi Pond (By: Terrie Farley Moran,Jessica Fletcher) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Debonair in Death (By: Terrie Farley Moran,Jessica Fletcher) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killer on the Court (By: Terrie Farley Moran,Jessica Fletcher) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the Emerald Isle (By: Terrie Farley Moran,Jessica Fletcher) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder She Wrote Killer On Thecourt (By: Terrie Farley Moran,Jessica Fletcher) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fit for Murder (By: Terrie Farley Moran,Jessica Fletcher) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Backstage (By: Terrie Farley Moran,Jessica Fletcher) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Killer Christmas (By: Terrie Farley Moran,Jessica Fletcher) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snowy with a Chance of Murder (By: Jessica Fletcher,Barbara Early) (2025)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Cold-Blooded: Killer Nashville Noir(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Donald Bain is a U.S born ghostwriter and author of many reputed books and novels. He was born in the year 1935 and has written over 115 books in his career spanning over 40 years. Many of his writings have been bestsellers in a number of publishing lists. Most of his writings are based in the mystery and thriller genres involving murder mysteries. Over the years, Donald has effectively used s number of pseudonyms for writing different novel series’. Other than murder mysteries, he has also written in the subjects of the western world, business, fun comedies, historical and psychological drama and investigative journalism. One of the murder series written by him, ‘Murder, He Wrote’ also serves as his autobiography. Donald began his career as a writer and director for the Peckham Productions, where he made short films for various clients such as American Airlines, IBM, USIA, Avon, Union Carbide and Pan Am. He even wrote and self-produced a couple of daily series in the name of ‘Jackie Douglas Reports’ and ‘Around The House’. Apart from this, Donald also wrote ‘House Call’, a nationally acclaimed health series and even hosted the series ‘The Media Watch’. As a public relations executive, Donald led a national campaign for promoting air travel for his clients American Airlines and McCann-Erikson. He was working as a consultant for the Pan Am when the 747 was introduced for the first time. A couple of these projects made him earn the Silver Anvil Awards by the PRSA, the Public Relations Society of America.

Later, Donald went on to establish the Hyphennates, Ltd., in the year 1985 along with his wife. This company used to provide editorial services to a number of companies all over America. Before, starting his career as a writer-producer, Donald graduated from the Purdue University in America with a the highest award for his exceptional work in the field of television and educational radio. He was even designated as the ‘Distinguished Alumni’ of Purdue University in the year 2003. Later, he began working as a professional broadcaster in Texas and Indiana and went on to host more than 200 television shows along with Long John Nebel, in New York. In the later years, Donald wrote a biography on the life of Long John Nebel depicting his experiences of working with him. He also wrote a book about his wife, famous model Candy Jones, showcasing her experiences of working with the CIA. Along with his writing work, Donald continued cherishing his hobby of plating Jazz music. He has also worked as a professional jazz musician, specifically playing drums and vibraphone, for more than 50 years. He was even involved in teaching at the college level and writing myriad magazine articles on diverse topics such as music, fly fishing and travel. He was a jazz critic and columnist for the Boulevard Magazine.

Donald Bain has been an active member of a number of associations, including the Writer’s Guild of America, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Sigma Delta Chi, the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, the Private Eye Writers of America and the Authors Guild. The IAMTW, International Association of Media Tie-In Writers designated him as the ‘Grand Master’ in the year 2006. Donald Bain is married to Renee Paley-Bain, who is also a writer by profession and has collaborated with him on his famous mystery series, ‘Murder She Wrote’. He has two daughters, Pamela and Laurie, who work as a professor and writer respectively, and four grandsons. The ‘Murder, She Wrote’ series of Donald Bain is a vast series comprising of over 40 novels published from 1989 to 2015. He has also worked with the bestselling author, Margaret Truman on her bestselling thriller series Capital Crimes, for many years. He continues to work on the series even today, after her death. The books written by him 40 years ago on the airline comedies were able to sell more than five million copies at that time. Such was his popularity in those days. Many of his books have also served as the basis of a number of television series and movies.

The famous ‘Murder, She Wrote’ series of novels were written by Donald Bain about 15 years ago based on the popular television series with the same name, he was working on as a writer and producer. Ever since he started writing the series, he has made sure to publish at least two books a year. The publishing house, Signet Books compelled him to write the series in a joyful manner and published it with more efficient editing. The series involves the characters Jessica Fletcher. The characters are very well depicted throughout the series as lovers who get separated multiple times. It is set in a number of places such as London, Manhattan, New Orleans, San Francisco, Scotland, Las Vegas, etc. Donald and his wife Renee have themselves traveled to these places to write the novels on real life locations. The readers have enjoyed reading the series as well as the television show. Donald has stated that he was inspired by the voice of actress Angela Lansburry for writing the dialogues of the character Jessica Fletcher. The first novel of the series was published under the title ‘Gin & Daggers’ in the year 1989. The novel was reissued in the year 2000 by Signet Books. The plot of the novel is set in London, United Kingdom and depicts the life of Jessica Fletcher. She is shown as moving to London in order to address a keynote at a mystery writers gathering. She is also interested in meeting with her mentor, Marjorie Ainsworth. Marjorie is depicted as a noted mystery writer. She has hosted a party on her estate to celebrate the success of one of her novels, where Jessica is also invited. However, the joyful scene turns into a murderous plot when Marjorie is murdered in her bedroom. Jessica discovers her stabbed dead body and falls in the list of suspects for the murder of Marjorie. The novel shows interesting twists and turns with desperate attempts of Jessica in trying to clear her name form the crime.

The second novel of the series was published under the title ‘Manhattan & Murder’ in the year 1990. Later, Signet Books reissued it in the year 1994. The plot of the novel begins with Waldo Morse dressed as a Santa staring at Jessica with fear and remembrance. Waldo is a former drug dealer and one of the most notorious citizens of Cabot Cove, Maine. Filled with several doubts about his appearance as Santa Nick, Jessica agrees to meet him the next day. However, he gets murdered mysteriously before she could meet him. It appeared as his wife was the killer and that she was quite quick in her motives as opposed to the slow investigation of the police. Jessica decides to take the matters in her own hand and snoop out strategically to stop the murderer from committing more murders. The novel turned out to be a huge success because of its interesting plot full of suspenseful drama and excellent character descriptions. The success helped Donald to sell millions of copies worldwide and establish himself as a recognized author of the mystery genre.

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