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Publication Order of Ozarks Mysteries Books

The Code of the Hills (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Killing at the Creek (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wages of Sin (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Wolf in the Woods (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anonymous Justice Books

Publication Order of NancyAllen Standalone Novels

Juror #3 (With: James Patterson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jailhouse Lawyer / Power of Attorney (With: James Patterson) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Nancy Allen
Author Nancy Allen practiced law for fifteen years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks. She’s tried more than thirty jury trials, including sexual offenses and murder, and is a law instructor at Missouri State University.

For Nancy, there’s magic in storytelling. She comes from a family of storytellers, her siblings and parents could hold her spellbound, recounting the ordinary in such a special way. As a writer, she tries carrying on this tradition, taking stories from the spoken tradition and setting them down onto paper.

Nancy gets inspired to write by seeing the story visually in her head. If only she knew what sparks this mental image, then she’d bottle it up and drink a bit of it each day.

Nancy’s debut novel, called “The Code of the Hills”, was released in the year 2014. Her work is from the historical romance and mystery genres.

“The Code of the Hills” is the first novel in the “Ozarks Mysteries” series and was released in the year 2014. To get to the truth, she will need to break the code of these hills.

In the Missouri Ozarks, some things just aren’t talked about, that includes abuse. However Elsie Arnold, prosecutor, is determined to change that. When she gets assigned to prosecute the high profile incest case in which a dad is accused of abusing his three young daughters. She’s ready to become the avenging angel of the Ozarks.

However while Elsie sinks her teeth into this case, it all starts turning sour. The star witness vanishes, the girls refuse to talk about their dad, who terrorizes the courtroom the instant he enters, and Elsie starts suspecting that their tough-as-nails mom has got ulterior motives. Making things worse, she gets gruesome threats from some local extremists that warn her to mind her own business.

While she swears not to allow this sex offender walk, she realizes that the odds, and possibly the entire town, are against her, and her life starts crumbling. However amid all the conflict, the three young girls’ safety hangs in the balance.

This is a powerful debut novel with haunting atmosphere, and page turning suspense.

“A Killing at the Creek” is the second novel in the “Ozarks Mysteries” series and was released in the year 2015. Prosecutor Elsie Arnold loves her tiny town home in the Ozark hills, however she has been waiting for a murder to come along and make her career. A body is discovered under the bridge, with throat cut, she jumps at the shot to work on this case, even if it’s alongside Chuck Harris (the brash new chief assistant), and Detective Bob Ashlock (her newest flame).

However when the investigation reveals that the dead woman was driving a school bus, and the cops locate the vehicle, its interior was covered with blood, the only suspect and occupant is a fifteen year old boy. Elsie’s gotten herself into more than she first bargained for.

Lose or win, this case is sure to haunt her. Nobody’s successfully prosecuted a juvenile for first-degree murder in McCown County. Should she lose, her career will be on the line and a chilling murder would stay unresolved. And should she win, a boy’s liberty is going to be taken away from him before he has turned sixteen.

“The Wages of Sin” is the third novel in the “Ozarks Mysteries” series and was released in the year 2016. In rural McCown County, Missouri, a young pregnant woman is discovered having been beaten to death in some trailer park. Ivy, the woman’s six year old child, is the only witness to the murder, and she points to her mother’s boyfriend, dad of the unborn kid. County prosecutor Madeleine Thompson promises the community justice, and in the Ozarks, that can mean just one thing: a death sentence.

When here first choice for co-counsel declines to try this death penalty case, she’s forced to turn to assistant prosecutor Elsie Arnold. She’s reluctant to join up with her frosty boss, however the road to get a conviction appears to be smooth, until some unexpected facts on the victim are uncovered. And the testimony of the sole eyewitness becomes that much more vital. Madeleine, against Elsie’s advice, brings the state attorney general’s office to help them out. All while Claire O’Hara, cutthroat trial attorney, joins the defense.

Elsie isn’t going to allow the power of prosecution, of seeking justice, be pulled out of her hands without putting up a fight. She wants to win this case, and to avenge the deaths of the mom and her unborn kid. However while the trial nears, she starts harboring doubts about the death penalty itself. At the same time, Ivy is in more danger than anybody knows.

“A Wolf in the Woods” is the fourth novel in the “Ozarks Mysteries” series and was released in the year 2018. Elsie is prepping an assault case when a girl is discovered bloodied and beaten at some roadside no-tell motel. She attempts to convince the teenager to reveal who it was that attacked her, however Mandy’s too afraid, and stubborn, to cooperate. Then she vanishes. Elsie’s certain that a predator’s targeting the Ozark hills, but the authorities refuse to believe their tiny town might be plagued by sex trafficking.

Then Desiree Wickham, a middle school student, goes missing, however Elsie suspects it might be connected to Mandy’s assault. While digging deeper into the events which lead up to Desiree’s vanishing, she comes across an alarming find: local girls are falling prey to a sketchy online modeling agency, and aren’t seen again. Elsie shares these concerns with Detective Ashlock and the FBI, however they just shut her out.

She takes things into her own hands, and has an interview with the modeling agency’s head. However when she meets the guy face-to-face, she learns the fates of Mandy and Desiree. She also becomes his latest prisoner. She’s desperate to free these girls, and save her own life, before the unspeakable happens. Then she is in for the fight of her life.

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3 Responses to “Nancy Allen”

  1. Sharon Fojut: 4 weeks ago

    Nancy Allen, you have become my new favorite author after James Patterson. Your Ozark series is reality and heartbreaking. I cannot put it down. Please please continue to write this series with your star, Elsie Arnold.

  2. Lynne Summit: 1 year ago

    I just finished Nancy Allen’s “Code of the Hills”, I absolutely loved it! I’m from Arkansas, so the Ozarks aren’t to far away from me. I love the story, it’s purpose and especially that “Elsie” the attorney is a believable person (flaws and all) who is honest to a fault and has impeccable work ethics,one who stands straight and carries on even though she may stumble at times. I feel like I know her personally! I’m starting to read “Killing at the Creek”, I’ve no doubt in that I will be pleased with this story as well! My plan is to read all of her books in order!
    Great job Nancy Allen, you’ve found another fan!

  3. Patty Hutchinson: 2 years ago

    I just discovered books from Nancy Allen. I appreciate the stories based in the Ozarks as I am a resident myself. I also like the song references. LOVE IT!


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