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Publication Order of Candy Shop Mystery Books

as Sammi Carter
Candy Apple Dead (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chocolate Dipped Death (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peppermint Twisted (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goody Goody Gunshots (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sucker Punch (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Fred Vickery Books

No Place for Secrets (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Place Like Home (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Place for Death (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Place for Tears (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Place for Sin (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Place for Memories (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of A Piece of Cake Mystery Books

as Jacklyn Brady
A Sheetcake Named Desire (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cake on a Hot Tin Roof (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arsenic and Old Cake (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cakes of Wrath (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rebel Without a Cake (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cakes of Monte Cristo (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Scarlett O'Malley Books

Dead On Arrival (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Time Travel Books

Whispers Through Time (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Echo in Time (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of You, Me & the Kids Books

Shenandoah Christmas (By: Lynnette Kent) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Upstairs (By: Pamela Bauer) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kelton's Rules (By: Peggy Nicholson) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Second Family (By: Janice Carter) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Married In Haste (By: Roz Fox) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Wife (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Along Came Zoe (By: Janice Macdonald) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cowboy at Heart (By: Roz Fox) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Full House (By: Nadia Nichols) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Caleb's Christmas Wish (By: Debra Salonen) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
High Mountain Home (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Family for Daniel (By: Anna DeStefano) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sweetbrook Family (By: Anna DeStefano) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
For the Sake of the Children (By: Cynthia Reese) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Four Little Problems (By: Carrie Weaver) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Montana Skies (By: Kay Stockham) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love, by George (By: Debra Salonen) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star-Crossed Parents (By: C.J. Carmichael) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Texas-Made Family (By: Roz Fox) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Trap a Parent (By: Joan Kilby) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Imperfect Match (By: Kimberly Meter) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ranch at River's End (By: Brenda Mott) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Calling the Shots (By: Ellen Hartman) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas Homecoming (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconcilable Differences (By: Elizabeth Ashtree) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Playing for Keeps (By: Kathryn Shay) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Call Me Mom (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keeping Her Safe (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let it Snow (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Man for Mom (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Time to Dream (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Hot Pursuit (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr. Congeniality (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Only Time Will Tell (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Together For Christmas (With: Lynnette Kent) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Her Secret Family (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Creating Characters With Character (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mastering Story Conflict (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mastering Character Motivation (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Avoiding Author Intrusion (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mastering Scene and Sequel (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Organic Plotting (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dodging the Dreaded Saggy Middle (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mastering Character Emotion (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mastering the Mystery Novel (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dancing on Coals How-To Books

Spinning Straw Into Gold (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Marriage Of Inconvenience Books

Husband in a Hurry (By: Muriel Jensen) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Christmas (By: Laura Abbot) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shotgun Baby (By: Tara Taylor Quinn) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Motive For Marriage (By: Linda Markowiak) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Temporary Wife (By: Joan Kilby) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
For The Baby's Sake (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whose Baby? (By: Janice Kay Johnson) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
For the Girls' Sake (By: Janice Kay Johnson) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Baby Bargain (By: Peggy Nicholson) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Marriage Contract (By: Anna Adams) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Adopt-A-Dad / Substitute Father (By: Bonnie K. Winn) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Husband She Never Knew / Marriage for Keeps (By: Cynthia Thomason) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby Be Mine in Texas (By: Eve Gaddy) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Marriage Between Friends (By: Melinda Curtis) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Groom Came Back (By: Abby Gaines) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
His Wife for One Night (By: Molly O'Keefe) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Family Man Books

Bringing Up Father (By: Maggie Simpson) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jake's Promise (By: Helen Conrad) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good Father (By: Peg Sutherland) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The West Virginian (By: Sharon Brondos) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cry Uncle (By: Judith Arnold) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Love, Second Chance (By: Amanda Clark) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Finding Father (By: Anne Marie Duquette) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Father Takes a Wife (By: Ginger Chambers) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Four Times the Trouble (By: Tara Taylor Quinn) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man of My Dreams (By: Margot Dalton) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Water Baby (By: Roz Fox) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Montana Home (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Birth Mother (By: Tara Taylor Quinn) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trouble with Texans (By: Maggie Simpson) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
His Runaway Son (By: Dee Holmes) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Firm Commitment (By: Linda Markowiak) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Only Child (By: Carolyn McSparren) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Good Man (By: Inglath Cooper) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Wishes Were Horses (By: Carolyn McSparren) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Father's Heart (By: Karen Young) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Father's Place (By: Joan Kilby) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reluctant Witness (By: Linda Markowiak) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Having It All (By: Roz Fox) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Before Thanksgiving Comes (By: Marisa Carroll) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Child Is This? (By: Karen Young) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Her Brother's Keeper (By: K.N. Casper) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jessie's Father (By: C.J. Carmichael) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daddy's Home (By: Pamela Bauer) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jacob's Girls (By: Tara Taylor Quinn) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Close Neighbors (By: Dawn Stewardson) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr. Family (By: Margot Early) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boss Next Door (By: Roz Fox) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Count On a Cop Books

Cop of the Year (By: Kathryn Shay) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Her Protector (By: Ellen James) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Child of Mine (By: Lynn Erickson) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Family Next Door (By: Janice Kay Johnson) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
It Takes a Baby (By: Dee Holmes) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Are You My Mommy? (By: Kay David) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Her Own Ranger (By: Anne Marie Duquette) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Ranger's Wife (By: Lyn Ellis) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Falling For Him (By: Morgan Hayes) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Murray, Sheriff (By: Janice Kay Johnson) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Behind the Badge (By: Dawn Stewardson) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Annalee and the Lawman (By: Lyn Ellis) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Private Detective (By: Rebecca Winters) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Accidentally Yours (By: Rebecca Winters) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Baby Cop (By: Roz Fox) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beneath a Texas Sky (By: Rebecca Winters) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonders Never Cease Count (By: Debra Salonen) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
She's My Mom (By: Rebecca Winters) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maggie's Guardian (By: Anna Adams) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Three Girls (By: Susan Floyd) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vanished (By: Bonnie K. Winn) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two on the Run (By: Margaret Watson) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Revelations (By: Janice Kay Johnson) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chosen Child (By: Brenda Mott) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Her Defense (By: Margaret Watson) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Her Secret Family (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secrets in Texas (By: Carrie Weaver) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Perfect Daughter (By: Anna DeStefano) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Safe in His Arms (By: Kay David) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nobody's Hero (By: Carrie Alexander) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not on Her Own (By: Cynthia Reese) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not Without Her Family (By: Beth Andrews) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Single-Dad Sheriff (By: Amy Frazier) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Behind The Cop (By: Janice Kay Johnson) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cop on Loan (By: Jeannie Watt) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
His Only Defense (By: Carolyn McSparren) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Do You Take This Cop? (By: Beth Andrews) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bachelor Cop (By: Carolyn McSparren) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Homecoming Day (By: Holly Jacobs) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
All That Remains (By: Janice Kay Johnson) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Then There Were Three (By: Jeanie London) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honor Bound (By: Julianna Morris) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bone Deep (By: Janice Kay Johnson) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Better Man (By: Emilie Rose) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Family First (By: Margaret Watson) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Hometown U.S.A. Books

Welcome To My Family (By: Roz Fox) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Truth About Jane Doe (By: Linda Warren) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Country Practice (By: Laura Abbot) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
That Woman in Wyoming (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daughter of Oklahoma (By: Darlene Graham) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Name is Nell (By: Laura Abbot) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Woman Like Annie (By: Inglath Cooper) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dilemma at Bayberry Cove (By: Cynthia Thomason) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Second Sister (By: Carrie Weaver) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Women of Bayberry Cove (By: Cynthia Thomason) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Unlikely Match (By: Cynthia Thomason) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dear Cordelia (By: Pamela Ford) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rules of Engagement (By: Bonnie K. Winn) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marriage in Jeopardy (By: Anna Adams) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Small-Town Secrets (By: Margaret Watson) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Hero Like Him (By: Elaine Grant) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Her Mountain Man (By: Cindi Myers) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frankie's Back in Town (By: Jeanie London) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Way to Texas (By: Liz Talley) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Her Son's Hero (By: Vicki Essex) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winning Over the Rancher (By: Mary Brady) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Taste of Texas (By: Liz Talley) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Touch of Scarlet (By: Liz Talley) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Little Texas (By: Liz Talley) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cost of Silence (By: Kathleen O'Brien) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Women Who Dare Books

Daniel and the Lion (By: Margot Dalton) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cradle Of Dreams (By: Janice Kaiser) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wings of Time (By: Carol Duncan Perry) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snap Judgement (By: Sandra Canfield) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Windstorm (By: Connie Bennett) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Courage, My Love (By: Lynn Leslie) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doc Wyoming (By: Sharon Brondos) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gone with the West (By: Dawn Stewardson) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Safekeeping (By: Peg Sutherland) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Premonitions (By: Morgan Hayes) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Forbidden (By: Ellen James) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Too Many Bosses (By: Jan Freed) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dangerous to Love (By: Carol Duncan Perry) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas Star (By: Roz Fox) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once a Wife (By: Patricia Keelyn) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
That Old Devil Moon (By: Anne Logan) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hiding Place (By: Margot Dalton) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hot & Bothered (By: Ann Evans) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sugar Baby (By: Karen Young) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nobody Does It Better (By: Jan Freed) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where There's Smoke... (By: Laura Abbot) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anything You Can Do... (By: Roz Fox) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Picture Perfect (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Women in Blue Books

The Partner (By: Kay David) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Her Little Secret (By: Anna Adams) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
She Walks the Line (By: Roz Fox) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Mother's Vow (By: K.N. Casper) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witness (By: Linda Style) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Children's Cop (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of By The Year 2000 Books

The Wedding Vow (By: Laura Abbot) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Maine Man (By: Ellen James) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Year, New Love (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wrong Bride (By: Judith Arnold) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Mess with Texans (By: Peggy Nicholson) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
If He Could See Me Now (By: Rebecca Winters) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr. Miracle (By: Carolyn McSparren) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Talk To Me (By: Jan Freed) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Babies and Me (By: Tara Taylor Quinn) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dream Baby (By: Ann Evans) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Secret Valentines(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Sherry Lewis
Largely writing American romance novels and literature, the author Sherry Lewis is highly regarded for her many fun and engaging bestselling titles. Offering the reader compelling and entertaining stories that really resonate, she definitely knows how to hold the attention of her audience. Writing for a number of years now, she’s very much a veteran of the romance genre, writing for big name publishers such as Harlequin. She’s also well regarded for writing under the popular pseudonym Jacklyn Brady, which is a pen-name that she uses to put out cozy mysteries.

Whether it’s a solid mystery novel with familiar characters, or passionate romances, Sherry Lewis is a novelist who’s at the top in her field. Focusing on the conventions and tropes of the genres, she effectively turns them on their head, ensuring that they become something entirely new in the process. This has allowed her to find her own niche within the industry, developing her style over time, and making her a household name in the process. With an ever increasing audience, she’s appreciated by readers around the world, many of whom have returned to her work time and time again.

Creating long lasting characters too, many of them fitting within the template of a classic romance novel, they also manage to simultaneously stand out, upending the conventional expectations. Resonating with the readers, they feel almost alive, as they essentially leap off the page, being fully three dimensional in their portrayal. This has led to Lewis herself gaining a lot of fame over the years, allowing her to build a huge profile for herself. With plenty more to come still, she isn’t a writer who’s finishing any time soon, as there’s a lot more planned on the horizon.

Early and Personal Life
Born in 1954, Sherry Lewis was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but moved to Montana, growing up there in the United States. Spending some years of her life also living at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, gaining insight and experience which she’d later feed back into her work. Always showing a strong passion for writing and literature, she’d achieve her dream in 1993 when she sold her first three books.

Prior to becoming a writer full-time, she’d work in a variety of different positions, including management, decorator, retail, musician, and insurance. These would allow her to spend her time honing her craft as a writer, giving her plenty of inspiration whilst following her keen interest in the romance genre. Currently still writing to this very day, she resides in her home in Florida along the Emerald Coast there, living with her family as a grandmother, as she continues to plan her next book.

Writing Career:
In 1993 Sherry Lewis would sell her first three mystery novels to the publisher’s ‘Berkley Prime Crime,’ and this would see her go on to make a huge name for herself. Then in 1994 she would sell her first romance novel ‘Call Me Mom’ to the popular Harlequin Superomance label, starting her career in the genre. Writing under a variety of different pen-names, including Jacklyn Brady and Sammi Carter, both of which she uses to put out an ongoing mystery series for each.

Highly regarded for both her mystery and her romance novels, her first series was the ‘Fred Vickery’ mystery novels, which were also the first books sold. As Jacklyn Brady she writes the ‘Piece of Cake Mystery’ series, along with the ‘Candy Shop Mystery’ series under her Sammi Carter pseudonym. An active member of the Romance Writers of America, teaching writing workshops, and winning awards as a bestselling author, she’s definitely a novelist who’s at the forefront of her genre, with plenty more to follow.

No Place For Memories
Originally published in 1999, it was later brought out once again by Sherry Lewis herself on the 14th of March in 2016. This would be the sixth and final title in the Fred Vickery series of mystery novels, featuring the retired building supervisor and amateur sleuth solving one last case. With its own self-contained mystery, it also features a progression of Vickery’s character arc, allowing him to come full circle by the end.

Planning to live in Cutler, Colorado for the rest of his days, Fred Vickery is seventy-three years of age, and he’d like to live a quiet life. This isn’t to be though, as he finds himself meeting a rival from his adolescence during his high-school reunion, leading to him learning how LeGrande Macafee had a relationship with Vickery’s now deceased wife unbeknownst to him. Soon Macafee is found dead, and Vickery is pointed out as the chief suspect, which means he must now prove his innocence. Can he find the real culprit before it’s too late? Who really committed the murder? What will become of him when finding that it’s no place for memories?

Only Time Will Tell
A stand-alone book that was first published back in 2003, this would late be released again in 2017 on the 11th of February. Working by itself, it wouldn’t be a part of any overall series, as it’s a romance story with an element of science-fiction to it. Taking readers on a journey, it’s an escapist novel that transports its audience, entertaining them in an enthralling and compelling manner.

This is fantasy romance in the classic escapist mold, and it’s extremely well done, as it clearly knows what it’s doing. Having fun with the genre, Lewis definitely has an ear for well written dialogue, as each of her characters is distinct. Speaking to the reader directly, it’s a perfect example of the genre, with something for everyone, in what is an accessible and engaging read.

Returning to Virginia City in Montana, Courtney Moss heads back to her home-town in order to help clean the attic of her grandmother. Heading off to the local Victorian Ball there as a favor to her friend who’s helping her, she puts on an old gown, but is immediately transported back in time, heading back to 1864 Gold Rush era America. It is here that she meets Heath Sullivan, and, initially wanting to return home to her own time, she soon finds herself drawn to this stranger, and maybe she’s home after all. Will she stay in the past? Can she ever hope to return home to the future? What will happen as they discover that only time will tell?

Sherry Lewis is a national bestselling and award-winning author that writes novels in the Romance, Mystery & Thrillers, Paranormal genres. With so much success in her writing career, she has been in high demand, and in the two decades she had been active, she has been teaching several writing workshops. Most of the workshops that she has been teaching have been organized by the Dancing on Coals Workshops for Fiction Writers. Lewis was born the second child in her family and was fashionably late in arriving since she was two weeks late. In the end, she was born while her father was traveling to work in Detroit having waited for several weeks without a squeak from Sherry.

Lewis would live in Utah for only three weeks before her family moved to Glasgow Montana. They would spend a year in the city before moving to Billing, where Sherry spent much of her childhood. She still calls the town of Billings and the state of Montana home in her heart even though she now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. By the time she was a four-year-old, she had learned to read by listening to her parents who would often read aloud for her benefit. Given that Lewis picked up reading so easily, it was only natural that she would fall in love with books and reading when she was still very young. As a child, she fantasized about writing “Nancy Drew” like mysteries and being Carolyn Keene. As she grew up, she changed her dreams a bit but regardless of the many detours along the way, she always wanted to become a fiction author one day. Still, Sherry had a pretty much ordinary childhood with crushes on cute boys in high school, several broken hearts, and sleepovers at many of her friends’ houses. As a nineteen-year-old, she got married and in no time she had her first child. Her second child would come along a dozen years later even though her marriage would fall apart soon after.

Sherry Lewis’s career to authorship was not that straightforward as she worked several jobs before becoming a full-time author. Some of the jobs she held include secretary in a bank, manager at a convenience store, secretary in an insurance office, vocalist and keyboard player in a band, poinsettia dresser, Christmas tree decorator, and finally administrative assistant and secretary for a lawyer that would end up as a federal judge. While she earned a lot more money and had better hours working for the attorney, she still believes that she had the best time as a convenience store manager since she loves meeting and talking to people. Despite her many jobs, she still wanted to one day quit it all and become an author. She had her first success when as a seventh-grader she had won a poetry contest in junior high that was then published in the school paper. But her biggest break came in in 1995 when she published “No Place for Secrets” when she was offered a contract by Berkley Prime Crime. This was to be the first of her popular “Fred Vickery” series that featured Fred Vickery the 73-year-old sleuth. A few months later she published the bestselling contemporary romance “Call Me Mom” which gave her the confidence and belief that she could make a living as an author. Sherry left her job with the court system four years later and has never looked back.

“No Place For Secrets” by Sherry Lewis is an intriguing novel with a story set in Cutler Colorado. It is a small town where nobody bothers to lock their doors and everyone knows everyone. Most people in time find time to enjoy a cup of tea with a friend, chat with a neighbor, or watch the sunset over the small lake. While it does look like a very quaint and peaceful spot, it is the epitome of the adage looks can be deceiving. The lead in the novel is the seventy-three-year-old Fred Vickery. He recently had a scare and Doc Huggins his old friend recommends he reduce or avoid caffeine, salt, and cholesterol to avoid a repeat of the coronary incidence. He tells him that he needs to avoid excitement and rest as much as he can. Fred tries his best to follow the doctor’s advice at least in the eyes of his concerned daughter. He can reduce his sodium intake no problem, but avoiding excitement especially when he is the one who stumbles upon the body of a woman brutally murdered may not be so easy. The victim was relatively new in town as compared to Fred who had been there practically all his life. Doctor’s orders be damned; he was going to get to the bottom of the case.

Sherry Lewis’ novel “No Place Like Home” is still set in the seemingly peaceful town of Cutler, Colorado. But it is a city that has perfected the art of protecting its secrets from prying eyes. The only people who would know about the secrets the town is hiding are people who have lived there for a long time – people like Fred Vickery. He is a seventy-three-year-old man but the pride in his children and enthusiasm for life have not diminished. However, his children often act foolishly but that has still not dampened his spirits. For instance, Douglas his son is an impetuous man who has ignored everything his father has told him about moving on from his divorce. Douglas still wants to pursue Suzanne even though she has told and shown him that she will not be getting back with him any time soon. Things go haywire when Suzanne’s new boyfriend turns up dead and Douglas is the prime suspect in the homicide. Despite his impetuousness, Fred is not going to let his son go down for murder no matter what the sheriff, his doctor, or his daughter might have to say. Desperate to clear his son of the charge, he turns to the gossip mill, the most reliable source of truth in town.

“No Place For Death” by Sherry Lewis continues chronicling of the life and times of Fred Vickery the seventy-three-year-old resident of Cutler, Colorado. Being so advanced in age, he knows a lot about life and death especially anything to do with homicide in his hometown. This time it is a personal matter as the niece of his late wife is accused of the murder of her husband. While he had not been close with his in-laws ever since he lost his wife, he still believes in family loyalty and wants to help the niece. According to the rumor mill, her husband had been unfaithful but Fred believes there is more to the story than bitterness from a relationship on the rocks. He is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery even though everybody including his family and the whole town tried to dissuade him from working on the case.

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