Rhonda Blackhurst – Mystery Author


“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ― Anaïs Nin


Welcome to the online home of Rhonda Blackhurst, author of the Melanie Hogan cozy mystery series. Melanie Hogan, salon owner of A Cut Above, leads a mundane and predictable life. When she becomes bored and wishes for some spontaneity in her life, trouble begins to pop up all around her. She soon learns there’s something to be said for predictable. Check out Shear Madness and Shear Deception, available now. Shear Murder coming in 2018.

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Shear Malice, book three in the Melanie Hogan cozy mystery series.

When Melanie Hogan is helping her best friend and hair salon business partner, Claire Davis, move into the house next door, they make a grave discovery. Literally. While storing moving boxes in Claire’s backyard on a windy autumn night, they stumble upon a secret space in the back of the shed housing three gravestones. When Melanie discovers one to be that of six-year-old Zachary Swanson, her passion for children propels her to unearth the boy’s history and find out why he was secretly tucked away.

Melanie scarcely scratches the surface for answers when she meets malicious resistance from citizens of Birch Haven, Minnesota, resistance which only ignites her determination and spurs her to dig deeper. With someone determined to permanently stop her, it’s too late to back out of her quest, and Melanie soon finds out that she will be digging her own grave if she doesn’t find the answers lickety-split.

With the help of Clair and Chief Police Detective, Levi Westcott, Melanie digs in her heels and begins to unravel the threads of a family cover-up to get to the bottom of a sinister secret. Will she live to reveal the secret or will she be forced to take it to her early grave?

Praise for Rhonda’s Previous Works…


The Inheritance

“I really enjoyed this book! Rhonda has created some highly relate-able characters and I found it easy to hear the different voices as she switched perspectives. Very worthwhile purchase!”

The Inheritance

“What an awesome book…because it really makes you understand what’s really important in life, the love of family.”

The Inheritance

“I rarely review a book but this one hit home for me. Each character spoke to me and had a purpose. Thank you Rhonda for writing this book. It is now one of my favorites!”

The Inheritance

“Loved this book! What a wonderful debut for this newly published author. Can’t wait to see what else she writes.”

Shear Madness

“Great story – Took a twist at the end that I hadn’t anticipated! Rhonda writes in a way that helps the reader visualize the scene – makes it a very fun read and even more suspenseful. I’m ready for the next one in the series!”

Shear Madness

“It was an excellent read, caught your attention at the beginning and held it to the end. Likable characters that are well developed. Rhonda Blackhurst has a way of writing that is very visual.”

Shear Madness

“Loved this cozy mystery and can’t wait for the next one in the series. Melanie is a charming character, the dialogue is witty and funny, and the mystery has a twist I didn’t guess.”

Shear Deception

“Wonderfully written, kept me in suspense!”


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