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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 Inheritance, the Whispering Pines mysteries and 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, Shear Deception, Shear Malice, and Shear Murder.

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Shear Holiday Mayhem, a Melanie Hogan Mystery, book 5

A joyous Christmas festival. Two best friends.BookBrushImage-2020-10-9-7-2513 What could go wrong?

Melanie Hogan, owner of A Cut Above hair salon, discovers the holidays aren’t always jolly when she receives an unexpected gift at the Birch Haven Christmas Festival. A dead body.

Best friend and salon co-owner, Claire Davis, lands herself as the lead suspect. When Melanie’s boyfriend, Homicide Detective Levi Wescott, is booted off the case due to a conflict of interest, Melanie is compelled to find the real killer herself.

With only days left to go until Christmas, Melanie races to give Claire the perfect gift—her freedom. But as she begins unwrapping secrets of some unsavory characters, the looming deadline leads to unusual reckless and impulsive decisions, and she finds herself in a bit of a quandary. Can she catch the real killer before Birch Haven PD is forced to solve her own murder?

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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