Welcome to the online home of Rhonda Blackhurst, Mystery Author and Certified Life Coach. Writing and helping others to live their best, most authentic life are both passions of mine. To find out more about how I can help you Rise from Victim to Victor or help you through the indie publishing process, contact me at rhondablackhurst@gmail.com for a free 30-minute consultation.

I fell in love with writing at the tender age of four when I began writing with crayons on the knotty pine walls of our home. Writing got me through a lot of “life.” Fast forward to when my own kids flew the nest, I began publishing. Thus far I have ten books published: a standalone called The Inheritance; The Whispering Pines duology; and the Melanie Hogan cozy mystery series. 

Shear Misfortune, a Melanie Hogan Mystery 

Shear Misfortune FB Release

When a fitness center is a locale for both health and murder, exercise enthusiasts must weigh their odds of the outcome.

Beauty salon owner, Melanie Hogan, decides an exercise regimen is long overdue and joins a gym, but she gets more for her money than sore abs. Not only does Melanie find a body, but she also finds herself at the center of the investigation. Again. Instead of improved muscle tone, Melanie gains a lesson in the perils that lurk beneath the surface of the health industry.

Along with best friend and salon co-owner Claire Davis and Melanie’s beau Detective Levi Wescott, they set out to clear her name while Melanie practices resistance training—resisting going to the gym to investigate. When the police eventually zero in on a salon employee, the team joins forces, getting a life-or-death workout. Will they all survive?

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!”

Shear Fear