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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, Shear Murder, and Shear Holiday Mayhem.

Coming Soon!

Shear Fear, a Melanie Hogan Mystery, book 6

Melanie Hogan discovers the evils that lurk beneath one’s thirst for power and money. Will her murder be one of them?

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Just when salon owner Melanie Hogan thinks her world is back on solid ground, she finds a dead body on her doorstep, and the entire foundation on which she’s built her life begins to crumble. Everything she’s ever known to be true disintegrates as fast as over-processed hair in bleach. With Melanie’s boyfriend, homicide detective Levi Wescott, ousted from the investigation because of Melanie—again—her best friends, Claire Davis and Jack Dancy, once more find themselves as the Watson to Melanie’s Holmes.

As Melanie’s life unravels and she discovers truths that bring her worst nightmare to life, she finds that sometimes the most beautiful light shines through the cracks of something broken. But can Melanie sort things out and solve the murder before the murderer breaks her?

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!”