JoAnna Senger

JoAnna Senger specializes in suspense and mystery fiction. For someone who never wanted to be anything but a writer, JoAnna Senger took her time.

Born and raised in the Kansas City area, JoAnna remembers her suburban neighborhood as possessing all the virtues of a previous generation: good schools, good manners, large well-tended grassy lawns, and beloved family pets like her cat Poozy.  Of course, there was that time one of the neighbors killed Poozy with a baseball bat.

Of such incidents are horror writers made.

With a day job full of facts and figures, JoAnna took refuge in murder mysteries and horror novels at the end of the day.

Betrothal, Betrayal, and Blood, a dark murder mystery, reflects bits and pieces of people and places that have crossed her path.  Barbara Custer, Publisher, Night to Dawn Magazines and Books, has published a number of JoAnna’s short stories including the Bodies Day & Night series (about a vampire run athletic club) and The Pet Door series (about a portal to some other world for pets and some unimaginables.

JoAnna and her mystical black cat Timely divide their time between homes in Oxnard,CA, and Surprise, AZ, where Timely specializes in bringing the outdoors indoors.  Only police intervention persuaded one of Timely’s guests, a bunny, to give up JoAnna’s sewing room and return to the out of doors.

Ms. Senger currently volunteers for the Victim Assistance Unit in the City of Surprise Police Department.  This unit provides assistance to victims of crime including sexual assault and domestic violence.

She has one son and two stepsons, each of them with children of their own.

Sometimes, life is beautiful.

illustration by Wendy FallonIn San Tobino, a small town on the Central Coast of California, the popular resort hotel, Milady’s Manor becomes the scene of gruesome murders. Stymied, the police find few leads in this sleepy little town. The killer arranged the bodies to follow the décor of the popular rooms. The Dino World Room is decorated as a prehistoric landscape, and then there are the Marie Antoinette Room, the Gibraltar Room, and the Lucretia Borgia Room. Each murder is enacted according to the décor of the rooms. What could be the motive?

Ask Karl Kelly and Vito Kostowki, San Tobino detectives baffled by the outrageous murders of various visitors to Milady’s Manor: nothing taken, nothing left behind, unrelated victims, no clues.

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mystery novel by JoAnna SengerIt should have been easy.Hermione Daggert thinks she has arrived when the senior partner of Denning & Daggert gives her sole responsibility to handle a case for a local Indian tribe, the Kanache. The fact that she has never met a Kanache? A minor inconvenience. After all, she plowed her way through the stringent California requirements for a PI license easily enough.Returning home that day, she is surprised to find a note from the Kanache leader with arrangements for a visit. A deceptively simple find-the-man case becomes the gateway to a geologic mystery: why has desolation suddenly swept over a portion of the Kanache reservation? When a local socialite dies an inexplicable fiery death on the land, desolation descends into death.Perhaps her home town San Tobino has as many secrets as the Central California Coast, that least known region of the best known state.

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