Writing Delicious Southern Mysteries

The Broken Spine

“Small-town Southern librarian Trudell Becket is destined to become a favorite of all book lovers. With the aid of friends and her own knowledge of Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers as inspiration, she, like librarians everywhere, gets the job done.”~ Miranda James, New York Times bestselling author of Cat Me if You Can
Available January 19, 2021 in Hardcover and Ebook
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The Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries

September 2017

Book 1:

Asking for Truffle

March 2018

Book 2:

Playing with Bonbon Fire

September 2018

Book 3:

In Cold Chocolate

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December 2019

Book 4:

Bonbon with the Wind

The White House Gardener Mysteries

Book 1:

Flowerbed of State

Book 2:

The Scarlet Pepper

Book 3:

Oak and Dagger

Other Mysteries

Ms. Starr's Most Inconvenient Change of Heart

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Birds in Paradise

My Story

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, a crazy dog, and fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.

Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn't as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.

* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, 
Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including: Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader's Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: "amazing", "perfect", "filled with emotion", and "lined with danger."


"The heroine has enough problems to fill several books. But this one has a neat mystery, a touch of romance, and a real feel for the Carolina shagging lifestyle."


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Join me on my virtual blog tour for the release of The Broken Spine

January 19 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

January 19 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

January 19 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

January 19 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW


January 20 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 20 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

January 20 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, GUEST POST

January 20 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW  

January 20 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

January 21 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT

January 21 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

January 21 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

January 21 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

January 22 – Books to the Ceiling – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

January 22 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 22 – Moonlight Rendezvous –  REVIEW, GUEST POST

January 22 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy – REVIEW

January 22 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT

January 23 – Baroness’ Book Trove – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

January 23 – Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW

January 23 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT

January 23 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

January 23 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 24 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – GUEST POST

January 24 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST

January 24 – Brianne’s Book Reviews – REVIEW

January 24 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – SPOTLIGHT

January 24 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

January 25 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

January 25 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

January 25 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST

January 25 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT

January 25 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

January 25 – Thoughts in Progress – SPOTLIGHT


Book tour


  •  January 2021: The Broken Spine, the first book in the Secret Bookroom Mysteries will be published by Berkley Prime Crime.

  • December 2019: Bonbon With the Wind comes out in ebook, hardcover, and paperback.

  • July 24, 2018: Asking for Truffle comes out in audio book.

  • July 6 - August 6, 2018: Asking for Truffle ebook edition is on sale for $1.99!

  • August 7, 2018: Playing with Bonbon Fire comes out in trade paperback.

  • September 11, 2018: In Cold Chocolate comes out in ebook and hardcover.