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Writing Delicious Southern Mysteries
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A Book Club to Die For

Murder at a Book Club.
An Open and Shut Case.
Or Is it?


"Loyalty, romance, and Southern mores are highlighted in this pleasant cozy.." ~ Kirkus Reviews
Available November 7, 2023 in Mass Market Paperback
Available now in Hardcover, Audio, and Ebook
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A Perfect Bind

A Dead Body.
A Library in Shambles.
And a Town Drowning in Rumors.

"A librarian's guilty secret is imperiled when murder stalks the library. ... It’s not easy to guess the killer in this amusing cozy filled with romantic angst and peculiar characters." ~ Kirkus Reviews
Available Sept 6, 2022 in Paperback
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My Books
The Beloved Bookroom Mysteries
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January 2021

Book 1:

The Broken Spine


September 2021

Book 2:

A Perfect Bind


November 2022

Book 3:

A Book Club to Die For

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 is a former Folly Beach beach bum. And now is a hectic suburb mom, living in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, with her husband, precocious daughter, slightly (OK, terribly) needy dogs, and the friendliest cat you'd ever meet. 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."


for Playing with Bonbon Fire


Join me on my virtual blog tour for the release of A Perfect Bind

September 28 – Novels Alive – GUEST POST

September 28 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

September 29 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

September 30 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

September 30 – Author Elena Taylor’s Blog – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 1 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 1 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW


October 2 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

October 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

October 3 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW

October 4 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

October 4 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 5 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW  

October 5 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – SPOTLIGHT

October 6 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

October 6 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

October 7 – Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW

October 7 – Mysteries with Character – GUEST POST

October 8 – Angel’s Guilty Pleasures – SPOTLIGHT

October 8 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

October 9 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

October 9 – I Read What You Write – SPOTLIGHT

October 10 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

October 10 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 11 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

October 11 – BookishKelly2020 – 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.

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