The Envy Trap

This post is a little behind the times, but nevertheless, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve released the fourth book in the Brenna Rutherford Mysteries series, The Envy Trap.


This story is written a little differently with the majority of the plot taking place over (roughly) an eight hour time period. That was a bit of a challenge for me, because my plots tend to stretch out over several days/weeks. The shorter the timeframe, the harder it is for me to develop. I’m quite happy with how the book turned out, and the response from my fans has been wonderful.

Told from varying perspectives, the story focuses on three locations: the police station, The Cherry Blossom, and the Woodward Opera House. Unlike some of the other series’ locations, the Woodward Opera House really exists. I’ve taken some artistic liberties with it, adding secret passages and additional rooms to fit the plot. But it really is America’s Oldest Authentic 19th Century Theater still standing and it is currently undergoing renovation (learn more at 

When I set out to write the series, I chose to set it in Mount Vernon, Ohio because there were several spots in the town that I could envision scenes unfolding. Almost from the beginning, the Woodward Opera House was one of them. I think that writing about places like these takes the town of Mount Vernon from being a simple setting to becoming a pivotal character in the series. It also makes the writing process a lot more fun for me.

With the release of The Envy Trap, there are only three books left in the series. I can hardly believe it, but at the same time, it’s quite exciting. I can see the finish line way off in the distance (Fall 2015). You can expect the fifth book this fall. Until then, happy reading!


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