Jessie Chandler

Mystery Writer

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The New Book is Out!


Book 5 in the Shay OHanlon's Caper Series
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Great Interview of Jove Belle


Jove Belle took a few minutes to talk with me recently,
and you can read all about it here:

Jove has a new book coming out which is fantastic! Read more about it all HERE.

Blood Money Murder
, the fifth book in the Shay O'Hanlon Caper Series, is ready for pre-order on

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Musings on a Melancholy Monday Morning...

I woke up to yesterday morning to the breathtaking news of Sandra Moran’s passing. To say I was stunned speechless is a cliché, but is absolutely true. It took me forever to shower and dress because I wound up roaming aimlessly around with one sock in hand and the other on my foot, looking for my shorts in the bathtub. My brain was too busy thinking, “no way in hell,” and “this cannot be happening,” and “oh my god, Sandra’s poor family,” to allow me to follow the simple steps in clothing myself...

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at Women & Words.


The crime fiction anthology Lori L. Lake and I edited has made it through the first stage of the Rainbow Awards and earned Honorable Mention. One of the judges wrote:

"I can’t say I’ve ever read an anthology where every story was a complete hit with me, but this one was so consistently good that I genuinely enjoyed every story in it."

High praise that we all appreciate!

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I have a new Publisher!!
Now that my contract with the old press is over, I have signed with a fabulous new publisher, BELLA BOOKS!

I have embarked on the writing of my next Shay O'Hanlon Caper, Blood Money Murder. It's the 5th in the series, and I'm ecstatically excited that I've hooked up with Bella Books. They will be releasing it sometime in 2016.

Have Books Will Review
did a lovely review of the first
book in the Shay O'Hanlon Series.

Click Here to read the review!


Jessie (L), with DJ Schuette,
fellow writer, cheerleader,
and all-around great pal

Crimespree magazine covered the launch of my newest novel, Operation Stop Hate.

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CRIMESPREE Featured My Desk!

Crimespree magazine featured my desk in an article called "Author Work Spaces."

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Amazing author and graphics expert Jove Belle designed this excellent image for LESBIANS ON THE LOOSE. Very cool, huh? I have a story featured in this anthology, and I'm also excited to have been one of the editors with Lori L. Lake.

You can buy the book or ebook everywhere now!

Operation Stop Hate!!

Ebook Orders

Operation Stop Hate, the first book in a new series, is now available in print or e-book!

The bookstore I recommend people shop at for my books is Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis. They have all of my print books in stock, and they are happy to ship books anywhere. And they actually like to take phone orders! 612-870-3785

Otherwise it's available in stores or orderable through Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, or your favorite indie bookstore.

"In Operation Stop Hate, Jessie Chandler proves herself a gifted writer, as capable of handling intense drama as she is of navigating comic capers in her popular Shay O'Hanlon series. OSH hit me like a gutshot-timely, elegantly plotted, with characters who'll stick with me for a while."
~Jess Lourey, author of the Lefty-finalist Murder by Month Mysteries

"From the gripping opening to the final, suspense-filled scene, Chandler has penned a page-turner that propels the reader down the rabbit hole into the center of one of today's most deeply disturbing crimes. With grit, humor and heart, Chandler has truly hit her stride in this compelling new mystery."
~Ellen Hart, author of the award-winning Jane Lawless series

"Topical and compelling, Operation Stop Hate introduces a new heroine readers will want to see more of. Chandler weaves current crisis and human drama that grabs hold of your throat and won't let go."
~Lori L. Lake, award-winning author of The Gun Series and The Public Eye Series

"Jessie Chandler is known for her award-winning crime capers, but here she reveals a harder edge. Part taut procedural, part expose of extremism and part study of the meaning of family, OPERATION STOP HATE is a gripping, fast-paced, high-stakes read, and a satisfying series opener. We want more!"
~Catriona McPherson, Edgar-nominated and Anthony, Agatha, Macavity, and Bruce Alexander award-winning author

"In her latest novel, Operation Stop Hate, mystery writer Jessie Chandler takes on some of the toughest issues society faces today. The story starts with every parent's worst nightmare - an active shooter in a public school. Chandler weaves the details of the story with frank honesty, and without pretense. The main character, Special Agent Cailin McKenna, is smart, caring, and, most of all, real. She makes mistakes, she struggles with her choices, but despite an almost overwhelming urge to run, she stands tall in the face of fear. The author uses Cailin's sharp wit to her advantage, allowing the character to inject moments of humor into an otherwise tense story. Kudos for creating a novel that examines powerfully frightening subjects in a way that keeps the reader turning the page. From start to finish, Operation Stop Hate takes the reader on a ride she won't soon forget."
~Jove Belle, author of many books including Uncommon Romance, Love and Devotion, Indelible, Chaps, Split the Aces, and Edge of Darkness.

Chip Wins USA Best Book Award!

CLICK HERE to read all
the winners and finalists!

Chip Off The Ice Block Murder won the LGBTQ Fiction Category at the USA Best Book Awards. OMG! I feel gobsmacked by this news!

My previous two mysteries (Pickle in the Middle Murder and Hide and Snake Murder) were finalists!

I'm particularly thrilled to have my books be finalists in this category with Radclyffe, Gerry Parani, and JM Redmann & Greg Herren!

Chip is a Rainbow Award Finalist!

After already receiving an Honourable Mention, I just got word that Chip Off the Ice Block Murder is now a finalist in the Rainbow Awards for Best Mystery! Yahoo!

It's tough competition. There are ten other amazing novels in the running, so I'm in terrific company. CLICK HERE if you want to check out the finalists in all the categories.

Come Visit Me at The New Killer Caper Blog
CLICK HERE to check out my Mysteriously Murderous Musings!
Book 4 in the Shay O'Hanlon Series is here!

Chip Off the Ice Block Murder came out May 8th. Click on Events (above in the menu bar) to see the schedule of events surrounding the new book!

Click on the links below to read other great reviews of the new book!

Mary Ann Grossman at the Pioneer Press

C-Spot Reviews

Mysterious Reviews

Sweet Little Pretties

Lavender Magazine

Operation Stop Hate
I'm writing a new book called Operation Stop Hate, which is a standalone outside the Shay O'Hanlon series. Stay tuned for more information about this new endeavor!
Three Interviews
Check out the YouTube in-person interview I did with Diana Belchase, the interview at The Liz McMullen Show, and the audio interview in Lizzie's Bedtime Stories where I do some readings from my books and stories.
New Notices for Pickle in the Middle Murder!
First, here's some coverage at ABC newspapers:
Then here's a piece about Rocky and Tulip's Wedding!
Two Fun Links (with Fives in Them)!!
Check out the two links below:
at Joel Arnold's Beneath The Trap Door Blog
at Crimespree magazine
Praise & Reviews for Book #3

Publishers Weekly gave Pickle in the Middle Murder an excellent recommendation:

In Chandler's thrilling third Shay O'Hanlon caper (after 2012's Hide and Snake Murder), the Rabbit Hole cafe owner and her girlfriend, Minneapolis police officer JT Bordeaux, are enjoying the Minnesota Renaissance Festival when Shay feels the urge to run to the Porta Potties (aka "privies"). When Shay opens an outhouse door, a dead man with a pickle sticking out of his mouth and the back of his head missing topples off the pot. Her call to 911 brings the police, but where's JT? When she finally appears, disheveled and splattered with pickle fragments, gruff Det. Clint Roberts arrests her for murder. Chandler keeps the suspense high as flustered Shay and spunky Eddy Quartermaine, Shay's mom stand-in, seek to prove JT's innocence -- and learn a few surprises about her past along the way.

And a nice review from Lavender Magazine as well:

A Renaissance Fair treat turns to murder, murder most foul, committed in a Porta privy. Worse yet, [Shay's] lover, officer JT Bordeaux, is charged with the killing. The usual gang rallies round to find the real killer-friends Coop and Eddy, hounds Dawg and Bogey-but the atmosphere in Chandler's third caper is darker and more intense. Corpse Russell Krasski was a child trafficker with an unsettling connection to JT, and while sleuthing, Shay finds evidence that questions JT's fidelity. Mainstay Rocky drops a bombshell -- he is to wed his love Tulip -- but that knot is not tied in this installment. Now, with marriage available to all Minnesotans, what might we expect for volume four? Something tasty, no doubt, topped with a pickle -- and relish.

CLICK HERE to read a summer round-up of Fair-related books, including ones from my pals Jess Lourey and Pete Hautman and for several other Minnesota books.

Great Press!

CLICK HERE to see an article on page 2 of the March 2013 "Mug Shots" part of the Clues newsletter from the Mystery Writers of America Midwest:

How does Jessie Chandler write?
Under pressure and with an eye
toward making people laugh

and gave Bingo Barge Murder a great mention regarding the most unusual ways for a character to be offed:



Howlingly Good Article from Fozzy Bear!

Click on the doggie to see the article that Fozzy Bear wrote!

Woo Hoo! First blurb for Pickle in the Middle Murder

I'm so excited to receive the first recommendation for the next novel, which will be out in a few months. Here's what amazing author Catriona McPherson has to say about it:

"Pickle in the Middle Murder - Shay O'Hanlon's third outing - has all the beloved characters from the first two capers: sweet Coop, tough old broad Eddy, adorable Rocky and, best of all, this time we find out what's behind JT's air of enigma. There is some dark stuff here as well as the jokes, chases and knock-about, but that only makes us root even more for these wonderful characters. If you only read one Twin Cities pickle-based murder mystery this year, make it Jessie Chandler's. Oh, and the dogs - Dawg and Bogey - only just manage not to steal the whole show. Great fun with a big heart: I loved it."
Three Great Reviews for Hide and Snake Murder

to read the one at Rainbow Book Reviews.

CLICK HERE to read the one at Lambda Literary Review.

CLICK HERE to read the one at The Mystery Reader Review.

New!! Photos from the Con

I finally got my errant webmistress to post pictures from the GCLS conference.

CLICK HERE to see the pix!

Recent Photos


Never say I won't take you up on a dare! A fellow author dared me to have the face painter do me up with her first gunshot wound. She made it look surprisingly fetching! This was at the Brooklyn Park Carousel Craft Show.

Me with Midnight Inkers Jess Lourey (center) and my editor Terri Bischoff (r) as they attempt to help me down some of the most horrifying and disgusting tequila

Left to right: Me, Darrell James, Kathleen Ernst, Jess Lourey, Terri Bischoff, and Steven Pomije --- The DEATH BY KILLER BOWLING BALL Team!

CLICK HERE to see more photos


Betty (R) and me standing next to the Once Upon A Crime Mystery Bookstore PT Cruiser


Legendary Editor and Author
Katherine V. Forrest (L) with me (R)


Author Ellen Hart,
me, my wife Betty
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So happy to reveal the cover for the upcoming new Shay book, Blood Money Murder, due in June 2016!

WOO HOO!!! Here's the cover for book four in the Shay O'Hanlon Caper series, Chip Off the Ice Block Murder, which was released May 8, 2014.

Yahoo!! Here's the cover for book three in the Shay O'Hanlon Caper series, Pickle in the Middle Murder!

Below is the cover for book two in the Shay O'Hanlon Caper series, Hide and Snake Murder!
Click on the BOOKS link above to get the summary of the story.

Hide and Snake Murder is available from as a print book or as an eBook!

It's also available in paperback to order from:

Once Upon A Crime


Barnes & Noble

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Here's the cover for my first book, Bingo Barge Murder: A Shay O'Hanlon Caper. Click on the BOOKS link above to get the summary of the story!


Bingo Barge Murder is available from Bella Books in print and as an eBook as of late April 2014.

Also from as a print book or as an eBook.!

It's also available in paperback to order from:

Once Upon A Crime


Barnes & Noble


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