The Olympia Brown “Mission” Mysteries

Ministry and murder are unlikely bedfellows, but put them together and they make for a good story and a good teaching tool. My protagonist, Olympia Brown, is a lady minister. Her partner in sleuthing is a gay Roman Catholic priest, more recently, an Anglican priest. Why that combination? Because it raises eyebrows; it gets your attention.

We write what we know. I’m a minister. I know how ministers think and act and the problems they confront. Why a gay priest? My sub-agenda in writing these stories is challenging cultural stereotypes.

The original first book in the series, A Deadly Mission, is about a college student who becomes entangled in a nasty and manipulative religious cult. Olympia and Father Jim risk their lives and challenge both the academic and religious establishment to save her life.

Through all the books, Olympia is restoring an antique home in Southeastern Massachusetts. In that house there is a nosy and outspoken house-ghost, who has a story of her own.

When you think about it, all of life is a mystery and I am not the first person to have that idea. What I can do is take chapters of those human dramas I have witnessed over the years, fictionalize them, and weave them into stories that entertain as well as inform. That’s what I want when I read a book, and that’s what I give to my readers. I welcome your thoughts, plot suggestions and questions about my writing or about Olympia herself. Welcome to my world.


Olympia Brown 1

A Deadly Mission
A Deadly Mission

Olympia Brown 2

An Unspeakable Mission
An Unspeakable Mission

Olympia Brown 3

A Despicable Mission
A Despicable Mission

Olympia Brown 4

An Unholy Mission
An Unholy Mission

Olympia Brown 5

A Predatory Mission
A Predatory Mission

Olympia Brown 6

An Improper English Mission
An Improper English Mission

Olympia Brown 7

A Singular Mission
A Singular Mission

Olympia Brown 8

A Twisted Mission
(Prequel to the series)
A Twisted Mission

Olympia Brown 9

An Unseaworthy Mission
An Unseaworthy Mission

Olympia Brown 10

The Mission that Rocked Olde Plimoth
The Mission that Rocked Olde Plimoth

Olympia Brown 11

Christmas in Crisis
Christmas in Crisis

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