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Jeff Markowitz

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Monmouth Junction, NJ
About Me:
I am the author of the Cassie O'Malley Mysteries, an amteur sleuth series set deep in the NJ Pine Barrens. For more than 30 years, I have worked in the non-profit sector, developing programs that enhance quality of life. Recently, I discovered that I also have something of a flair for killing people.

I love to write early in the morning. You can usually find me at my computer at 5:30 in the morning, plotting someone's murder.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
Megan Abbott, James Sallis, Elmore Leonard, Jack Getze, Ken Bruen, Jason Starr, Dashiell Hammett, Michael Chabon, Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Dickens, Dr. Suess

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder (ISBN 9781594147296) - coming OCTOBER 2009!

Cassie O’Malley is back in a Christmas mystery that will keep you laughing and guessing until the final showdown.

At odds with her new boss, tabloid reporter Cassie O’Malley finds herself covering the shopping mall at Christmas. Cassie wants nothing to do with the assignment. Then Big Mack turns up dead in the men’s room, his throat slit. Sensing an opportunity for fifteen minutes of fame, mall security guard Oliver Berryhill spins a heroic tale of his confrontation in the men’s room with the loan shark. The police are skeptical, but Big Mack’s son, the even bigger Little Mack is determined to avenge his father’s murder.

Barely a week later, a second body turns up in the employee break room and Cassie finds herself covering a double homicide. In a race against time, Cassie must solve the double murder before a third victim is killed in the wildly funny mystery It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Murder.

The reviews are in!

Nothing concentrates the mind of a reporter with a severe case of writer's block like an opportune murder or two... you'll meet a number of amusing characters en route to the surprise ending -
Kirkus Reviews

This light-hearted murder mystery was a lot of fun to read... I would certainly recommend the book -
Beth Cummings, Armchair Interviews

A Five Star First Edition Mystery from Gale Cengage

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Posted on September 17, 2009 at 12:08am — 2 Comments

Murder Hotel

Long before I ever considered becoming a writer of murder mysteries, my wife and I would make a trip every winter to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It was an annual pilgrimage, a week of cross-country skiing in and around the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. Every trip was memorable, but only one trip was memorable for murder.

It was the winter of 1985. Driving north, we caught the tail-end of a news item on the car radio, nothing unusual, something about an open murder… Continue

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 8:56pm

Guest Blog

I'm guest blogging today at The Stiletto Gang ( I hope you'll take a few minutes out from your Fourth of July festivities to check out my post about True Crime. Thanks. And Happy Fourth!

Posted on July 5, 2008 at 1:07am

Goodbye 2007

The location of the annual New Year’s Eve Party had been in an established rotation for more years than they could count. A neighborhood tradition, eight families, each one taking their turn as hosts. Once every eight years it was Jimmy and Ellen Thomson’s turn. Always they followed John and Susan Berryman and preceded Marty and Ronnie Stansfield. The tradition, which began before any of them had children, had…


Posted on December 18, 2007 at 11:06am

Book Signing Tonight

I'll be speaking and signing copies of A Minor Case of Murder at 7:00 tonight at the Bound Brook Memorial Library in Bound Brook, NJ. If you're in the neighborhood, I hope you'll stop by and say hello.

Posted on August 23, 2007 at 9:38pm

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At 8:25am on September 27, 2009, Jennie Spallone said…
I'll check it out. A very Happy New Year.
At 4:44am on September 25, 2009, Jennie Spallone said…
What's this one about?
At 1:21am on September 22, 2009, Jennie Spallone said…
Hi Jeff,

Just had the house painted. I'm talking, the downstairs was in shambles on Rosh Hashana Eve! Was too sick to sing at temple that night, but mustered up my old strength and sang in choir on Saturday. Of course, my place was spotless by that time! That night, I had 16 people over for dinner. How 'bout you and your wife?
At 9:07am on April 4, 2008, Earl Merkel said…

I thoroughly enjoyed the LIM interview also.

Thanks for the good wishes about VIRGINS AND MARTYRS. Pub date is April 15, but the wait was eased somewhat when, earlier this week, I was informed that the April 1 issue of Library Journal gave a "starred" review to V&M, in the book's first national review. T'was a nice way to start 'er off.

I'll check in on your website, and urge others to do likewise.


--Earl Merkel
At 7:41am on April 4, 2008, Jennie Spallone said…
How's it been going since LIM?
At 3:40am on April 4, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Jeff
I write first thing in the morning too . . . before all the other responsibilities kick in.
Sounds like a fun series.
At 9:25am on December 19, 2007, Jackie Tritt said…
Wow, Jeff, that must be the fastest acceptance on record. Hoping I can find Cassie O'Malley in the wilds of Oz.

At 5:44am on November 7, 2007, Eddie Vincent said…
Hi Jeff,
Hope all is well, I'm looking forward to next book in the Cassie O'Malley Mysteries series.
I loved the one I read.
At 10:35am on August 9, 2007, Michael Allan Mallory said…
Jeff, it was great to meet you in Waterville. It was a fun day. Best of luck to you, too!
At 11:47pm on August 7, 2007, Jack Getze said…
Thanks, Jeff, for the kind words. I hope you got a few laughs. I'm hoping to catch up on my reading at the end of September.

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