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Lourey, Jess 1970-

Overview
Works: 25 works in 110 publications in 2 languages and 7,165 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Chick lit  Code and cipher stories  Thrillers (Fiction)  Short stories  Fantasy fiction  Paranormal fiction  Christmas stories  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3612.O833, 813.6
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Publications about Jess Lourey
Publications by Jess Lourey
Most widely held works by Jess Lourey
August moon by Jess Lourey( Book )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 740 libraries worldwide
Mira James' fury over getting stood up by Johnny Leeson is hotter than the scorching summer heat, and she's getting out of Battle Lake, Minnesota, "where the women are churchgoers, the men like to hunt, and the body count is above average" but before she can hightail it back to Minneapolis, a high school cheerleader is found murdered and Mira becomes hell-bent on catching the killer
October fest by Jess Lourey( Book )
7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 711 libraries worldwide
Beer and polka music reign supreme at Octoberfest, Battle Lake's premier fall festival. To kick off the celebrations, the town hosts a public debate between the two congressional candidates: straight-laced Arnold Swydecker, and slippery incumbent, Sarah Glokkmann. As a reporter for the Battle Lake Recall, Mira James is roped into writing up the word war. But the festive mood sours when a well-known Glokkmann-bashing blogger is found dead ... and the congresswoman herself meets a gruesome fate. To keep the heat off her best friend's fiancé -- an ex-con reporter -- Mira wades through the candidates' dirty laundry, their unsavory secrets, and some murderous mudslinging to expose the killer
September fair by Jess Lourey( Book )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 681 libraries worldwide
Mira James, reporter for the Battle Lake Weekly, investigates when the 54th Milkfed Mary, Queen of the Dairy, is fatally poisoned at the Minnesota State Fair while having her likeness sculpted in butter
November hunt : a murder-by-month mystery by Jess Lourey( Book )
7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 649 libraries worldwide
When Tom Kicker is killed in a hunting accident, not-quite-a-P.I. Mira James braves a blustery blizzard to investigate--and discovers dark secrets that incriminate the town's most prominent families
May Day by Jess Lourey( Book )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and French and held by 553 libraries worldwide
Minneapolitan Mira James has been taking it easy since college graduation--too easy. Due to a dead-end job and a cheating boyfriend, the Twin Cities have lost their charm, and Mira decides to begin a new life in rural Battle Lake. Right away she is offered jobs as an assistant librarian and part-time reporter, and falls into an unexpected romance with a guy who seems to be the perfect man until he turns up dead between the reference stacks her tenth day on the job. Anxious to learn more about the man who had briefly stolen her heart, Mira delves into the hidden mysteries of Battle Lake, including a old land deed with ancient Ojibwe secrets, an obscure octogenarian crowd with freaky social lives, and a handful of thirtysomething high school buddies who hold bitter, decades-old grudges. Mira soon discovers that unknown dangers are concealed under the polite exterior of this quirky small town, and revenge is a tator-tot hotdish best served cold. A hip, humorous, and gripping account of small-town murder, this novel is the first in a series of cozies featuring Mira James, an urban woman with rural Minnesota roots
December dread by Jess Lourey( Book )
8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 545 libraries worldwide
Mira James investigates a serial killer who uses online dating sites to seduce and kill women who look just like her--and leaves a candy cane as his calling card
January thaw : a Murder-by-Month Mystery by Jess Lourey( Book )
7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 544 libraries worldwide
When Mira James moved to a small town in Minnesota, she thought she left muggings behind her . . . until she's jumped by two men in an alley. A third man saves her, but for all his trouble he's found frozen under an ice-covered lake. Meanwhile, Mira's job as a private eye-in-training has her tracking down the family that built the Prospect House, home of the town's new museum. Discovering a letter that dates back to 1865, Mira finds herself embroiled in a cold case of treachery and a hot case of drug trafficking that puts the whole town in danger
Knee high by the Fourth of July by Jess Lourey( Book )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 529 libraries worldwide
The town of Battle Lake is celebrating their statue's 25th anniversary and no amount of blue, sugar-soaked popcorn balls at Wenonga Days can uplift their gloomy mood. But when Mira runs into a dead body, the town has more pressing issues
February fever : a murder-by-month mystery by Jess Lourey( Book )
7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 525 libraries worldwide
Mira James's hot and heavy relationship with boyfriend Johnny Leeson is definitely warming up her winter. But when Johnny has to go to Portland, Oregon, for a month-longth internship, airplane-averse Mira lets her septuagenarian friend Mrs. Berns talk her into a visit. On the plus side, Mira can make the trip a tax write-off by attending the International Private Investigator Conference. On the down side, Mrs. Berns books them--much to Mira's dismay--on the Valentine Train, a place for singles to meet and mingle. After a few glasses of champagne and Mrs. Berns' encouragement, Mira begins to relax and enjoy herself--until a fellow passenger is murdered and a snowstorm traps the train in the Rockies
Salem's cipher by Jess Lourey( Book )
5 editions published in 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 522 libraries worldwide
"Salem Wiley is a genius cryptanalyst, courted by the world's top security agencies ever since making a breakthrough discovery in her field of quantum computing. She's also an agoraphobe, shackled to a narrow routine by her fear of public places. When her mother's disappearance is linked to a plot to assassinate the country's first viable female presidential candidate, Salem finds herself both target and detective in a modern-day witch hunt. Drawn into a labyrinth of messages encrypted by Emily Dickinson and centuries-old codes tucked inside the Beale Cipher, Salem begins to uncover the truth: an ancient and ruthless group is hell-bent on ruling the world, and only a select group of women stands in its way."--Amazon.com
June bug by Jess Lourey( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and French and held by 484 libraries worldwide
When she stumbles across a waterlogged corpse while looking into a local legend about a diamond necklace lost in a nearby lake, part-time reporter Mira James is determined to solve the crime
March of crime : a murder-by-month mystery by Jess Lourey( Book )
3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 254 libraries worldwide
Ida Gilbertson of the Battle Lake Senior Sunset nursing home has a new hobby: crafting life-sized dolls and displaying them around town. Budding PI Mira James finds the dolls creepy enough on their own, but when she's forced to sit next to one and discovers a human corpse under the hat and wig, it becomes personal
Salem's cipher by Jess Lourey( Book )
4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 127 libraries worldwide
Salem Wiley is a genius cryptanalyst, courted by the world's top security agencies ever since making a breakthrough discovery in her field of quantum computing. She's also an agoraphobe, shackled to a narrow routine by her fear of public places. When her mother's disappearance is linked to a plot to assassinate the country's first viable female presidential candidate, Salem finds herself both target and detective in a modern-day witch hunt. Drawn into a labyrinth of messages encrypted by Emily Dickinson and centuries-old codes tucked inside the Beale Cipher, Salem begins to uncover the truth: an ancient and ruthless group is hell-bent on ruling the world, and only a select group of women stands in its way
Rewrite your life : discover your truth through the healing power of fiction by Jess Lourey( Book )
3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 105 libraries worldwide
Resort to Murder : [thirteen more tales of mystery by Minnesota's premier writers ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 81 libraries worldwide
Anthology of mystery stories set in a Minnesota resort and written by Minnesota authors
The Catalain book of secrets by Jess Lourey( Book )
3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 55 libraries worldwide
Faith Falls is a snug little Minnesota town constructed over a mystery, a place where the most impressive building is a gorgeous Queen Anne with turrets, cantilevered gables, and a wraparound porch. In a concealed room beneath the twisting stairs of the Queen Anne lies the Catalain Book of Secrets, the repository of the wisdom the Catalain women have gathered since the beginning of time. Ursula Catalain, current keeper of the Book of Secrets, is content to concoct spells in her garden cottage until the ghost of the man she murdered when she was 12 appears at her door in a new form. His return pulls Jasmine, Ursula's daughter, back into the fold. Once believed to be the most powerful of the Catalains, she foreswore her gift years before to bury a shameful secret. The ghost of the murdered man also calls home Katrine, Jasmine's sister, who has been banished for fourteen years. Finally able to return to Faith Falls and the beloved Queen Anne, Katrine must claim her true Catalain power to save her mother and sister from the dark family curse
The Toadhouse trilogy by Jess Lourey( Book )
7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
Aine (pronounced "Aw-nee") believes herself to be a regular teenager in 1930s Alabama, but when a blue-eyed monster named Biblos attacks, she discovers that the reclusive woman raising her isn't really her grandmother and that she's been living inside a book for the past five years. With her blind brother, Spenser, she flees the pages of the novel she's called home, one terrifying step ahead of Biblos' black magic. Her only chance at survival lies in beating him to the three objects that he desires more than life. As she undertakes her strange and dangerous odyssey, Aine must choose between a family she doesn't remember and her growing attraction to a mysterious young man named Gilgamesh. Only through treacherous adventures into The Time Machine, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Tale of Two Cities, and the epic Indian saga The Ramayana will she learn her true heritage and restore the balance of the worlds ... if she can stay alive
Seven Daughters by Jess Lourey( Book )
2 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
"Every one of Helena Catalain's handmade candies carries magic, and that's a problem for Meredith Gottfridsen. Awakening the 100-year-old feud between her family and the Catalains, Meredith forces peaceful Helena to fight to keep Seven Daughters, her famous candy store, and the beautiful Queen Anne mansion she calls home. When a massive ball of snakes overtakes the town, bringing with it knowledge and fear, Helena realizes the stakes are even higher than she imagined."--Back cover
Mercy's chase by Jess Lourey( Book )
2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Otter tail review : stories, essays and poems from Minnesota's heartland ( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Otter Tail Review, Volume Two continues in the same vein as the first edition, featuring fiction, poetry and essays fro local Minnesota authors. The anthology features the works of such well-known writers as Robert Bly, Eugene McCarthy, Will Weaver, Jessica Lourey, and Lin Enger, as well as a wide and talented array of previously unpublished authors. Focusing on indigenous and immigrant story-telling, the Otter Tail Review, Volume Two is poignant, humorous, thought-provoking, and a genuine Minnesota treasure.--Back cover
 
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Alternative Names
Lourey, Jessica Heather 1970-
Languages
English (102)
French (2)
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