Judge Bill Hopkins
has been writing fiction, non-fiction,
poetry, and plays for over fifty years. He is a member of The Dramatists
Guild of America, Inc., the Missouri Writers’ Guild, Sisters in Crime,
Mystery Writers of America, Southeast Missouri Writers’ Guild, and the
Horror Writers Association. Bill, a member of the Missouri and Colorado
bars, has served as a prosecuting attorney, administrative law judge, and an
associate circuit judge. He’s a graduate of the University of Missouri,
University of Denver School of Law, and lives in Marble Hill, Missouri, with
his wife, Sharon.
When Judge Rosswell Carew makes the
gruesome discovery of two corpses on a river bank in the Missouri
Ozarks, he’s plunged into a storm of deadly secrets that threaten both
him and his fiancée, Tina Parkmore. Unsatisfied with the way the
authorities are conducting the investigation, Rosswell, who’s always
nurtured a secret desire to be a detective, teams up with an ex-con,
Ollie Groton, to solve the case before the killer can murder again. Rosswell uncovers a maze of crimes so tangled that he must fight his way
to a solution or die trying.
Murder is a promising series
debut by judge-turned-novelist Bill Hopkins. Lively characters, a
crafty plot, and an off-the-beaten-track setting in Missouri make
for a good read. The protagonist—plagued by allergies, illness, and
a cantankerous nature—is a humorous departure from the typical
macho-man mystery hero. I’ve got my eye on
Judge Rosswell Carew."
—DEBORAH SHARP, author of the Mace Bauer
"Bill Hopkins’ insider knowledge of life
behind the bench shines through in this debut mystery. His
unexpected hero takes readers on a twisting ride full of snappy
dialogue, murder, and mayhem."
—JESS LOUREY, author of the
Lefty-nominated Murder-by-Month Mysteries
"The verdict is in:
is a winner! In his entertaining debut mystery,
Bill Hopkins transports us to Bollinger County, Missouri, where
Judge Rosswell Carew and a cast of colorful characters track down
missing bodies, drug dealers, and murderers using their wits and a
few extra-large dollops of homespun charm. A fun read!"
—ALAN ORLOFF, Agatha
Award-nominated author of
Diamonds for the Dead
and the Last Laff
"Bill Hopkins’ debut mystery
introduces characters who are truly
the most entertaining sense of the word. Even the judge turns every
stereotype you may have about judges on its head. And to think
Marble Hill, Bollinger County, MO, is a real place! Hopkins' zany,
delightful adventure turns this unsuspecting burg on its head, too."
author of Agatha winner
Don’t Murder Your Mystery
"Here comes the Judge--he's stubborn, cranky, a bit
sarcastic, and completely charming. Bill Hopkins nails the voice!
This is a big-time mystery in a small town—and
you'll fall in love with the place. Courting Murder is
PHILLIPPI RYAN, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity-winner, author of
The Other Woman