Courting Murder 





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.


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ISBN: 978-0-9830504-38

Fall 2012  


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.

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 "Courting 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 Courting Murder’s Judge Rosswell Carew."

—DEBORAH SHARP, author of the Mace Bauer Mysteries


 "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: Courting Murder 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 Mystery series

"Bill Hopkins’ debut mystery Courting Murder introduces characters who are truly characters—in 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."

 —CHRIS ROERDEN, 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 townand you'll fall in love with the place. Courting Murder is guiltyof being terrific."

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity-winner, author of The Other Woman