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The Kinship Series

Set in Ohio during the 1920s, The Kinship Series of mystery novels by Jess Montgomery features a tough women sleuth Lily Ross, who swears to avenge the death of her husband, a well-respected sheriff. Approached at the funeral by a stranger, Marvena Whitcomb, a coal miner’s widow, Lily soon learns that Daniel was not the husband she thought she knew. Inspired by the true story of Ohio’s first female sheriff, The Widows is a powerful debut in this series about two women’s search for justice as they take on the corruption at the heart of their small town community.

“Women’s and workers’ rights, Prohibition, and a murder mystery come together beautifully…The book is impossible to put down or forget.”—Mystery Scene

  • The Echoes
    • The Echoes

    • The Kinship Series (Volume 4)
      Jess Montgomery
      St. Martin's Publishing Group

    • The fourth in Jess Montgomery's evocative Kinship series, The Echoes combines exquisite storytelling with extraordinary crime plotting…

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  • The Stills
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    • The Stills

    • The Kinship Series (Volume 3)
      Jess Montgomery
      St. Martin's Publishing Group

    • With compassion and insight, Jess Montgomery weaves a gripping mystery and portrait of community in The Stills, the powerful third novel in the...

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  • The Hollows
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    • The Hollows

    • The Kinship Series (Volume 2)
      Jess Montgomery
      St. Martin's Publishing Group

    • Jess Montgomery showcases her skills as a storyteller in The Hollows: a powerful, big-hearted and exquisitely written follow-up to her highly acclaimed debut The Widows.

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  • The Widows
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    • The Widows

    • The Kinship Series (Volume 1)
      Jess Montgomery
      St. Martin's Publishing Group

    • The Widows kept me on the edge of my seat. Montgomery is a masterful storyteller.” —Lee Martin, author of Pulitzer Prize-Finalist The Bright...

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Jess Montgomery

JESS MONTGOMERY writes a new Writer's Digest magazine column, "Level Up Your Writing (Life)" and was formerly the “Literary Life” columnist for the Dayton Daily News. Based on early chapters of the first book in the Kinship Series, The Widows, Jess was awarded an Ohio Arts Council individual artist’s grant for literary arts and named the John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House in Columbus. She lives in her native state of Ohio.

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