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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Presents: The Jammed Judges: Doro Banyon Historical Mysteries by D.S. Lang


The Jammed Judges: Doro Banyon Historical Mysteries
by D.S. Lang

About The Jammed Judges

The Jammed Judges: Doro Banyon Historical Mysteries
Historical Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Ohio
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Debra Sue Lang (April 2, 2024)
Number of Pages – Approx. 310
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CSXQQQ81

Journey back to the Roaring Twenties in small-town America and join Doro Banyon, college librarian and armchair detective, as she confronts another mystery.

Spring in the air, and Doro is looking forward to her hometown’s May Day celebration. When her friend Aggie wins the baking contest, their celebration is short-lived because the two local lawmen—judges for the competition—fall ill after consuming extra portions of Aggie’s jam roll. Rumors run rampant, especially when the town doctor pinpoints the cause as arsenic poisoning.

With the constabulary down for the count, the two friends must unravel the mystery. As they study possibilities, Doro and Aggie find plenty of dangling threads and likely suspects. Is someone trying to make Aggie look bad or get even with her? Or do area bootleggers want the police out of their way while a big load of illegal liquor is transported through the area? Doro resolves to crack the case before more trouble hits town.



Doro scurried down the winding stairs and reached the cellar in short order. Her nose wrinkled at the musty odor, but she pushed on. As she entered the main tunnel, Doro heard rapid footsteps echoing ahead of her. While there was a dirt floor in most places, concrete had been poured in other locations. Not wanting to be heard, she quickly shed her shoes and hurried on. Her breath came in short rasps as her feel flew across the uneven ground. When the passage split into two branches, Doro hesitated. One led to the male faculty residence hall, while the other went to the library. [The culprit] was not apt to escape through the apartment building, so Doro turned the opposite way.

Although the library was still open, no one would be in the storeroom, which was where anyone using her current route would emerge. As she scampered along, Doro considered how and where to confront the person. Definitely not on the rickety staircase leading to the library, so keeping her distance to avoid a dangerous confrontation was crucial. But not too much distance, because the storage area had a back door. She could not let the guilty party escape.

As she reached the steps, Doro heard the door above her head click shut. After a deep breath, she ran up the flight and waited. With her pulse pounding in her ears, hearing was not easy. Finally, the sound of footsteps again reached her. After a long inhalation, she eased the door open and a dark figure, now devoid of the hooded mask, came into view…


About D.S. Lang

D.S. Lang is a former teacher, tutor, mentor, and program manager. As an only child, she often created stories to entertain herself when she didn’t have her nose in a book. She is still making up stories, but now she puts them in writing.

She writes historical mysteries set in small-town America during the Roaring Twenties. Her books feature women amateur sleuths dedicated to solving crimes, along with a team of colorful characters—often including a local lawman.

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