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meet TJ Makkai

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"Many, many many years ago when we were kids my sister was reading a book and completely ignoring me. I figured the book had to be great because why else would she not want to pay attention to me. A short time later I picked up that same book and thus began my love of suspense novels. Mary Higgins Clark, thanks to my sister, was my introduction to a world of mystery and intrigue. My favorites are authors have multiple titles in their catalog. There is nothing worse than finding a great author and realizing you have to wait for their next release or worse yet picking up a book in the middle of a series. Kudos to the late Sue Grafton for making it easy to follow her wonderful Kinsey Millhone anthology." 


After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, TJ embarked on a career in the hospitality industry which lead to multiple moves across the country. An avid marathon runner, TJ  turned to writing after her knee eventually gave out. The author lives in Kansas with her husband, son, and dog Reba. When not writing, TJ can be found hiking our national parks or traveling with her bookclub.

TJ's Recommended Reads

Need a conversation starter? Want to get to know someone? Want to know what should be on your reading list? Did a book every make you want to travel or experience a different culture?

TJ Recommends

Shop at local bookstores- the employees will direct you to the best books.

If you shop a national chain look for the section for local authors- you will be surprised at what you find from authors in your area.

Recommended Series

Nelson Demille, Janet Evanovich and Harlan Coben


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

By Marry Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows

I want to go to Guernsey in the Channel Islands! 

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Vera Stanhope Series and Shetland Series

By Anne Cleeves

Bought a book just because of the setting or where it took place? 

Ann Cleeves writes her stories based in coastal villages and in the Scottish Highlands in Scotland

Remember to read them in order!


Vera Stanhope Series and Shetland Island Mysteries 



To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

Book from high school or college that you were forced to read but it stuck with you

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