Michael Mondl has published a number of books in several genres since 1998.
The Timothy Jarrett Private Eye mysteries (written as Mack Thornton) are a series of books that take place from 1951 to 1952. Each book is a stand-alone novel that builds upon the events and characters of previous stories.
Michael also writes science fiction novels under the name Morgan Drake and teen adventure stories as Avery Thornton.
Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and is a two-time winner of the National Novel Writing competition. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest achievement offered by Toastmasters International. Mondl is a stage actor, director, and musician. He worked as a computer programmer for Benton County, Arkansas for 14 years.
Wounds So Deep - Timothy Jarrett Mystery Book 1 by Mack Thornton
May 14, 1951 – A cloudy gray Monday morning and Timothy Jarrett was looking forward to catching a little shuteye at his desk. But when the curvaceous blonde bombshell Tawni Wolfe offers the private detective a hundred dollars to watch her back – as well as be her bodyguard when she performs her strip-tease act at the Fantasies Lounge, Jarrett eagerly agrees. His plans for an exciting evening take a sour turn when he discovers his newest client stabbed to death in her home before she could reveal the nature of her mortal fears.
What dark secret would the beautiful Miss Wolfe hire a private detective to guard and a killer brutally murder for? Jarrett follows the torrid trail of lies and deceit through the dark alleys and smoky bars of the city trying to discover the truth behind this mysterious woman’s secret life and a savage killer’s motive for ending it.
Wounds So Deep is the first in the Timothy Jarrett Private Eye series.
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Indiscreet - Timothy Jarrett Mystery Book 2 by Mack Thornton
Thursday, June 21, 1951
Timothy Jarrett believes obtaining a tell-all manuscript written by the notorious artist Randall Rhodes before it causes a public scandal should be a simple enough job. And when his client’s beautiful daughter also hires him to recover one of Rhodes’ revealing portraits of herself before her parents find out, the private detective thinks he’s getting two cases for the effort of one. But when the intrepid reporter Miss Victoria Paige decides to tag along for the ride, it becomes twice the headache and twice the danger.
Add in one jealous secretary, an amorous waitress and a vengeful ex-mobster out to even an old score, and Jarrett finds himself with more than his hands full on this case. Hopefully he can protect his client’s secrets while managing to keep himself and his newshound companion from getting killed in the process.
Indiscreet is the second book in the Timothy Jarrett mystery series.
Torch Song - Timothy Jarrett Mystery Book 3 by Mack Thornton
Monday, July 16, 1951
When singing sensation Katie Nemec becomes the prime suspect in an arson investigation at the prestigious Torch Club, the girl hires private investigator Timothy Jarrett to clear her good name. Jarrett quickly discovers he’s taken on more than he bargained for as the impulsive songstress keeps getting herself into deeper and deeper trouble every time he turns his back.
Could this young singer be truly innocent of a crime, or is she merely running a scam on Jarrett to further her career by earning herself greater attention and publicity?
Torch Song is the third book in the Timothy Jarrett Private Eye mystery series.
Past Tense - Shelby Taylor Demon Slayer Book 1 by Avery Thornton
The nightmares would not go away.
Shelby Taylor is convinced that her horrible dreams were calling her to her destiny. They eventually drew the young college student to a desolate ghost town in Western Kansas to meet Cherokee medicine woman Linda Lightfoot. Shelby learned she must go back in time to close the Demon’s Gate and stop the forces of evil from sweeping over the Earth.
Can Shelby actually travel back in time and seal the gates of hell? Will she be able to stop the destruction of Cold Creek and save the poor townsfolk from a terrible and horrible fate? Is she ready for the task of being the defender of the world?
Past Tense introduces Shelby Taylor – Demon Slayer and pits the young woman in a life and death battle against the forces of darkness.