Andrea Kress was trained as a physical anthropologist at Syracuse and Duke Universities and retired from a long career as a public administrator with the City of Tucson, Arizona, to return to writing full time.
The BERKSHIRES COZY MYSTERY SERIES debuted in 2021 with Aggie Burnside, a young nurse and amateur sleuth trying to figure out whodunit in the 1930s small town of West Adams Massachusetts. Books in the series are:
Murder at Highfields
The Girl on the Doorstep
Christmas Recipe for Murder
Murder at the Valentine Ball
April is Murder
She has published scores of articles under the name Andrea Ibanez about travel, culture, history, and the Southwest in the Tucson Weekly, Valley Guide Quarterly, Tucson Guide Quarterly and The New York Times. She was the author of the chapters on Tucson and Southern Arizona in Fodor’s Arizona guide and Fodor’s USA guide.
The DEADLY MYSTERY SERIES, a police procedural set in North Carolina in the 1990s featuring Sgt. Steve Thibault has the following titles:
MURDER AT HIGHFIELDS: Berkshires Cozy Mystery #1
The small-town judge is shot dead. Confessions and suspects abound. A bumbling inspector is bungling the case. Barely settled in the small town, a novice sleuth is determined to solve the murder. Who’s next?
Berkshire Mountains, Massachusetts, 1931. Aggie Burnside is ready for her next chapter. But when her New York job falls through unexpectedly, the registered nurse jumps at another opportunity and moves to her best friend’s hometown. Though she’s barely settled into the small community before she’s entangled in the local judge’s shocking murder.
With the dead man’s shooting going unheard in a house full of secrets and suspects, Aggie’s sharp curiosity pulls her deep into a long list of possible motives. But as a clueless inspector bungles the case and false leads muddle the investigation, the novice detective and her bestie sidekick step up to find the culprit before the evidence disappears forever.
Can Aggie get a confession before the killer escapes justice?
Murder at Highfields is the lively first book in the Berkshires Cozy mystery series. If you like good-hearted heroines, delightful doses of humor, and smart surprises, then you’ll love Andrea Kress’s fast-moving whodunit.
THE GIRL ON THE DOORSTEP: Berkshires Cozy Mystery #2
The jazz singer Lulu has plenty of admirers. So, who would want to kill her? Too many suspects, too little time.
Lulu Evans makes quite a splash at the Mountain Aire hotel in 1931 when she fills in for her cousin. Not only is her performance jazzy and sexy, it delights the band director who sees financial success in his future. She also attracts the attention of a vacationing business mogul eager to back her, a Broadway producer looking for a new star, a struggling playwright in search of a muse, and a gaggle of lovestruck teenage boys.
Success breeds jealousy and rivalries and one morning Lulu is found dead on the doorstep of one of her admirers. Nurse Aggie Burnside is called to help the doctor determine the cause of death but she can’t help herself from investigating who could have killed the young girl.
Can Aggie sort through the bogus alibis and motivations and get justice?
The Girl on the Doorstep is the fast-paced second book in the Berkshires Cozy mystery series. If you like good-hearted heroines, delightful doses of humor, and smart surprises, then you’ll love Andrea Kress’s classic whodunit.
CHRISTMAS RECIPE FOR MURDER: Berkshires Cozy Mystery #3
An isolated mansion, an eccentric host, squabbling siblings, and a snowstorm. What could possibly go wrong?
Young nurse Aggie Burnside and her doctor boyfriend are asked for a holiday weekend in a remote mansion in Vermont to calm the nerves of the threatened owner. But their hostess, a wealthy widow and renowned romance writer, has other plans for her guests. With a series of games, she hopes to reveal who is out to kill her, but to everyone’s shock, someone else dies first.
Revel in the atmosphere of a 1931 New England winter, the extravagant house, tales of a Scottish curse, sumptuous meals, and more suspects than you can shake a stick at. Will Aggie’s curiosity catch the killer or put her into more danger?
Christmas Recipe for Murder is the lively third book in the Berkshires Cozy mystery series. If you like good-hearted heroines, delightful doses of humor, and smart surprises, then you’ll love Andrea Kress’s fast-moving whodunit.
MURDER AT THE VALENTINE BALL: Berkshires Cozy Mystery #4
The Valentine Ball, the glittering social event of 1932 Boston. Who would want to spoil a debutante cotillion with a murder?
Nurse Aggie Burnside goes to Boston to assist her cousin Amanda with the final touches on the dazzling debutante presentation to raise funds for a major hospital. But it seems there are new obstacles every day: the budget gets cut, the band quits, the finance manager interferes and the hospital board members argue.
Despite the hurdles, the evening comes together without a hitch. And then someone is murdered, and a large amount of money disappears.
What was the motive—theft, a long simmering resentment, wounded ego, a mother seeking status for her son, a failing marriage, or are local gangsters involved?
Find out in the fourth book of the Berkshires cozy mysteries series, Murder at the Valentine Ball.
APRIL IS MURDER: Berkshires Cozy Mystery #5
Historical Cozy Mystery
Her sweetheart revealed he was once married. Now the other woman has turned up dead. Will her sleuthing show he did the deed?
Massachusetts, 1932. Aggie Burnside just got blindsided. Discovering her boyfriend’s secret ex-wife has completely sent her whole world into a tailspin. Barely grasping the stunning betrayal, she’s aghast when the money-grubbing woman is pushed off the road to her death.
With incriminating scratches on her beau’s car, rumors circulating the dead ex was blackmailing rich women, and odd behaviors surfacing around town, Aggie wonders if a recent job offer in New York is the perfect way out. But until she proves who murdered the greedy victim, she fears she may be the next to kick the bucket…
Can Aggie get to the bottom of the case before the answers send her to an early grave?
April is Murder is the fifth book in the Berkshires Cozy Mystery historical series. If you like clever characters, picturesque settings, and shocking surprises, then you’ll love Andrea Kress’s heart-pounding tale.
Buy April is Murder for a twist of fate today!