Dorothy Howell, Mystery Author
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About Dorothy

Dorothy Howell is the author of 35 novels. She’s written for three major New York publishing houses. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, with sales approaching 4 million copies worldwide.

Dorothy currently writes for two publishing houses, in two genres, under two names.

HANDBAGS AND HOMICIDE launched her hardcover mystery series from Kensington Publishing. Six more novels have followed, along with two novellas.  The Haley Randolph series has sold in the U.K., France, Thailand, and Poland, and is available in Large Print and e-book editions.

FATAL DEBT, Dorothy’s first stand-alone mystery which introduces amateur sleuth Dana Mackenzie, is also available.

Dorothy also writes historical romance novels under the pen name Judith Stacy. Her titles include Harlequin Historical’s Top Seller of the Year, a No.1 on the Barnes & Noble historical list, and a RITA Award Finalist. Her books are available in paperback, Large Print, and e-book formats.  More information is available at

Dorothy got the idea for the Haley Randolph mystery series set in the world of retail when her daughter, a college student, took a part-time job in a department store. After hearing the stories about problems with management, customers, and co-workers, Dorothy was reminded of how brutal a retail job can be. So brutal, in fact, that she decided, “This would make a great book!”

After getting the inside story from her daughter, and a tour of the store’s stock room, the character of Haley Randolph was born. She’s edgy, sassy, and like many of us, she just can’t seem to catch a break.

The “handbag” aspect of the mystery series comes from Dorothy’s passion for designer purses. Her heart actually beats faster in the presence of beautiful purses, and once, she almost licked the display window at a Louis Vuitton store.

Dorothy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Romance Writers of America. She’s a requested speaker at writing, civic, and women’s organizations, and has appeared on television and radio promoting her work.

Dorothy lives in Southern California. She’s eternally grateful for the love and support of family and friends, her hard working agent and publisher, and her extreme good fortune.


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