The Key to Murder: A New Orleans Cozy Mystery (The French Quarter Mysteries) by Jen Pitts

The Key to Murder: A New Orleans Cozy Mystery (The French Quarter Mysteries)
by Jen Pitts

THE KEY TO MURDER is an engaging trip through the French Quarter. Interesting characters, an intriguing diary, and the chance to start again make for a compelling read and a great start to a new series.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

. . . I found the book to be an enjoyable and unique story. The prose was light and easy to read without getting bogged down. The story was interesting, and the concept was fun and unique . . .
~Nellie’s Book Nook

The mystery is a slow burn, beginning with the strange book and key as well as mysterious presents left on Sammy’s doorstep that none of her neighbors take credit for. She gets pulled into the mystery of the diary and the events that follow lead her in an intriguing direction that could shape the whole of the series to come and stretches the boundaries of the new friendships she has made.
~I Read What You Write!

The author has written a fantastic first book in a new series. The descriptions are vivid and I felt like I was in New Orleans with Sammy.
~Sapphyria’s Books

If you like cozy mysteries with some magic thrown in or are a fan of New Orleans, The Key to Murder is for you.
~JoAnne for Novels Alive

About A Key to Murder

The Key to Murder: A New Orleans Cozy Mystery (The French Quarter Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (March 4, 2020)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 282 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8615473838
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B084Z13LG4

Samantha thought following a mysterious diary around the French Quarter of New Orleans would be a harmless way to learn about her new hometown until it became about murder.


As the newest resident of Thibodeaux Mansion, West Coast transplant Samantha is looking forward to starting her thirties in a new place. Drawn to New Orleans for its music, food and history, she’s excited to start her future in this unique city. But Samantha is also hopeful she’ll find her past since she was adopted from Louisiana after being orphaned in a hurricane as a toddler.


An anonymous diary, unusual key, and a distinctive doll are left in her furnished apartment and her mostly friendly neighbors all deny leaving the gifts. Samantha, now Sammy to her new friends, can’t believe any of them could be a liar. When the diary leads her to a dead body, Sammy needs to find out what these clues mean and what the murderer is trying to tell her.


Although her best friends Sissy and Andrew are happy to help her with this mystery, her other friends aren’t sure the murder and diary are about Sammy. Not wanting to lose her newfound friendships and possible love interest, Sammy decides she must uncover the answers on her own.


Sammy moved to New Orleans looking for a new future, but is it her past that found her first?


The Key to Murder is the first book in the The French Quarter Mysteries featuring West Coast transplant Samantha Richardson settling into her new hometown, New Orleans. Her neighborhood is full of music, food and history as well as interesting people. Join Sammy as she explores the Big Easy by solving the mysteries of the past and present in this new modern, cozy mystery series.

About Jen Pitts


Jen Pitts is a lifelong mystery reader who turned her obsession into writing cozy mysteries of her own. When she isn’t plotting fictional murder and mayhem, she’s chugging coffee, traveling, reading, and enjoying life with her children and husband in the Pacific Northwest.

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