Sylvia Dickey Smith

51nS1SdzQFL__SL150_I was born feet-first and left-handed and as my mom used to say, I’ve done things backwards ever since.

Orange, Texas is my hometown, although I moved away right after high school and have never lived there again. After setting my Third Eye mystery series in Orange, I fell in love with the area all over again.

The first half of my life I didn’t ask questions, I simply accepted the answers I received from others. Today, answers are unimportant. It’s the questions that thrill me, make me keep exploring. And that exploration leads to more questions. For me, life is not in the answers, but in the questions.

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a war of her own by sylvia dickey smith
A War of Her Own

A War of Her Own is a compelling World War II historical novel, set in Orange, Texas, in 1943, about a Texas version of Rosie the Riveter in search of happiness.

In the summer of 1943, Orange, Texas, is a sleepy little town overrun with tens of thousands of new workers. With jobs galore at the wartime shipyards, the workers are rich with cash and looking for a good time.

Bea Meade, mother of an infant son, finds her life shattered when her philandering husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. To make ends meet, Bea takes a job at a shipyard as a riveter. Meanwhile, she searches for the love missing in her life.

Life is good for everyone in Orange–except Bea, who has to fight her own battles against a no-good husband, the prejudice facing women in the workplace, and the mysteries of her own past.

Bea’s journey to discover who she really is, a vibrant woman of her times, serves up an entertaining story of the World War II homefront you’ll remember long after the final pages.

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Crickhollow Books (September 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781933987118
ISBN-13: 978-1933987118
ASIN: 1933987111
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
AVAILABLE AT HILL COUNTRY BOOKSTORE, GEORGETOWN, OR ANY OTHER BRICK AND MORTAR, OR ONLINE BOOKSTORE.

sassy southern, classy cajun by sylvia dickey smith
Sassy Southern – Classy Cajun

In Sassy Southern – Classy Cajun, Sylvia Dickey Smith, author of the Sidra Smart Mystery Series, shares a mouthwatering assortment of Southern Recipes. The term Sassy Southern – Classy Cajun may sound like an oxymoron to the average person, but in southeast Texas, where southerners and Cajuns all sleep under the same threat of hurricanes and where mosquitoes grow big as dragonflies, good food is the common denominator. Gregarious folks welcome any excuse to get together for fellowship, fun and lively music.

Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: L & L Dreamspell (December 8, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603181741
ISBN-13: 978-1603181747
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
AVAILABLE AT HILL COUNTRY BOOKSTORE, ANY INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE AND ONLINE BOOKSTORE.

Dead Wreckoning by sylvia dickey smith
Dead Wreckoning

Sidra Smart’s search for an elusive schooner stirs up ruthless smugglers and the spirits of Privateer Jean Lafitte and Pirate Queen Mary Anne Radcliff. Newly licensed private investigator Sidra Smart reluctantly takes on the pro-bono case of Boo Murphy, a poor, countrified woman accused of murder. When Boo tells her tale of stumbling on the Hotspur, half-buried in a Texas swamp, everyone is convinced she’s found treasure worth millions. As Sidra searches for both the schooner and evidence to clear her client, she battles an unknown enemy, and soon discovers they know their business much better than she knows hers. After several close calls, not only does Sid question her own abilities, she discovers her trusted mentor George Léger is involved in illegal activities that threatens not only their friendship, but also their lives. Even Slider, her half-paranoid, half Chesapeake Bay retriever battles demons from his past as the investigation takes Sidra back to familiar small town territory. Complicated family histories dating back centuries and feuding family relationships muddy the clues and the truth seems as elusive as the spectral schooner. When all seems lost, eighteenth century spirits of infamous Jean Lafitte and voluptuous, swashbuckling pirate-queen Mary Anne Radcliff show up to offer Sid assistance.

Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: L & L Dreamspell (March 11, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781603181389
ISBN-13: 978-1603181389
ASIN: 1603181385
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
AVAILABLE AT HILL COUNTRY BOOKSTORE, OTHER INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES OR ONLINE BOOKSTORES.

deadly sins, deadly secrets by sylvia dickey smith

Deadly Sins Deadly Secrets

Rookie PI Sidra Smart thinks she knows where she’s headed. She’s divorced her preacher-husband, she’s inherited a private detective business, and she’s solved her first case. But then she moves into a ghost active house and discovers that the past holds the key not only to her future, but to the lives of innocent people trapped in an unholy web of deception that spans decades. This mystery/suspense novel is set in a small Texas town where everyone knows everything about the other-or at least think they do-until the sins of the past catch up with the secrets of the present. Where yesterday’s lighthouses, yellow fever, and Civil War skirmishes play a significant role in uncovering the sins of today. When Sid’s second case requires she clear the name of a dead man, she finds herself confounded by clues that lead nowhere. She battles her own prejudice, a burned-out office, the disappearance of a local preacher’s wife, and a midnight trip through a murky swamp before clues begin to fall in place. Then, with assistance from a seemingly unknown and perhaps ghostly force, Sid learns something about herself-when the cause is right she never retreats. The interaction between Sid and her client, a tobacco-spitting, chair-rocking old codger more interested in the shine on his shoes than the dust on his furniture, once again brings small-town America to life.

Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: L & L Dreamspell (October 18, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603180184
ISBN-13: 978-1603180184
AVAILABLE AT ONLINE AND INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES EVERYWHERE.

Dance on his grave by sylvia dickey smithDance on his Grave

Tom Zlockie, Washington D.C.: This is a fantastically written mystery/suspense novel that demonstrates Ms. Smith’s talent as a storyteller and artist. She manages to intertwine research, reality and fiction into a plot that entertains and makes you think! Watch out for John Grisham!

Sidra Smart, rookie private eye, struggles to survive her own internal conflicts as she plunges into a surreal world of passion and murder. This mystery/suspense novel transports the reader to the exotic land where Texas and Louisiana meet in the middle of alligator-infested swamps, a land once inhabited by cannibalistic Indians, Jim Bowie, and Jean Lafitte, and where, today, Cajuns and cowboys are king and setting itself becomes character. Fifty-year-old Sidra Smart is not your ordinary rookie private eye. A recently divorced preacher’s wife, she knows zip about running the private detective business she’s just inherited from her brother. A lifetime spent up on a pedestal, inside a fishbowl before her husband’s congregation has left Sid ill prepared to face the dark world of criminal investigation. But face it she does when her first client bursts in with vague flashbacks of a grisly thirty-year-old murder committed by the woman’s father. Soon, Sid plunges into a surreal world of danger and intrigue where passion burns as hot as the memories of child abuse, arson and murder. The interaction between Sid, meddlesome Aunt Annie, and Cajun-speaking, rot-gut drinking mentor, George Léger, forms the core of this character-driven novel.

(Publisher L & L Dreamspell)
ISBN: 978-1-60318-006-1
Retail: $16.95
Genre: Mystery/Suspence
AVAILABLE AT BRICK AND MORTOR BOOKSTORES, USUAL ONLINE STORES SUCH AS AMAZON.COM, OR WEBSITE:www.sylviadickeysmith.com

story that must be toldThe Story That Must Be Told:

True Tales of Transformation

     “The Story That Must Be Told” is a collection of short stories dealing with a wide variety of issues. There are numerous stories on the power of forgiveness, taking personal responsibility, dealing with addictions, learning to love one self and understanding our parents. There are also chapters on listening to another culture, and overcoming disability. Depending on your circumstance, you are bound to find one of these 22 stories to apply too your particular life-change event.”(Lori Plach, for Reader Views)

(Publisher Loving Healing Press)
ISBN: 978-1932690385
Retail: $18.95
Genre: Non-fiction
AVAILABLE AT LOVING HEALING PRESS.COM, USUAL ONLINE STORES SUCH AS AMAZON.COM, OR ORDERED THROUGH ANY BOOKSTORE. SYLVIA HAS COPIES FOR SALE. www.sylviadickeysmith.com

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