In only a few years, Chris Birdy has written a trio of acclaimed novels called the Pajamas Trio. All three books are murder mysteries, tightly-written, and feature characters you’ll never forget!!! Here’s her bio from Amazon ~~~~~
For almost twenty-five years, I did investigative work for small law firms conducting business in rough housing projects and crack house neighborhoods. I met with clients in every jail in the area even the now defunct Charles Street Jail and Deer Island House of Corrections. On good days, I got to take the .25 caliber handgun out of my pocket and the 9mm out of my purse and go to court. Then the real show began!
Several years ago, while sitting in a courtroom with a client, I watched as a police officer was lambasted by an attorney. The attorney was defending a young woman who crashed her car into two other vehicles before she passed out drunk behind the wheel. The occupants of the other cars were seriously hurt and the cop, a former EMT, tried to assist the injured while waiting for ambulances to arrive. The attorney questioned the cop’s every move, shredded his testimony and made him seem inept.
Embarrassed, the cop returned to his seat beside me and muttered, “Everybody lies. The judges lie, the lawyers lie, the witnesses lie..” I wanted to tell him not to worry that in about five years he’d be just as good a liar as they were.
The seeds for The Girl in White Pajamas (the first book in the series) were planted in that courtroom.
Chris’ upcoming Facebook event — The Danger-Filled Pajama Party happens on February 26th. Follow the link below and plan to have some dangerous fun there!!
Now, Check out my Interview with this Talented author ~~~~
How long have you been writing, and what was your impetus to do so?
Chris — I’ve always written in one form or another. Easily bored, I drew pictures or wrote letters to imaginary friends when I was a child.
What are you working on presently?
Chris — The Shameless Bastard has just started in the editing stage. It’s a suspense story that starts in Iran in 1969 and follows the principals to the present day. As the story progresses, the violence increases. It will take months before it’s ready for prime time. I’m writing the follow-up book to that one and a non-fiction book.
What Literary genre would you have a difficult time writing in and why?
Chris — I don’t believe I could write “meaningful literature.” When I read, I want to be entertained. When I write, I want to be entertaining. As an avid reader I can attest to the fact that most of the literature I read was flat and the only meaning it held was one inserted into the story by the reader.
Have you ever had a reason to think on committing the ‘perfect’ murder?
Chris — I couldn’t commit the perfect crime but would attempt to write about it. To do such a thing would take a great deal of planning and plotting. If I hated someone so much that murder was an option, I’d probably shoot them and take my chances with a good lawyer. I’m impulsive.
With the exception of Bogie and Amanda from your awesome murder/mystery series, what secondary character is your favorite and why?
Chris — I have a character named Coco Chanel. She’s a transgender investigator and a fun person. Her fashion sense is awesome. Coco is an ex-Marine sniper who works for R&B Investigations. Her role increases in each book.
What do you value the most from your fans and readers?
Chris — I value the fans and readers who like my work so much they tell others to read my books. In the end that’s what it’s all about.
What do you like the most about writing a novel — the thought processes involved in beginning it, typing ‘The End’ on the manuscript, or the journey itself?
Chris — I enjoy the thought process the most. Since I live in my own head, it’s easy for me to imagine my characters in various situations. Whenever I type “The End” I cry. I feel like my friends are going away and leaving me behind. There must be mental institutions filled with like-minded people.
If someone gave you $50,000 to never read or write books again, would you do it?
Chris — $50,000 would hardly compensate me for my life. Reading and writing are my life, my raison de vivre. Reading is my entertainment and writing is the way I express myself. I couldn’t live without them so any amount of money would be meaningless.
Now, Let’s Check Out Her Three Novels ~~~~~~
SYNOPSIS — Bogie McGruder returns to Boston after his brother, a cop, is gunned down on the street. Since the Boston police are investigating the death of one of their own, Bogie believes his trip will be a short condolence visit and a chance to meet his secret love child.
Although Bogie wants to contact his ex-lover, Bailey Hampfield, he’s reluctant to do so since Bailey dumped him four years earlier. Knowing that Bailey had his child after she cut him loose, Bogie thinks it’s time to establish a relationship with the three year old daughter he’s never met. While he considers his options, Bailey gets in touch with him and asks for protection. Someone is trying to kill her.
Bogie doesn’t want to get involved in the BPD investigation into his brother’s death, but he continues to be drawn into it while trying to discover who is attempting to kill Bailey Hampfield. The investigations seem to parallel each other, then intersect and become intertwined. As the story develops, Isabella, a precocious child obsessed with martial arts, slowly becomes the focus.
The underlying theme of this fast-paced mystery is lies. Everyone seems to be running on lies and half truths. The only true character is The Girl in White Pajamas.
REVIEW —Murder, Deceit, and a Red-Headed Stepchild of Sorts. on May 16, 2014 Format: Kindle Edition
A Review of Chris Birdy’s – The Girl in White Pajamas.
When PI Bogie McGruder finds out his cop brother has been killed in the streets of Boston, he returns to the city he exiled himself from to privately investigate the crime. He also seizes the opportunity to connect with his 3-yr-old love child Isabella for the first time since learning of her birth.
The novel moves at a brisk pace, filled with seedy characters, diabolical villains, and not so friendly friends. Scenes of family dysfunction, dark secrets, and bitter revelations come to the forefront as this murder mystery reaches its compelling ending.
While it does have its flaws, The Girl in White Pajamas has its merits too. It’s a stylish, totally realistic novel that’s well worth your time and money. I give it Five Stars.
THE GIRL IN BLACK PAJAMAS (BOOK TWO)
SYNOPSIS — R&B Investigations is under attack. Their employee is shot in the back as he enters the building, and a hacker is trying to compromise their secure network. While the Boston police investigate the shooting, Bogie McGruder needs to find the culprit who is trying to put them out of business.
Bogie and his partner Rose Jones can’t disclose their internet problems to the cops since Bogie is a hacker himself.
Bogie McGruder returns to Boston with his four- year-old daughter Isabella. He joins up with Rose Jones’ uncle Walter who is fresh for Lompoc Prison. Bogie and Walter strengthen their firewalls while they try to determine who is behind the invasion. As the R&B team hones in on the culprit, they uncover several murders and discover a plot to wipe out the financial institutions in Boston.
While Bogie is in Boston, his extended family in Palm Beach becomes enmeshed in a sex scandal that threatens to ruin lives and careers in the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.
Feeling like a wishbone about to snap, Bogie tries to handle problems in both cities while Isabella continues her quest for someone to teach her the Five-Point-Palm-Exploding-Heart technique as seen in Kill Bill Volume 2.
This tale of murder, revenge and greed takes the reader on a whirlwind trip from Boston to Palm Beach and back. Buckle your seat belt!
The Girl in White Pajamas was an absolutely amazing book. I just knew that I would love the second installment in the series and I was right. The second book could be read alone if you chose to read it if you already have it, but I would recommend picking up The Girl in White Pajamas first. Characters are easier to put together if you have read the first book and you won’t have to think so hard about what’s going on in the story line. The book starts off a little off because there is so much background to go over and get into your head about the characters, but once that is finished the book flies!
I honestly love reading mysteries, but I will be honest that I don’t like writing the review because I feel like I am going to give something away that someone might not want to know. I don’t want to give a synopsis of what happened in the book. I just want to simply state that there are lots of situations that the characters get themselves into that will keep you on your toes. There is all sorts of scandal and I love it! Isabella is snappy and sassy. She has to be my favorite character and the mysteries will keep you super engaged. This series did not let me down! I am crossing my fingers that there is a third book because I want it NOW.
happened. He’s sure his sister isn’t guilty of murder. Throw in the antics of his highly unique and intelligent daughter, Isabella, and you have one very intriguing read.
just a great read with great characters. I recommend The Girl in Red Pajamas, and I am so looking forward to seeing what author Chris Birdy has in store for her readers next!