Veterans Day

A Mary Jane Morris Mystery

Veterans Day is a suspenseful, humorous Washington thriller for mystery fans featuring a razor sharp detective Mary Jane Morris and saturated with interesting D.C places and history. With the aid of an eclectic group of allies, including her boyfriend doctor, the head of a shelter for homeless Vets, a reporter for the City Paper, and an Annapolis naval strategist, she follows the trail of her partner’s killer to a conspiracy to bring down the Veterans Administration and in the ensuing chaos steal hundreds of millions. To deal with the stress, Mary Jane kayaks on the Potomac with her dog, tinkers with her antique Land Rover that has surprises under the hood, and savors single malts on the porch of her old riverfront house.

Washington, D.C. May 1, 2017. – Margaret Truman made Washington a world capital for tales of intrigue and murder in her celebrated mysteries set among the rich and powerful. But there’s a trouble-making new detective in town, Mary Jane Morris in J. J. Jorgens’ tense and entertaining new murder mystery Veterans Day.
Mary Jane Morris is a skilled D.C. detective with a hot temper whose investigation of her partner’s apparent draws her into a web of corruption and a sinister plot to rob millions from the Veterans Administration.
Mary Jane’s gritty Washington is wider and more eclectic than Margaret Truman’s. A master of disguise, the detective can blend in among mansions, embassies, and marble halls of power. But she is also at home in Adams Morgan, Little Ethiopia, and Chinatown. She trails suspects to eateries with a past like the Florida Avenue Grill where Martin Luther king ate soul food and planned the 1963 march on Washington, and the Pig’s Foot in Georgetown where a Russian spy escaped his CIA handlers by climbing out of a bathroom window.
She usually hangs out on the front porch of her old riverfront house in Alexandria, or at the funky Belle Haven Marina with “kanoes and cayaks for rent.” Her vehicle of choice isn’t a Mercedes, but a beat up Land Rover with surprises under the hood. Her favorite drink? Single malt. How does she stay in shape? Not a chic health club, but kayaking on the Potomac with her black lab.
The D.C. Police say Mary Jane is trouble because she solves mysteries they can’t, and she doesn’t play by the rules. She is a favorite of reporters because they can always find her in the middle of some sensational case. Her eccentric network of informants and allies include a reporter for The City Paper with a precocious teen-aged son, the head of a shelter for homeless veterans, and an Algonquian Potomac fisherman. Also a Land Rover salesman, a Naval war strategist in Annapolis, and her handsome Uruguayan doctor boyfriend who lives in the Watergate. Her contacts on Embassy Row aren’t just ambassadors and spies, but the waiters, maids, and chauffeurs who know where the bodies are buried.

Near the End:  "Sitting here in the dark waiting for the men who are coming to kill me, I thought I would pass the time by writing my obituary. Mary Jane Morris was thirty-eight years old. Disillusioned with lawyering, she became a private investigator. She was a good friend and a bad enemy, and had a fair amount of courage and some talent in reading people and solving mysteries. She loved her dogs, kayaking, single-malt scotch, her beat up Land Rover and her house by the river filled with old things, and her handsome doctor boyfriend Lorenzo Romolo. She hated people who victimize the vulnerable, and sometimes she went outside of the law to see that they were punished. When last seen Mary Jane was investigating her partner's death and a conspiracy to cheat veterans of their medical care and benefits. I have to stop now because the dog is growling and someone is at the door."

In the second Mary Jane Morris mystery (out in May), Death in Costa Rica, faced with a seemingly unsolvable homicide case, stressed out Mary Jane escapes to her aunt's seaside hotel in Costa Rica hoping for a few weeks of relaxation. But it turns into the vacation from Hell. She is caught up in a spider’s web of counterfeit pre-Columbian art, crooked land deals, and murder, and the spider is out to kill her.


 First Amazon Reviews of Veterans Day ISBN 978-0-9979359-1-2

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5.0 out of 5 stars
By Sondra K. on January 11, 2017
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I think the author must have had a great time writing this Mary Jane Morris novel I'm also thrilled to know more of her adventures will be forthcoming. I loved this strong, savvy, spirited, kick-ass lawyer turned detective protagonist. Her investigation into why veterans are struggling to receive services is timely and eye-opening. The villain is Darth Vadar bad giving this story all the elements needed for a great suspenseful detective read. The story will keep the reader engaged, intrigued, eager to turn the page and awake at night because you just don't want to put the book down.5.0 out of 5 stars
By Zoran Stamenic on February 4, 2017
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Jorgens was draining the Swamp of Washington long before Mr. Trump ever got the notion. Fast-paced, full of memorable characters, brimming
with humor and wit, with an amazing sense of place and times we live in, this book is hard to put down. Go read!5.0 out of 5 stars
By Andres Domeyko on January 2, 2017
This highly entertaining thriller has all the wry humor and suspense of the classic detective novels of yesteryear that we loved and sorely miss. Mr Jorgens has created a new heroine that promises many adventures to come!5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
By E. Alfonso on January 12, 2017
Timely, humorous, fast paced, filled with original and appealing characters. You won't want to put it down!
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About JJ Jorgens

For me it’s always been detectives. Growing up I was dazzled by Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Phillip Marlowe, “The Shadow,” and Miss Marple. Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammet, Simenon, Mickey Spillane, and Earle Stanley Gardner toughened me up and made me less sentimental. Later, unimpressed by Mr. Bond and tastes more refined, I preferred the bitter misanthrope Morse, the depressed Swede Wallander, and the fussy dandy Hercule Poirot.
Then women entered the scene, smarter and more resourceful than the exasperated men around them. Miss Marple has been joined by a whole sisterhood of detectives including Sarah Paretsky’s blunt V.I. Warshovsky, Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect surrounded by sexists on all sides, working class Barbara Havers clashing with the handsome Lord Lynley, and the awkward tough gothic punk, Lisbeth Salander. I particularly like stories with a strong sense of place -- Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti who knows every canal in Venice, and V.I. Warshowski’s muscular Chicago.
Lecturing to students and audiences over the years, I’ve explored the violent people and cruel terrain of detective fiction and films. I suppose Hitchcock’s films could be seen as a series, but there have been many wonderful one-offs like Chinatown and Three Days of the Condor. It was probably inevitable that I would invent a detective some day and write a series of stories about her.

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