Letty Whittaker 12-Step Mysteries

One day, many long years ago, a What If idea popped into my head. Now, What If ideas happen a lot to writers, but up until that moment I had only satisfied my mystery craving with reading. And then the What If happened.

As What Ifs go, it seemed pretty harmless. At first. It went like this, “What if a woman in A.A. was murdered and someone found her Fifth Step?” In A.A., the Fifth Step is a list where the alcoholic writes down all of the people they carry a resentment toward or whomever they might have hurt during their drinking years. ย Basically, it’s a list with a lot of pissed off people on it.

And wouldn’t that make a great suspect list?

What Ifs hurt. They itch, too. What Ifs are relentless in their urge to be written down. I couldn’t satisfy that What If craving by reading anybody else’s book. Believe me, I tried. No. It was obvious.

I had to write my book.

And so, what is now the third book in the LW12S series–The Secrets We Keep–was born. I won’t get into why it ended up the third in the series; that’s a whole ‘nother story. But that first one (now the third) led to my writing the rest.

The series features Letty Whittaker, a psychotherapist who is also a recovering alcoholic and a bit of a smart ass. I hope you love her as much as I do.

And in the meantime, happy reading.

87 thoughts on “Letty Whittaker 12-Step Mysteries

  1. I just finished reading The Enemy We Know. I was surprised by the clear-eyed look at AA meetings. It was a good balance between a goody two shoes look at the meetings and a cynical nothing works view. But, the very best was the mystery. I have to admit that I had suspicions but was led astray by the clever sprinkling of red herrings. Thanks for such a good read!

    1. So glad you found the AA portion to be realistic. I love to focus on the human element when I write; the variabilities are endless. And thank you for taking the time to let me know that you enjoyed Enemy. I love hearing from readers!

  2. Good Afternoon just finished reading and reviewing “The Enemy we Know. ” Would like to know if you are going to include the rest of the series on Barnes and Noble NOOK? Thank you really enjoyed the mystery you took me on with book 1, would like to see where Letty will lead next.

    1. Thank you so much, Tarsha! BTW-I love your name. I might steal it for a character some day. ๐Ÿ™‚ As far as putting the rest of the series on Nook, I hope to some day but probably not in the very near future. Right now, the series is in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program and earning more than if I “went wide” with distribution. In time, I hope to have enough in my Scrying series to keep them in KU, and put Letty in the other stores. I don’t like all of my eggs in one basket, but I have to juggle business decisions with all of the rest. Amazon does have free Kindle apps that are available for phones and tablets, so I’m hoping readers can use those to access my books. I’m sorry for the inconvenience, though. Best wishes, Donna

  3. I just read the first four books in the Letty Whittaker series in the last 5 days and I’m totally addicted! When does the 5th book become available? Or if it already has I can’t find it!

    1. Oh my gosh! You’re a binge reader! I don’t think they have 12 Steps for that. (Thank goodness.) I’m working on book 5, The Lies We Tell, and hoping for a late fall/early winter publishing date. Have you tried the new series yet? A Scrying Shame might tide you over. ๐Ÿ™‚ Donna

  4. you like an amount of realism in a story like aa makes it more interesting and grabs the readers attention and some of the readers in some way might adentify with the character.

  5. I have often thought of the “What Ifs” in life! I would not be a very good writer, but would love to read all about it! The Fifth Step sounds like a great way to lead off a story. I haven’t been in A.A., but definitely know about the steps you must take!!!

  6. you are a new author to me and am adding your books to my tbr book pile.
    They sure look anticing and exciting.
    The best of luck for the rest

  7. I like so much the way you described your idea, from the first and propelling forward “and if” to the ways and consequences, I’m looking forward to reading it! Thank you!

  8. Your covers caught my attention first but after reading the behind the scene story of your series. I am even more intrigued!


  9. I really like the covers of your books and once I started reading about them I definitely became intrigued! Adding them to my TBR and loving the fact that they are in the KU program!

    1. Hi Michelle, Someday I’d like to write romance and I have an idea for a historical novel about Land Girls from WWI that is a neat concept. Ideas are never the problem, though; finding the time to write them is! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Both my friend and I am “binge” readers, we love to spend the entire day reading as many books as possible. Looking forward to finding your books, mysteries are one of our favorites.

  11. I loved The Enemy We Know! I really enjoy when books have some realism in them. Makes it so much more relatable to me. That’s not to say I don’t like books that are so far from reality either. I love all kinds of stories. But I can really appreciate an author that does their homework.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *