Created by Jan Grape
Originally from Houston, private eye JENNY GORDON and her partner and pal C.J. GUNN (also known as “Cinnamon”) are more than just a “coupla good ol’ girls.” They’re also one of the few female duos in the genre in the nineties, appearing in a string of always-entertaining short stories sprinkled throughout various anthologies.
Jenny and C.J. now work the mean streets of Austin, Texas, a move that followed that of their creator. “When I moved to Austin… I just moved Jenny and C.J. to Austin, as well, and nobody ever said a word about it,” confesses author Jan Grape. Jan’s a big P.I. fan, and has served as vice-president of The Private Eye Writers of America, as well as editing that organization’s newsletter, Reflections in a Private Eye for several years. She’s also the co-editor of Deadly Women. And, after slugging it out in the trenches for so long, it’s nice to see her nominated for a Shamus (and an Anthony) for Best Short Story, for 1997’s “A Front Row Seat.”
Jan’s was also the co-proprietor, along with her husband, Elmer, of a mystery bookstore, Mysteries & More, in Austin, Texas. Since selling the store, they’ve been wandering around wherever their muses and RV will take them.
Fans waited impatiently for a long-promised full-length novel, tentatively titled Death Strikes, which had a pro-bowling background, but it never materialized, as far as I know, despite the author’s claims that she wanted to strike while the “Grape name is HOT!”
- “Kiss or Kill” (Detective Story Magazine, #4; editor Gary Lovisi chose it as the cover story)
- “Whatever Has to Be Done” (1992, Deadly Allies)
- “Neutral About Cats” (1992, Cat Crimes III)
- “Scarlett Fever” (1994, Deadly Allies II)
- “No Simple Solution” (1994, Partners in Crime)
- “A One-Day Job” (1996, Lethal Ladies)
- “A Front Row Seat” (1997, Vengeance is Hers)
- “Funny How Deceiving Looks Can Be (1998, Lethal Ladies II)
- “Kittens Take Detection 101” (1998, Midnight Louie’s Book of Pet Detectives)
- Found Dead in Texas (2002) | Buy this book
Eight short stories, including five featuring Jenny & C.J.
- Jan Grape’s Facebook Page
Jan’s on the case. Drop by and say, “Howdy!”
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.