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The Widows

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Welcome to the official website for author Jess Montgomery, who writes gripping historical mysteries featuring strong female leads and compelling themes just as relevant today.

The Widows

Book One of the Kinship series

Now Available!

Set in 1920s’ Ohio against the backdrop of coal mining, prohibition and women’s rights, The Widows is about two women whose lives collide when the man they both love is murdered. Inspired by the true stories of two historical figures.

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Cool news: The Widows was on the Goodreads List for most anticipated thrillers of 2019!

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About Jess

Jess writes the Kinship series set in 1920s’ Appalachian Ohio. She has won awards for her writing from the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District (Ohio) and the Ohio Arts Council. Jess also directs a writers’ workshop, teaches creative writing, and speaks frequently at writers’ workshops and conferences. To get to know Jess a bit better, read her letter to readers or her official bio.

A few Jess facts:

  • Enjoys hiking; has absolutely no sense of direction.
  • Finds bats adorable; is terrified of mice.
  • Loves tacos; allergic to avocados and thus guacamole.
  • Is not in the least afraid of public speaking; terrified of (besides mice) rip tides, swinging bridges, and open-air heights in general.
  • Favorite beverages: coffee, sweet tea, and occasionally whiskey on the rocks or an Old Fashioned
  • Once flew a plane without any formal training.
  • Makes pies for family and friends.
Author Jess Montgomery

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News

New!The Widows was selected as part of Minotaur's Signature Edition trade paperback program, and will be released in trade paperback, with a new introductory essay, on January 7, 2020.

New!The Hollows will release in hardcover, ebook and audiobook on January 14, 2020.

February 2019—Interview: Mystery Scene Interview with Robin Agnew

January 2019—Interview: Behind the book essay, in BookPage

January 2019—Post: Jungle Reds Blog

January 2019The Widows is now available!

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