Welcome to Beyond, where the gravestones have no birth dates, and the residents are dying…

Looking For Ona introduces Paula Vega, whose plan for surviving Atlanta’s brutal summer is to complete her latest steamy romance novel, send it to her editor, and camp out by the pool. Then her best friend, comic strip illustrator Ben Faraday, shows her a cryptic video staring his mother, who happens to be Paula’s editor, and pool lounging is off the table.

Instead, Paula and Ben drive to the North Carolina Mountains searching for a town on Lake Tuckahee where—after seventy years of being underwater—a mysterious island is rising, and the truth about a relative who died from not-so-natural causes. But before Paula and Ben can uncover the truth, they find that asking questions can be a dangerous pastime

Looking For Ona, a brand new mystery series, is available now from Amazon and many fine local independent book retailers. You can also follow Morgan James on GoodReads.




Looking For Ona (2019)

Looking For Ona

New Mystery Series!

Sing Me an Old Song (2013)


A tale of last chances and
taking risks.

The Promise McNeal Mystery Series

Quiet the Dead (2011)


Book One

Quiet Killing (2012)


Book Two

Quiet Hearts (2014)


Book Three

Quiet Road to Murder (2016)


Book Four

Quiet Evil (2017)

Book Five

Quiet Fury (2018)

Book Six


Ask the Author

Characters who show up in my mind and insist on telling their story seem to be the seeds for my books. In this case, I was visiting Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island, Georgia. We were walking around the du Bignon Cemetery when a Chinese lady holding a cane with a dog's head carved on it stepped out of the shadows—or she stepped into my mind, depending on your view of how the universe works. She said, ”You think everybody on this beautiful island had good times? Ha. You listen to what I tell you.“ I listened to her story and Betty Wu became the pivot for Quiet Hearts, the third Promise McNeal Mystery.

  • “What an great mystery with most interesting characters. The descriptions of the land, the people, the history of the areas made for more than just a mystery. I wanted to be there, and get to know these people. The story is full of intrigue and keeps you wanting to turn the next page. Morgan James' books just keep getting better!”

    Poppy / Amazon

  • “WOW! Another great read by Morgan. Love the setting, the story and all the characters. You must read this book. Looking forward to the next Promise McNeal Mystery.”

    Susan / Amazon

  • “Another really good mystery in the Promise McNeal series. Morgan James, once again, does not disappoint with this tale slung between the outer Jekyll and St. Simon islands of Georgia and the mountains of North Carolina.”

    quaintreader / Amazon Kindle Edition

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