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Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego and pseudonym of award-winning author, Dorothy McFalls.

She uses the pen name when writing cozy mysteries, and her real name when writing paranormal and historical romance.

Dorothy holds an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning.

Prior to making a permanent transition to fiction writing, she honed her expertise in various levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal.

In her role as an urban planner, Dorothy found immense pleasure in narrating the stories of the people she encountered, something that ignited a passion for storytelling which blossomed into a force that she could no longer resist.

The author currently resides in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina with her beloved husband and daughter, alongside a cat and several dogs.

More about Dorothy St. James

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery

United States

Pseudonym: Dorothy St. James


Beloved Bookroom Mystery

  1. The Broken Spine (2021)
  2. A Perfect Bind (2022)
  3. A Book Club to Die For (2022)

Raven's Run Romantic Mystery

  1. Ms. Starr's Most Inconvenient Change of Heart (2020)

Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery

  1. Asking for Truffle (2017)
  2. Playing with Bonbon Fire (2018)
  3. In Cold Chocolate (2018)
  4. Bonbon with the Wind (2019)

White House Gardener Mystery

  1. Flowerbed of State (2011)
  2. The Scarlet Pepper (2012)
  3. Oak and Dagger (2013)

Detailed book overview

Beloved Bookroom Mystery

The Broken Spine

Trudell Becket, book-loving librarian, finds herself in a bind when the library where she works is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless library. In a rare move of rebellion, Trudell rescues hundreds of her library's beloved books slated for the recycle center. She sets up a secret book room in the library's basement and opens it to anyone who shares her love of the printed book.

When the town councilman, who was the vocal proponent of the library's transformation into a "futuristic technological center," is crushed under an overturned shelf of DVDs, Trudell becomes the police's prime suspect for his murder. She was the only person in the library at the time of his death, or so the police believe. But that's not true. For the past month, Trudell had been letting a few dozen residents into the building through the basement entrance so they could read and check out the printed books.

But if she tells the police about the backdoor patrons who were in the library at the time of the murder, she'd have to explain about the secret book room and risk losing the books. In order to protect herself from being arrested for a murder she didn't commit, Trudell--with the help of a group of dedicated readers--decides to investigate. She quickly discovers you can't always judge a book by its cover.

Author: Dorothy St. James
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1432889234
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
A Perfect Bind

Tru Beckett succeeded in building a secret book room in her now bookless library, where book lovers from lovely Cypress, South Carolina, can rejoice in the printed word. Now she's working hard to maintain the little library downstairs while keeping her "real job" upstairs in the bookless technology center. The last thing she needs is a mysterious vandal who seems intent on breaking into her secret book-filled sanctuary and creating chaos. The nasty interloper doesn't steal anything, but brutalizes the books, damaging them and knocking them off shelves.

A patron of the secret book room tells Tru that there have been creepy goings-on at the library for years, especially in the basement where the secret book room is located. He's heard rumors of a poltergeist that haunts the library, determined to scare off readers. Tru is certain it's hogwash, but she's at a loss to think of who might be vandalizing the beautiful books she fought so hard to protect. And when a dead body shows up right behind the library, Tru is certain that it's not a ghost but a cold-blooded killer that she and her trusty tabby Dewey Decimal will need to uncover.

Author: Dorothy St. James
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1432894382
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
A Book Club to Die For

The Cypress Arete Society is one of the town’s oldest and most exclusive clubs. When assistant librarian Trudell Becket is invited to speak to the group about the library, its modernization, and her efforts to bring printed books to the reading public, her friend Flossie invites herself along. Flossie has been on the book club’s waiting list for five years, and she’s determined to find out why she’s never received an invitation to join.

But not long after Tru and Flossie arrive for the meeting, they’re shocked to find the club’s president, Rebecca White, dead in the kitchen. Rebecca was a former TV actress and local celebrity, but was not known for being patient or pleasant. She’d been particularly unkind to the book club’s host for the evening, who also happens to be the mother of Detective Jace Bailey, Tru’s boyfriend. And Rebecca had made it clear that she didn’t think Flossie was book club material.

With her boyfriend and one of her best friends wrapped up in a murder, Tru has to work fast to figure out who cut Rebecca’s story short before the killer takes another victim out of circulation....

Author: Dorothy St. James
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 979-8885786805
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print

Raven's Run Romantic Mystery

Ms. Starr's Most Inconvenient Change of Heart

A Perfect Wedding

Samantha Starr is planning the perfect wedding. But there's a hitch. Before the fashion-loving librarian can get married, she needs to divorce her childhood sweetheart, Logan Dalton, a man she had thought dead.

A High-Stakes Mission

Security expert and ex-spy, Logan, is working undercover to stop hackers from using a computer virus from attacking the world's computers. Someone has been undermining his mission every step of the way. He's determined to find out who on the inside is helping the criminals. The last thing he needs is a diversion in the form of his long-ago sweetheart, Sam.

A Deadly Combination

Logan has built a life devoid of personal relationships. He likes it that way. Or does he? Having Samantha stumble into the middle of an important mission gives him a glimpse of the life he could have if he'd let his heart lead the way.

Finding Logan thrusts Samantha into a world of danger and adventure. Can she walk away from the only man she's ever truly loved and get the divorce she seeks? And will they be able to solve the mystery of who is working against them and stop a computer virus in time to save the world and themselves?

Falling in love shouldn't be this hard!

Author: Dorothy St. James
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 979-8621597696
Publisher: Independently published

Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery

Asking for Truffle

When Charity Penn receives a letter saying she won a trip to Camellia Beach, South Carolina complete with free cooking lessons at the town’s seaside chocolate shop, The Chocolate Box, she’s immediately skeptical. She never entered any contest. Her former prep school friend offers to look into the phony prize—only to end up drowned in a vat of chocolate.

Struck with guilt, Penn heads to the southern beach town to investigate why he was killed. But as wary as she is of the locals, she finds herself lured into their eccentric vibe, letting her defenses melt away and even learning the art of crafting delicious chocolates. That is, until delight turns bittersweet as she steps straight into the midst of a deadly plot to destroy the seaside town. Now, only Penn’s quick thinking and a mysterious cask of rare chocolate can save the town she’s learning to love.

Author: Dorothy St. James
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1683314608
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Playing with Bonbon Fire

Chocolate shop owner Charity Penn is finally settling into life in the quirky South Carolina seaside town of Camellia Beach cooking up chocolate treats. She’s even helped organize the town’s lively beach music festival which has brought rollicking crowds eager to dance the Carolina shag. That is, until one of the band’s lead singers is found dead beside a beach bonfire.

While also trying to balance the amorous attention of music star Bixby Lewis, in town for the festival, and her quest to perfect a new hot flavored bonbon, Charity dives into the investigation. Though it’s more spice than sugar when she discovers a threatening note, comes across decades of age-old secrets, and Bixby comes into the line of fire when a gas grill explodes on the deck of a beachfront house.

Now Charity must turn up the heat and catch the killer before her chance melts away.

Author: Dorothy St. James
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1683317302
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
In Cold Chocolate

The vintage seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina seems like the perfect place for romance with its quiet beach and its decadent chocolate shop that serves the world’s richest dark chocolates. The Chocolate Box’s owner, Charity Penn, falls even further under the island’s moonlit spell as she joins Althea Bays and the rest of the turtle watch team to witness a new generation of baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the wide ocean.

Before the babies arrive, gunshots ring out in the night. Cassidy Jones, the local Casanova, is found dead in the sand with his lover Jody Dalton—the same woman who has vowed to destroy the Chocolate Box—holding the gun. It’s an obvious crime of passion, or so everyone believes. 

But when Jody’s young son pleads with Penn to bring his mother back to him, she can’t say no. She dives headfirst into a chocolate swirl of truth and lies, and must pick through an assortment of likely (and sometimes unsavory) suspects before it’s too late for Penn and for those she loves

Author: Dorothy St. James
First Release: 2018
Ebook: B078M3N9TC
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Bonbon with the Wind


There's a legend in the Sea Islands that before a hurricane hits the Gray Lady can be see walking down the beach warning of doom. A powerful hurricane is heading their way. Joe Davies, a local treasure hunter with an unquenchable sweet tooth, claims to have seen the Gray Lady walking toward him just that morning and is terrified for his life.


After the storm passes, Penn and her little dog Stella find Joe Davies' body washed up onshore. Did the Gray Lady claim another victim? Many on the island believe that is exactly what happened.


Penn is sure there's another explanation. She follows the clues and hints of lost gold to discover that the truth behind the treasure hunter's death is as much of a maze as the boating channels winding their way through the local marshes.

Author: Dorothy St. James
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1676276432
Publisher: Independently published

White House Gardener Mystery

Flowerbed of State

Cassandra "Casey" Calhoun's passion for gardening has carried her to President's Park on which sits the White House. But when she finds a dead body in a trash can, Casey has to root out a killer before she ends up planted herself.

Author: Dorothy St. James
First Release: 2011
Ebook: B004Q7DJA6
Publisher: Berkley
The Scarlet Pepper

As the White House's organic gardener, Casey Calhoun is up to her elbows in dirt. But when someone starts tampering with the Presidential vegetable garden, embarrassing the First lady-and a hard-nosed investigative reporter is found dead, Casey realizes that the next thing buried in the dirt might just be her...

Author: Dorothy St. James
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1410451811
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
Oak and Dagger

Missing documents, death threats, mysterious holes in the South Lawn, and now a dead body's been found in the garden! It's up to White House organic gardener Casey Calhoun to uncover the deadly link between the stolen papers, the holes in the lawn, and a rumored 200 year-old treasure...before the killer strikes again!

Author: Dorothy St. James
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1410462411
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing