Until she can figure out what to do next, JT Twissel’s books are no longer for sale.
Genre/Keywords: Fiction, Reluctant Sleuth, Humor
Release date: October 2013
Former psychoanalyst Fiona Butters is sent to a notorious girls’ reformatory in the middle of the Nevada desert by “Mr. Las Vegas”–her powerful and persuasive boss–to check on his daughter’s welfare after the inexplicable disappearance of a counselor. Once there the reluctant Butters is thrust into the unintended role of private investigator in a search for answers to questions she doesn’t yet know to ask. A junk food junkie with a knack for rubbing people the wrong way, Butters encounters evasion by the reformatory Head Mistress, roadblocks by the authorities, and a “handler” compliments of Mr. Las Vegas–a surly alcoholic who would rather spend his time in the local bars. It isn’t until Butters forms an unlikely alliance with a button-down professor and an eccentric WWII veteran with a penchant for alliteration and sexual innuendo that she begins to learn the secrets of the desert.
An intriguing adventure with lots of plot twists, Flipka will entertain and engage with the irreverent and quirky, as well as raise provocative and timeless questions of what government doesn’t tell…and why.
Praise for Flipka
“Funny, suspenseful, entertaining, erudite (Lamarck!), this book showed me a good time. JT Twissel owns Nevada like Fellini owns Rome.”
“A swell introduction to a new — female — detective series (I hope). Twissel’s Nevada brings Hiaasen’s South Florida to mind, in all the best ways… “
Title The Graduation Present
Genre/Keywords: Fiction, Coming of Age, Humor, Travel
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Release date: June 2014
A hapless, hopeless, romantic girl called Riley O’Tannen heads for Europe to get a taste of the old world and instead encounters her drunken uncle who keeps a mistress, her randy aunt who keeps a gigolo and a dead CIA man whose boss is a raving homosexual. Never in her wildest dreams did she think she’d be interrogated by the Swiss police, fend off gypsies in the Paris metro, or unwittingly gush over Nazi memorabilia. Last but not least, she certainly doesn’t expect to fall in love.
“Following her hilarious novel FLIPKA, J.T. Twissel brings us another unlikely heroine – an anti-war hippy waif on her first trip to Europe to visit her raunchy (but humorous and harmless) uncle who is an army accountant or very possibly a CIA Spy.”
Title: Willful Avoidance
Genre/Keywords: Women’s Contemporary Fiction, Legal Thriller, Dark humor
Length: 212 pages
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Release date: June 2015
Willful Avoidance is the story of a woman who from the outside has it all – a successful husband, a home in a desirable neighborhood, and two healthy children. But it’s all smoke and mirrors. When the curtain falls, she is left with a conniving ex, a string of temp jobs from hell, and a tax debt she couldn’t pay off in a million years. Enter a no-nonsense tax attorney who’d rather be rescuing horses. Sparks fly between the two from the beginning. Fourteen years of tax cases has left him with a hard and cynical shell while she is ready to do battle, confident that they will win. The title is from a section of the tax code designed to provide relief for women who were duped and mislead by an ex-spouse. Although it sounds like a grim read, there are many laugh out loud moments.
Praise for Willful Avoidance:
“I truly enjoyed reading “Willful Avoidance”. Knowing it was written from a true experience, I was amazed at the length of time and diligence needed to prove one’s innocence. I loved JT Twissel’s sense of humor and experienced several ‘laugh out loud’ moments throughout the book. Good read!”
Coming in 2016: Flipka 2, Return to Echoing Waters
Fi Butters returns to Vegas to collect her things after a year in exile and finds herself quickly embroiled in another mystery, this one involving her lover.