Please welcome Dorothy Hayes, premiering her second Jerry and Rossi Mystery


Jerry and Rossi are at it again in Broken Window.
They’re married for three months when the story opens and living on Jerry’s farm and animal rescue reserve, Peaceable Kingdom. Jerry is a detective on the Wilton Police Force and Rossi is an investigative reporter in her new job at the The Norwalk Daily News. They met when Rossi covered a police strike, in Murder at the P&Z, the first book in the Carol Rossi Mystery Series.

She was working for the town newspaper, The Wilton Weekly News. At that point, Rossi had lost both parents in a years time, and with them was gone that feeling that she was the most important person in the world to someone, until Jerry came along.

Rossi is a local hero. Her expose’s resulted in ousting some politicians and better environmental protection. She proved time and time again that she was at late night meetings representing the public’s interests. Then when the recently retired town planner’s secretary is found dead on School Road, in Murder at the P&Z, it is Rossi and Jerry who solve that murder, but to everyone in town, it seemed like Rossi did it singlehandedly. The murder case brought the two closer together.

In Broken Window, in August 1984, a Wilton High School graduate goes missing off a number six subway train in New York City, and the parents turn to Rossi and Jerry for help. The city is dangerous, its crime rate at an all time high, it is in a financial crisis, ten thousand fewer cops are on the streets, the NYPD won’t care about a missing Wilton girl, the parents tell Rossi and Jerry.

Rossi is much more on her own walking the city streets looking for clues, and riding the graffiti marred, old and failing subway trains searching for a witness to the girl’s kidnapping. With frequent muggings, and gangs openly roaming the trains wearing their gang colors, the subway trains had become a symbol of the declining city. Life is more complicated, now as well; she’s a 47 year-old newlywed. Both she and Jerry must adjust, but adjustments don’t come easy in the middle of a missing person’s case.

Rossi’s main objective is to find the missing girl before she’s killed; she’s racing against the fatally ticking clock, so everything else is on hold. She can’t do it any other way. Jerry’s objective is to watch over their farm, his job, and keep it all afloat, and he’s not getting much help from Rossi. Will Rossi find her missing girl in time? Will she pay the price of a failed marriage? ~~~

New Release: Broken Window published March 1, by Mainly Murder Press,, Murder at the P&Z, 2013,

Broken Window:
The New York City subway was dangerous, the parents told the three Wilton High School graduates, but the girls weren’t taking no for an answer. Kelly Singleton, soon to be an NYU freshman, and her two friends board the hazardous subway train. Several stops later, her two friends get off, but Kelly is nowhere to be found. It is the torrid August of 1984, and crime is at an all-time high. Kelly’s desperate parents turn to reporter Carol Rossi and police detective Jerry Stevenson to find their missing daughter.

Praise for Broken Window:

“From the first sentence to the last, Dorothy Hayes takes you on a pulse-pounding journey into the heart of darkness … With flowing prose that won’t let go, impeccable research, and characters that breathe life on the page, do not miss Broken Window.”
–Racine Hiet, author, Stanley Park: A Novel; radio host, Party 934;
and publisher/editor, Thrive in Life Magazine

“Hayes captures the danger of New York City in the 1980s and the nightmare of a girl gone missing … This suspenseful story rings so true, I couldn’t put it down.”
–Garry Rodgers, retired homicide detective, forensic coroner and best-selling crime writer

“Wow, another great book! … Hayes continues the fast-moving mystery thriller technique of Murder at the P&Z as we follow Rossi in her search for a missing 18-year-old girl in New York City.”
–Frank Hoffman, Co-founder,

“Over her head, professionally and romantically.” Scratch the surface of a small town planning and zoning department, and you’ll uncover a story. That’s what Carol Rossi counts on in the winter of 1983, and she’s right. A former teacher, age 47 and romantically involved with a much younger police officer, she needs a big story to make a success of her new career as a reporter for a Wilton, Connecticut, weekly newspaper, but murder isn’t what she had in mind. When the victim turns out to be a woman on Rossi’s beat, writing a story no longer seems enough, and she vows to find the killer. Stalked and terrorized, Rossi soon finds herself in over her head, professionally and romantically. Published by Mainly Murder Press: February 17, 2013

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Dorothy Hayes, a staff writer for local Connecticut newspapers for five years, received and honorary award for her in-depth series on Vietnam Veterans from the Society of Professional Journalists. Prior to that she was a Language Arts teacher. A staff writer for a national animal protection organization, for six years, she wrote Animal Instinct, 2006. Dorothy lives in Stamford, CT with her husband, Arthur. She also raised four children, and is the mother-in-law to three, grandmother to fourteen, and is GN to Bella. She writes for WomenofMystery.Net, CriminalElement.Com, and is a member of Sisters-in-Crime-Tri-State Chapter, and Mystery Writers of American. Visit her at for more information.