Jessica Benoist-Young is a self-published author and freelance ghostwriter. She self-published the mystery comedy novel ‘Strip Search’ in 2015. The novel has found acclaim with readers for its witty characters and page-turning plot.
With her sister, Glee and Supergirl star, Melissa Benoist, Jessica is in the planning and proposal stages of a Young Adult Supernatural Fantasy novel they plan to write together. Jessica has also written over a dozen paranormal romance and fantasy romance novels over the last two years as a ghostwriter.
When not writing, Jessica loves dancing, board games, stand up comedy, and many activities of the outdoorsy variety–gardening, hiking, skiing–and her birdwatching in her backyard led to the creation of the ‘live tweet show’ Real Housebirds of Kansas, a satirical online chronicle of bird feeder drama.
In Kansas, she started and serves as choreographer for a Youth Summer Musical Theater Program through the local Community Arts Council in 2010. The program just performed its ninth show, My Fair Lady, and has performed other Broadway classics, such as Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, and Fiddler on the Roof, in recent years.
She has been married for almost a decade and has two sons. She knows entirely too much about coffee and movies, and would really like to own a pet snake someday.
The Devil’s Triangle
Michaela “Mickey” Martin isn’t thrilled with her life–not one bit. So, when it completely changes for the better in the span of one night, she doesn’t feel like asking too many questions. Turns out, she made an inadvertent verbal contract with the Devil…and he soon collects by placing her on an old cruise ship with a group of other people who have done the same thing.
Standing in the parking lot of a strip club, staring at the dead breasts of a murder victim, all that Detective Russell Sampson could think about was how his cushy detective gig in upper class suburbia was about to turn into real work. In fact, prior to the stripper murder, all he really had to do was help rich housewives find their missing jewelry.
Though his sleuth skills are basically nonexistent, Sampson does manage to find a suspect—the stripper’s boyfriend. Sampson strikes a deal with the suspect’s fiancé, Marion, to help him with his investigation. Not sure if it’s his six-month dry spell talking or the fact that she is funny and gorgeous, but Sampson is immediately drawn to Marion, who could be a suspect herself.
Despite his lingering doubts about her innocence, she becomes both an invaluable resource and a major complication, as Sampson cannot tell anyone at the department about her or she will be arrested, and he will be in big trouble for breaking protocol and screwing up the investigation.
Though in over his head and thoroughly inexperienced, Sampson won’t give up until he solves the most twisted case he has ever investigated.