Meet Kay Kendall, Author of “Desolation Row” and “Rainy Day Women”

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This is a picture of author Kay Kendall where a friend has remarked she looks like Nancy Drew. Kay Kendall is the author of “Desolation Row” and ” Rainy Day Women”, both intriguing mysteries.


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Kay Kendall writes atmospheric mysteries that capture the spirit and turbulence of the sixties. A reformed PR executive who won international awards for her projects, Kay lives in Texas with her Canadian husband, three house rabbits, and spaniel Wills. Terribly allergic to her bunnies, she loves them anyway! Her book titles show she’s a Bob Dylan buff too.

RAINY DAY WOMEN (2015) won two awards at Killer Nashville 2016 — for best mystery and best book. It is the second in her Austin Starr Mystery series and is available in E-book, trade paperback, and audio-book.

DESOLATION ROW (2013), first in the series, was a finalist for best mystery at Killer Nashville in 2014.

Kay says, “In my mystery series featuring Austin Starr, amateur sleuth, I explore what life was like for a typical young woman–not a headline maker, not a Hanoi Jane or Angela Davis, but a moderate who nonetheless got swept up by history’s tides during the turbulent sixties. All that turmoil lends itself to drama, intrigue, and murder.”

Stairway Press published Kendall’s mysteries, DESOLATION ROW. in 2013, as well as RAINY DAY WOMEN. A short story “Strangers on a Plane” launched in January 2015, on Kindle. It is part of a collection of 13 Kindle stories called THE PROMETHEAN SAGA.

Kay is a national board member of Mystery Writers of America and serves as president of its Southwest Chapter. Also a member of International Thriller Writers, she is a contributing editor to its online monthly magazine, THE BIG THRILL. Other organizations she belongs to include Crime Writers of Canada, Writers League of Texas, Houston Writers Guild, and the Texas Association of Authors. She earned degrees in Russian history and studied the Russian language in the Soviet Union, which accounts for her being a student of the Cold War and aficionado of Russian culture.

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