Monte spent most of her professional life toiling in the fields of accounting as a Certified Public Accountant. In the meantime, she studied literature, practiced writing, studied creative writing, and continued writing. Eventually, she earned a Ph.D. in English from Arizona State University.
Decades of studying the World War I era and eight winters spent living at the French Riviera led to the story in Monte Carlo Masquerades. Masquerades is her first published novel. A second novel, Abram’s Sons, set in a World War I battlefield, is on the way.
Monte resides permanently in Washington State, where she has lived since 1978.
Monte Carlo Masquerades
“This is an old-fashioned mystery that is chock full of twists, humor, and sophisticated writing. A delightful, well-designed ride for readers who enjoy a long journey down a road filled with intriguing detours.” – Kirkus Review
“As they race to the surprise ending, which alone makes the book worthwhile, readers will find themselves utterly immersed in this entertaining story.” – BlueInk Review
About the Novel: The story is set Monte Carlo in 1914, shortly before the beginning of WWI. Lily Turner is an ambitious American determined to have an unconventional career as a female detective. Paul Newcastle is a mid-level grifter and British ex-pat who is about to age out of the game and needs a big score, soon. Their paths meet when they are conscripted into investigating events surrounding a death at the luxurious Hôtel de Paris. Another murder and the arrival of Paul’s nephew ups the stakes to life-and-death for the two main characters. Much more than a murder mystery, this novel is also a sympathetic examination of the impenetrable mystery that lies at the heart of family relationships.