And stay tuned for Bonnie's stand-alone sequel, Little Loose Ends: A Psychological Thriller, due out November 2022.

Bonnie Traymore,


Latest Novel:

Killer Motives:

Hudson Valley Mystery (2022)

Writing Journey


What readers are saying about Bonnie Traymore's debut mystery:

 "A page turner," "really a hard book to put down, "kept me on the edge until the last page.


Bonnie Traymore has been reading mystery and thriller novels her entire life, and she has been writing short stories and non-fiction for decades. She's even penned a few novels that she's kept to herself--until now.  A world traveler, she loves to include vivid settings in her novels. Her latest mystery, set in the enchanting Sleepy Hollow region of the Hudson Valley, features a strong but relatable protagonist out to uncover the truth.


She is also an award-winning non-fiction writer, an accomplished historian, and a veteran educator with a doctorate in United States History. She has taught at top independent schools in Honolulu, Silicon Valley, and New York City for over 20 years, and she has taught history courses at Columbia University and the University of Hawaii. Originally from the New York City area, she resides in Honolulu with her husband but frequents the Hudson Valley and New York City areas.


Look for her new book, Little Loose Ends, a stand-alone thriller sequel to Killer Motives, due out in early November. To get updates, sign up for her email list on the contact page.


Killer Motives:

A Hudson Valley Mystery

April 2022

Victoria’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems. But with two homicide detectives on her doorstep, it's about to get a lot worse.

Still reeling from the shocking discovery that her husband is having an affair, Victoria struggles to process the mind-blowing news that Nick’s lover is dead—murdered in cold blood on the very same evening she uncovered the truth.

And now two detectives are on her doorstep, waiting to question both of them. Is she a suspect?

With little hard evidence and no shortage of suspects with ‘killer motives,’ Detectives Jack Stark and Lexi Sanchez are under intense pressure to solve the high-profile murder case that rocks the picturesque village of Tarrytown just as the town is gearing up for the area’s annual Halloween festivities and an influx of tourists.

As Victoria sets out to clear herself and find out the truth, she’s faced with two terrifying possibilities—either her husband is a murderer or someone is out to get them. 
Conflicted and emotionally raw, she sets out to find the truth about what happened that night.

But does she really want to know?

Kirkus Reviews, Recommended Review:


A homicide investigation throws a married couple’s relationship into question in Traymore’s debut mystery. 

In Sleepy Hollow, New York, Victoria and Nick Mancusio are a wealthy couple who’ve been married for 10 years, recently not so happily. The quiet, affluent neighborhood is rocked when newcomer Angie Hansen is found dead in her new home. It’s quickly revealed that Nick was the realtor who sold her the house and that the two were engaged in an affair. Det. Jack Stark and his partner, Det. Lexi Sanchez, begin to gather potential suspects; was the murderer a jilted wife, a possessive lover, a stalker, or someone seeking revenge? Gossip, distrust, and paranoia spread through the town, and Victoria and Nick choose to take matters into their own hands to clear their names, culminating in an emotional finale. 



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