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Bonnie Traymore,


Latest Novel:

Killer Motives:

Hudson Valley Mystery (2022)

Bonnie Traymore is an accomplished author, historian, educator, editor, and advisor with a doctorate in history.

Writing Journey


Bonnie Traymore has been writing stories since she was a child. Obsessed with books from an early age, she was always a vociferous reader of fiction and non-fiction, with a special affection for mystery novels. As an academic, she has been writing, editing, and researching for decades.


After writing an award-winning thesis for her master's degree in U.S. History, she went on to complete a dissertation for her doctorate in U.S. and World History which has been downloaded over a thousand times in countries around the world and referenced in several scholarly works. Her debut novel, Killer Motives: A Hudson Valley Mystery, is available now, a contemporary mystery with a dash of history set in the historic Hudson River Valley.


In addition to writing, she also runs an educational and career advisory and teaches history. She has taught history courses at top independent schools in Hawaii and Silicon Valley as well as Columbia University and the University of Hawaii. Originally from the New York City area, she and her husband currently reside in Honolulu, Hawaii and have two children. She frequents the New York City and Hudson Valley areas.


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?

From Kirkus Reviews:


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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