Alice Ott and her crime-fighting crew are a three-generational group of amateur crime-busters, committed to challenging injustice without losing their sense of humor. They take on current dangers from bioterrorism to ecological threats. Alice and her wily friends find safety for a teenager unsafe in his home, join the invincible Raging Grannies to stop a […]
COMING OCT. 1, 2021!
DANGER WITHIN is the fifth Alice Ott Mystery that takes Alice and the crime-fighting crew into the challenges of COVID-19 as they work to expose corruption in a large health care corporation that is affecting the nursing home staff and their elderly patients. Every step of the way they face lethal resistance as they get closer to uncovering corporate crime.
Dusty will read from her latest book, DANGER WITHIN, for the 7th Annual Author Showcase, presented by Straw Dog Writers Guild of Western Massachusetts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, via Zoom.
Registration for the Zoom link is required. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
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Alice Ott mystery author brings Raging Granny sleuth out of retirement
Popular author, Dusty J. Miller, has decided that a worldwide pandemic and the current movement to end racial injustice was no time for her feisty Raging Granny sleuth, Alice Ott, to go into retirement.
Miller is a Florida resident who also lives part-time in Massachusetts. She has written four books in the Alice Ott mystery series, beginning in 2012 with Danger in the Air, followed in 2014 with Danger at the Gates, 2017 Danger Under Ground and 2019 Danger in the House, which earned a four-star rating from bookclubonline.com – the club’s highest ranking. Danger in the House also received a very positive review from Publisher’s Weekly in January 2020.
Alice Ott is an elderly sleuth who grew out of Miller’s real-life friendships with social justice activist Frances Crowe and her favorite troublemakers, the Raging Grannies. Crowe, now deceased, lives on in Miller’s Alice Ott character.
“As I first began to create Alice Ott, I felt like I really knew her,” Miller said. “It was my good fortune to have superb role models for this feisty elder.”
Alice Ott Mystery Series
The Alice Ott mystery series was transformed into Reader’s Theater productions, gaining fans up and down the East Coast of the United States. But when Crowe passed in August 2019 at the age of 100, Miller announced the fourth Alice Ott book would end the series. She believed the character had run her course. Miller began developing another mystery novel that was to take place in Florida. But Alice Ott’s fans wanted more, and Dusty realized that current events dictated the series must go on.
The series began catching on among Raging Grannies gaggles in the U.S. and Canada, and then COVID-19 erupted around the globe in early 2020, causing Miller to rethink her strategy.
“Also,” she says, “I can hold Frances Crowe and other friends close to my heart by continuing to write stories about Alice Ott! Truth be told, I realized I would miss Alice too much if I ended the mystery series.”
So, Miller is hard at work on the fifth Alice Ott book. “And we’re on the riskiest adventure yet,” she teases.
Miller has published five nonfiction books generated by her work as a trauma and addiction specialist. Best seller, Women Who Hurt Themselves, launched her writing career in mainstream publishing. Although she is grateful for the success of her nonfiction books, Miller’s passion is in mystery writing.
Miller expects to publish her fifth book in the Alice Ott series in 2021. Watch her website for announcements.
What Readers Are Saying
Vicki Ryder says:
Granny Dusty Miller, who rages with both the Western Massachusetts and the Central Florida gaggles of Raging Grannies, has created a delightful series of mysteries with a Raging Granny as the main sleuth. Her character, named Alice Ott, is based on a real Granny who gets involved in solving mysteries with socio-political themes like bioweapons (Danger in the Air), nuclear power (Danger at the Gates), fracked gas pipelines (Danger Under Ground), racial profiling, unsafe LGBT teens and sanctuary for undocumented immigrants,(Danger In the House).
I know it can be hard to make time for reading when there's so much going on in the world that demands our attention, but I'm afraid we can burn ourselves out if we don't take some time for ourselves, too, so escaping into a good mystery could be just the thing. And with a Raging Granny at the center of each plot... well, what could be better than that?"
Paki Wieland, Western Mass. Gaggle and CODEPINK volunteer:
Alice Ott continues to inspire me and Raging Grannies everywhere! Her life is a model for the ever increasing number of aging women who want to engage despite physical limitations. Her clever insights and community can give us courage in these challenging times!
I am so happy she continues to expose injustice with her quiet wisdom and a cadre of nonviolent activists!"