“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ― Anaïs Nin

Welcome to the online home of Rhonda Blackhurst, author of the Melanie Hogan cozy mystery series. Melanie Hogan, salon owner of A Cut Above, leads a mundane and predictable life. When she becomes bored and wishes for some spontaneity in her life, trouble begins to pop up all around her. She soon learns there’s something to be said for predictable.


Coming Soon:

Finding Abby

Finding Abby

Finding Abby, the first in a Romantic Suspense series set in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Stay tuned for the release date and free giveaways!

Praise for Rhonda’s Previous Works…


The Inheritance

“I really enjoyed this book! Rhonda has created some highly relate-able characters and I found it easy to hear the different voices as she switched perspectives. Very worthwhile purchase!”

Michelle Wolff

The Inheritance

“What an awesome book…because it really makes you understand what’s really important in life, the love of family.”

Mark Allen

The Inheritance

“I rarely review a book but this one hit home for me. Each character spoke to me and had a purpose. Thank you Rhonda for writing this book. It is now one of my favorites!”

Michael J. Bloom

The Inheritance

“Loved this book! What a wonderful debut for this newly published author. Can’t wait to see what else she writes.”


Shear Madness

“Great story – Took a twist at the end that I hadn’t anticipated! Rhonda writes in a way that helps the reader visualize the scene – makes it a very fun read and even more suspenseful. I’m ready for the next one in the series!”

Linda K Elliott

Shear Madness

“It was an excellent read, caught your attention at the beginning and held it to the end. Likable characters that are well developed. Rhonda Blackhurst has a way of writing that is very visual.”

Amazon Customer

Shear Madness

“Loved this cozy mystery and can’t wait for the next one in the series. Melanie is a charming character, the dialogue is witty and funny, and the mystery has a twist I didn’t guess.”

Karen C. Whalen

Shear Deception

“Wonderfully written, kept me in suspense!”

Melanie Notsch

Rhonda supports…

Compassion International


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital