Bride of the Living Dead
The Falstaff Vampire Files
& the Josephine Fuller
Larger Than Death
& A Ton of
The Josephine Fuller mystery series is being reprinted (and published in ebook format)
by Pearlsong Press. The series was originally published in paperback by St Martin's Press. The
first novel in the series, Larger Than Death, was originally published in hardcover
by Orloff Press.
Click here to
listen to or download a 44-minute
Pearlsong Conversation with author Lynne Murray
in which she talks about her books, writing—and
life-sized fiction, and the role of fat-positive novels
in empowering women (June 6, 2010).
Lynne Murray talks about The Falstaff Vampire
& other works (October 16, 2011 Pearlsong Conversation)
Praise for The Falstaff Vampire Files
| Praise for Bride of the Living Dead | Praise for
Lynne Murray & the Josephine Fuller mystery series
Lynne Murray's website |
Lynne Murray's author
page | About Bride of the
Living Dead | Author's blog for Bride of the Living
Dead | Read an excerpt of
BOTLD | BOTLD Media Kit
(PDF) | About The Falstaff Vampire
About Larger Than
Death | About Large
Target | About At Large |
About A Ton of Trouble
Lynne Murray is the author of the award-winning Josephine Fuller,
sleuth of size, mystery series. Her humorous essays, interviews and reviews
have appeared in magazines and newspapers. She lives in San
"I knew I wanted to write a novel featuring a fat heroine with a take-no-prisoners attitude
when the book hit the wall. I threw the novel I was reading when I reached a page where the book's heroine
sneers at a fat character. It was one fat joke too many. I had to do something.
"I wasn't sure how to create a fat fictional character who refused to be ignored or
disrespected. It turned out that what I had to do was to become a self-accepting woman of size in the process
of writing about one.
"Larger Than Death, the first book in the mystery series featuring
Josephine Fuller, a sleuth of size who doesn't apologize, won the
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) Distinguished Achievement
"In Bride of the Living Dead (Pearlsong Press, June 2010), I set
out to write a romantic comedy about love and marriage. I conjured up a rebellious, plus-sized heroine whose
idea of dressing up is wearing a monster movie T-shirt and jeans to go to the movies. Yet Bride of
the Living Dead finds our heroine trapped into a formal wedding with her anorexic,
perfectionist older sister planning the whole thing.
"My humorous short pieces have appeared in magazines and newspapers. Many of these articles,
including the most fun one of all — an interview of Darlene Cates, star of What's
Eating Gilbert Grape? — are available on my website at www.lmurray.com.
"I came to San Francisco to go to SF State University.
I received a B.A. in psychology, but also got captivated by the City
and ended up staying. It was great fun using the San Francisco Bay Area as the perfect
setting for a romantic comedy in Bride of the Living Dead. [The Bay Area is also the
setting for The Falstaff Vampire Files.]
"I share an apartment with a small group of extremely mellow cats, who are all either rescued
or formerly feral."
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PRAISE for The
Falstaff Vampire Files
"Can you really take Shakespeare and Stoker and
create something original? This book does! Although novices to the vampire and vampiric parody fields will find
the work a laugh-a-minute, people who have some familiarity with Dracula and works of Shakespeare will find
this even more wonderful. Written in Dracula's journal style, but updated, the work name-drops like no one's
business, is clever and punny, as well as extremely aware of the meta nature of vampiric literature. In addition,
it adds new elements to the vampire mythos.
"'Bring us your tired, your poor, your correctly bitten humans...'
"It isn't often that popular fiction can be favorably compared with works of great literature, but Lynne Murray has
created one that will be. But The Falstaff Vampire Files is far more than just a clever tale. In
these pages, Shakespearean strands wind threads that taste like Stoker, then twist 'round bright strings of tragic
betrayal, dramatic speech, tender love, and comedic relief in just the right pattern.
Falstaff documents three women's discovery of vampires in San Francisco. Instead of following a
trite script or relying on cutout characters, however, Ms. Murray's story is refreshingly sweet. The truth is that
I could not put it down,
and I am certain that these characters will linger in my imagination for the foreseeable future. It's easily
the best book I've read this year—or last—and it deserves a prominent spot on every
Lauri J Owen
author of Fallen Embers & Blowing Embers
Books One &
Two of The Embers Series
"WOW! Clear the decks before you start Lynne Murray's new novel The Falstaff Vampire
Files, because you're simply not going to want to put it down. A wonderfully fresh and original
take on a genre grown somewhat stale, Murray takes us on a roller coaster ride with a no-nonsense heroine, a
peripatetic coffin, and a Falstaffian vampire who is, well, Falstaff. Alternatively funny (who knew there
were vampire lawyers? On second thought, it makes perfect sense!) and creepy (with truly scary entities from
the spirit world that will have you peeking carefully around the curtains when things go bump in the night),
with a little sexy romance thrown in for good measure, you're going to hate to see this story end. But when
it does end, do yourself a big favor and check out Murray's earlier novels as well—beginning with
Larger Than Death. You won't be disappointed.
author of Jackson Street and Other Soldier Stories
(Winner, California Book Award
for First Fiction)
Coyote Moon Tropical Heat
"There is ample fun to be found in The Falstaff Vampire Files, which posits a
cozy alliance of San Francisco humans and vampires against a far more evil force which equally terrifies them
both. Lynne Murray's subtle, generous sense of humor and deft characterization skills result in a cast
readers will feel happy having spent time with, particularly the vampire of the title, a refugee from
Shakespearean times who turns out, in his own unkempt and boisterous way, to be every lonely single woman's
author of Fat White Vampire Blues,
Bride of the Fat White Vampire
& The Good Humor Man: Or, Calorie 3501
Bride of the Living Dead
"Anyone needing a laugh-out-loud romance full of lovable and real people need look no
"In Lynne Murray's fabulous version of romance, lovers find true pleasure in all body sizes
and shapes, wedding dresses are altered to fit the happy bride's body (not bride made to fit brocade), and
readers feast on smart detail and smarter dialogue. When they make the movie of this book, Renee Zellweger
won't need to alter her diet or her weight to get a part and viewers will scream with delight!"
author of FAT!SO?
"Bride of the Living Dead is an irresistible comedy that's got it all: a
big, beautiful, witty heroine, true love, scary stalkers, reluctant in-laws and monster movie magic. Buy it,
read it, laugh out loud and enjoy the heartfelt love story."
author of the Kate Jasper & Cally Lazar mystery series
"Jane Austen meets the Marx Brothers. Lynne Murray has written a delightful comedy of manners
with impeccable politics."
Laurie Toby Edison
Photographer, Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes
"From the start you will find yourself cheering for Daria as she overcomes hurdles such as a
control-freak sister, his and her stalkers, and her own nagging self doubt, to marry her beloved Oscar.
Bride of the Living Dead is a fun read about love, friendship and being true to
Sue Ann Jaffarian
author of the Odelia Grey mystery series
& The Ghost of Granny Apples mystery series
PRAISE for Lynne Murray
& the Josephine Fuller series
"Murray brings a refreshing approach to storytelling, developing realistic characters and
Booklist on Larger Than Death
"Written with a rare and entertaining clarity, and unique comic imagination."
San Francisco Examiner on Larger Than Death
"Finally! Great character, terrific concept. Josephine Fuller is...self-confident,
self-accepting, strong. Wonderful!"
Kathleen Swanholt, editor of Mysterious Woman Newsletter, on Larger
"Josephine Fuller is truly a woman of substance: wry, perceptive, richly alive, and
Marilyn Wallace, author of Lost
Angel, on Larger Than Death
"Lynne Murray has developed a bold and gritty heroine. The fresh, sassy voices of both Jo
Fuller and her creator are welcome additions to the mystery shelves."
Selma Eichler, author of Murder Can Wreck Your Reunion, on Larger Than
"Larger Than Death has more twists and turns than the curves of its amply
endowed heroine. Delicious reading!"
Cheri K. Erdman, author of Nothing to Lose & Live
"With plenty of action & a bit of humor thrown in, Large
Target provides plenty of XXL entertainment."
Rocky Mountain News on Large Target
"This modern mystery makes for a fun, fast read."
Mode Magazine, April 2000, on Large Target
"Jo is highly likable and finely drawn."
The Washington Times on Large Target
"Make room for Josephine Fuller, a private investigator who is a woman of substance in more
ways than one."
BBW Magazine on Large Target
"Large Target is an enjoyable novel of murder and mayhem."
Romantic Times on Large Target
"Investigator Josephine Fuller is a large woman, but no challenge is too big for her."
The Oklahoman on At Large
"At Large is filled with hilarious dialogue, comfortable old friends and a
great love triangle. Grab a cup of tea, sit in front of the fireplace, and follow Jo as she sets out to solve
this latest puzzle."
BBW Magazine on At Large
"Josephine Fuller charms the reader with her wry, self-deprecating humor and her passionate
defense of the underdog."
Donna Andrews, author of Murder with Peacocks, on
"This one is a winner, the kind of read you don't want to put down unless the house is on
Lee Matindale, Rump Parliament Magazine, on At
"A large dose of fun carefully entwined in a rip-snorting mystery."
Crescent Blue online review on At Large
"Typical good humor and panache."
Publisher's Weekly on A Ton of Trouble
"Frequent humor, a titillating subject matter, and crazy characters guarantee a good time for
readers of this fourth Josephine Fuller mystery."
Library Journal on A Ton of Trouble
"Both size and sass...Jo's dinner with Ambrose, the elegant gay assistant to her wealthy
employer, is itself worth the price of admission."
Booklist on A Ton of Trouble
"A Ton of Trouble is a ton of fun."
Midwest Book Review on A Ton of Trouble