You have found the site of private investigator Sally Jo Pitts whose sleuthing and other experiences in working with all kinds of people has led to writing sweet romance and private investigator mysteries. You will find my books listed under the books tab, Romance Books and Mystery Books.

I delve into a variety of topics on the website. Currently, I am investigating food used in novels found under the Investigator’s Blog. Each post is accompanied by a recipe found under Investigatin’ Recipes.

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Just Released
9/20/2020 8:42:00 PM BY Sally Jo

It’s here!

Book #3 in the Hamilton Harbor Legacy series, Designed for Love.

It’s a stand-alone but you can come revisit friends from And Then Blooms Love and Stumbling Upon Romance.

Praise for Designed for Love


"Designed for Love is charming, with a touch of humor and spunk. Pitts' happily ever after tale is one for your TBR list. Don't miss it."


                                                         ~New York Times Bestselling Author, Rachel Hauck 


Fans of romance will love meeting interior designer Izzie Ketterling and her friends in the panhandle of Florida. You’ll find yourself saying over and over, “this should be a Hallmark movie.” With an authentic southern voice, an unforgettable setting, and colorful characters, I highly recommend Designed for Love.


    ~Debra DuPree Williams, author of Grave Consequences, A Charlotte Graves Mystery




Another Sally Jo Pitts story that delivers intrigue, hilarity, and romance intwined in a perfectly paced plot. A satisfying read from beginning to end.

                                                                        ~Mary A. Felkins, author of Call to Love


Interior designer Izzie Ketterling wants two things: to be accepted as a professional designer and to champion the preservation of the historic homes on Feldman Square in her hometown.

Reed Harrison’s New York design company has directed him to gain favor with the Hamilton Harbor townspeople in order to obtain a development contract for the firm. However, the developer’s plans could jeopardize the properties Izzie is crusading for.

The two enter a decorating contest fundraiser to restore the abandoned houses and Reed and Izzie are surprised to discover that opposites attract. But the competition turns bitter when their agendas collide.

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Cover Reveal
9/17/2020 1:40:00 PM BY Sally Jo Pitts

Surprise! Book #3 in my Hamilton Harbor Legacy Series is making an early appearance! Designed for Love is on its way. 

Here is a sneak preview 

North and South clash during a design competition in Hamilton Harbor, Florida. 


Chicken & Dumplings and Dinner on the Grounds
9/11/2020 3:26:00 PM BY Sally Jo

Chicken & Dumplings and Dinner on the Grounds

Investigating Food Used in Novels



Sleuthing takes Private investigators Robert Grey and Jane Carson to a church homecoming where parishioners have gathered for home-cooked dishes and dinner on the grounds. Food isn’t all that’s hot, the disputed election results Robert and Jane are investigating is a hot topic. Here’s an excerpt:


“Come here, I’ve got someone for you to meet.” Willa steered Robert and Jane across the “great divide” and introduced Ms. Garrett.

Robert took Ms. Garrett’s extended hand and in that brief moment was attracted to something in her eyes. They were chestnut brown with flecks of green that shone with a sense of sincerity and sensibility.

“Mr. Grey, I am pleased to meet you even though we share opposite interests right now.”

“My only interest is getting accurate election results. That’s not necessarily opposite interests.”

“Well put. That’s what I want too, and you best try some of my chicken and dumplings.” By this time all talk had quieted, and eyes were focused on Robert talking to Martha Garrett.

Preacher Carlson entered the fellowship hall.

“Preacher, when are you gonna’ bless this food?” someone called out.

“Right now. Let’s pray. Lord in heaven, bless this homecoming gathering, mend any divisions, bless this food and may our bodies use it to your service. Amen.”

By the time everyone said their amens, a truce had been prayed in.

“Ms. Garrett, it would be my extreme pleasure to have some of your chicken and dumplings,” Robert said, with a brisk bow from the waist.

With that, the room became enlivened with the cheerful clatter of serving plates, pouring beverages, finding seats and eating.

Chicken and Dumplings

( a “dinner on the grounds” southern favorite)



You’ll find my father-in-law’s recipe for chicken and dumplings that he took pride in making under Investigator’s Blog, Investigatin’ Recipes.





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