Dr. Betty Jean Craige is a University Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia. She has lived in Athens, Georgia, since 1973.

Craige is a teacher, scholar, translator, humorist, and writer. After retiring in 2011, she published a column about animal behavior in the local paper titled “Cosmo Talks” and began writing fiction. Her Witherston Murder Mystery series, set in north Georgia, includes Downstream, Fairfield’s Auction, and Dam Witherston. Aldo, released by Black Opal Books in March of 2018, is a thriller.


Dam Witherston won Honorable Mention in the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the Mysteries Category

Fairfield’s Auction won First in Mystery and Mayhem category of 2018 Chanticleer Book Awards

Dam Witherston won Distinguished Favorite in 2018 Independent Press Awards