About Tom



Hovering Above a Homicide is the second book in Tom Kelly’s Ernie Creekmore series featuring the adventures of legendary high school basketball coach turned real estate agent and amateur sleuth. The book finds Ernie trying to solve the murder of a “helicopter” parent whose body is discovered in a vacant home for sale.

The first book, Cold Crossover, introduces us to Ernie who gets word that his former start player—Linnbert “Cheese” Oliver—has gone missing from a late-night ferry boat.

Before launching into fiction, Tom served The Seattle Times readers for 20 years, first as a sportswriter and later as real estate reporter, columnist and editor. His weekly features now appear in a variety of newspapers including the Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Louisville Courier-Journal, Tacoma News Tribune and Spokane Spokesman-Review plus hundreds of websites.

His ground-breaking book How a Second Home Can Be Your Best Investment (McGraw-Hill, written with economist John Tuccillo) showed consumers and professionals how one additional piece of real estate could serve as an investment, recreation and retirement property over time. His other books include Real Estate Boomers and Beyond: Exploring the Costs, Choices and Changes of Your Next Move (Dearborn-Kaplan); The New Reverse Mortgage Formula (John Wiley & Sons); Cashing In on a Second Home in Mexico (Crabman Publishing, with Mitch Creekmore); Cashing In on a Second Home in Central America (Crabman Publishing, with Mitch Creekmore and Jeff Hornberger), and Bargains Beyond the Border (Crabman Publishing).

Tom’s award-winning radio show “Real Estate Today” has aired for 20 years on KIRO, the CBS affiliate in Seattle. The program also has been syndicated in 40 domestic markets and to 450 stations in 160 foreign countries via Armed Forces Radio.

Tom and his wife, Jodi, Dean of the Humanities College at Seattle University, have four children and live on Bainbridge Island, WA, where they back the runnin’, gunnin’ Bainbridge High Spartans when not wrestling with grandson Myles.