(CNN)Nancy Crampton-Brophy wrote steamy romance novels with muscular, often shirtless, men on their covers and titles like "The Wrong Husband." Some carried a tagline that said, "wrong never felt so right."
This romance novelist is on trial in her husband's killing. It's like a plot twist from one of her books
But for Crampton-Brophy, life with her husband of almost two decades appeared anything but wrong. She and Daniel Brophy lived in a quiet suburb of Portland, Oregon, where he was a chef at a culinary school. Crampton-Brophy said her husband raised turkeys and chickens in their backyard, tended a vegetable garden and liked to whip up lavish meals for her.
The day she realized he was Mr. Right, she wrote on her author's website, he was making her hors d'oeuvres while she took a bath.
"Can you imagine spending the rest of your life without a man like that?" she asked.
Then came a plot twist that could have been ripped from one of her books.
On the morning of June 2, 2018, someone shot Daniel Brophy in the kitchen of the Oregon Culinary Institute, where he taught cooking. Three months later, Portland police arrested Crampton-Brophy and charged her with her husband's murder.
And now, the woman who once published an infamous blog post titled, "How to Murder Your Husband," is on trial in an Oregon courtroom. Crampton-Brophy, 71, is charged with a single count of murder and has pleaded not guilty.
The trial is expected to last six weeks.
On the morning Daniel Brophy was killed, students arrived for class and found him bleeding on the kitchen floor.
In court documents, prosecutors said the 63-year-old man had been shot twice -- once in the back as he stood at a sink filling ice and water buckets for the students, and then a second time in the chest at close range. The bullets penetrated his spine and pierced his heart. Brophy's wallet with cash and credit cards was found with him, and there were no signs of robbery or forced entry.
The next day, Crampton-Brophy posted a message on Facebook.
"My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning," it said. "For those of you who are close to me and feel this deserved a phone call, you are right, but I'm struggling to make sense of everything right now."
The slaying remained a public mystery for months. Then came Crampton-Brophy's arrest in September 2018 -- and suddenly the image of the couple's happy marriage collapsed.
Prosecutors allege in court documents that the Brophys were facing financial difficulties and had drained their retirement account two years prior to the shooting. Crampton-Brophy, whose books were not financially lucrative, hatched the plan to kill her husband to collect more than $1.5 million from multiple life insurance policies and other assets, prosecutors said.