This romance novelist is on trial in her husband's killing. It's like a plot twist from one of her books

Nancy Crampton-Brophy is accused of fatally shooting her husband at the culinary school where he worked in June 2018.

(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."

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.
Nancy Crampton-Brophy in a 2018 mug shot.
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.

Her husband was shot twice at the cooking school where he worked

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.
Chef Daniel Brophy in a screenshot from a culinary institute video posted in 2010.
"Dan Brophy was content in his simplistic lifestyle, but Nancy Brophy wanted something more," prosecutors said in court documents. "As Nancy Brophy became more financially desperate and her writing career was floundering, she was left with few options ....
"Dan Brophy was worth almost $1.5 million to Nancy Brophy if he was dead and he was worth a life of financial hardship if he stayed alive. Nancy Brophy planned and carried out what she believed was the perfect murder. A murder that she believed would free her from the grips of financial despair."
Prosecutors said a search of the couple's computers revealed they had a joint iTunes account with a bookmarked article titled, "10 Ways to Cover Up a Murder."
But Crampton-Brophy's attorney argued at the trial this week that she loved her husband and had nothing to do with the killing.
"The state will present a circumstantial case that begs you to cast a blind eye to the most important circumstance ... love," defense attorney Lisa Maxfield said Monday in her opening statement. "Nancy Crampton-Brophy has always been thoroughly, madly, crazy in love with Daniel Brophy, and she still is to this day. For Nancy Brophy, he was perfect."
The couple had taken several romantic getaways in the months before Brophy's death and were planning a summer trip to Mount Rushmore, the defense attorney said.

The slaying drew new attention to Crampton-Brophy's writings

News of the slaying stunned the Portland community and made headlines everywhere -- partly due to something Crampton-Brophy wrote seven years before her husband's death.
In 2011, she published a blog post titled, "How to Murder Your Husband."
"As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure," the 700-word post began. It was published on a blog called "See Jane Publish" that has since been made private. The essay was split into sections detailing the pros and cons of killing a villainous husband.
"If the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don't want to spend any time in jail," Crampton-Brophy wrote. "And let me say clearly for the record, I don't like jumpsuits and orange isn't my color."
But the trial judge ruled Monday that the essay would not be permitted as evidence because it was written years ago as part of a writing seminar and could unfairly prejudice the jury.
Nancy Crampton-Brophy's book, "The Wrong Husband."