I write, study history, and work the reference desk at the public library. My home in the Missouri woods is shared with Richard, my husband of 50+ years, Cookie, a little white terrier, and Sunshine, a big yellow cat. After seven non-fiction books, I finally turned to the writing I always wanted to do: mystery novels. TANGLED ROOTS, a tale of secrets, lies, and murder along the Missouri River, was published January, 2017. My next novel, THE SANITY OF STRAWBERRIES, a murder set inside a state mental hospital, will be published in 2018.
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Snakes in the Kitchen is on sale for only 99 cents this week, for all ebook readers! That’s exciting news for me, because it means my book will reach more readers. Thank you, Three Creeks Press & Macmillan!
Mama was modest and didn’t usually let anybody watch her get dressed, but on the first day of her new job she called Sissy into the bedroom to help her and I went, too. Mama had a list of everything … Continue reading
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again. . . Tangled Roots, my mystery novel, hasn’t been selling very well as an ebook. Many of my wonderful friends, relatives, and neighbors bought the paperback edition, and some of you … Continue reading
My new novel begins with a murder that takes place in the Biggs Building, the only high security facility in Missouri for the treatment of the criminally insane. It’s set a few years in the past, during a sweltering summer. … Continue reading
My father didn’t really sell me, or trade me off like some folks say. Pa just sort of threw me in to sweeten the deal when he was selling a string of green-broke horses to J.D. Branch. We brought 25 … Continue reading
Every house was dark when she passed through town at 3:30 a.m. This was the quietest time of the night, a little too late for partiers, a little too early for day shift workers and just right for Sarah Henderson. … Continue reading
When I was five years old, Mama decided she had to get a job of her own. She had been trying to make a little money to help out in every way she could for years. She took in washings … Continue reading
M is for MoSGA, the Missouri State Genealogical Association, an organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of its members and the public in the study of family history, genealogical records and the principles of sound genealogical research. MoSGA publishes The Journal, a quarterly … Continue reading
The life of John Henry Paul reminds me of a song they used to sing on the TV show Hee-Haw: “If it weren’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all. . “ John Henry was born October 23, … Continue reading