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Thursday, February 28, 2013

New mystery set in Jefferson City, MO

My new mystery, Murder Takes No Prisoners, will be out for review this spring.

Jefferson City's rich history makes a great setting for a novel. Plan to visit the Missouri State Penitentiary with Hap Lynch, a retired cop from Kansas City. Hap finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation, ghost sightings at the prison, and the long-ago struggle between the North and the South.

This novel seemed to take on its own life after I visited Jefferson City, and as I explored its history. One of the joys of writing a novel is getting to know your own characters. They truly do take on a life of their own and sometimes the author feels like she is the last to know who did what.

I learn from my characters because I have to put myself in their shoes. They see the world differently than I do. Sometimes understanding a character and anticipating their actions is easy. Other times I find it difficult.

In any case, I've had great fun working on Murder Takes No Prisoners and I hope loads of readers enjoy it and find the time to visit this small beautiful capital city on the banks of the Missouri River.

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