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This week I will finish the fourth full revision on my mystery novel. I’ve loved every minute of it. The new (and original) title is An Antique Murder. Wish I could think of something really clever. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them! Think: antiques, the past, secrets from the past, secrets from the grave?

In early November I will attend New England Crime Bake, a mystery conference for writers and readers. I’ve heard great things about Crime Bake. One of the best parts will be reconnecting with my entire critique group–and we are a scattered bunch.

Next week I will turn my thoughts back to my second novel, a sequel, that takes place in Suffolk, England. Suffolk isn’t exactly on the tourist route, but I love its ancient history and incredible small villages. My husband and I have spent some time there and look forward to returning soon.

An Antique Murder

Two hundred years is a long time to hold a grudge.

Autumn has come and gone on Vermont’s Lanark Island, and the locals prepare for the annual Tartan Ball. Spirits are high. A novel about island history has brought hordes of tourists to the small, Scottish-heritage resort community. On the guest list is Ohio antique dealer and appraiser, Kate Hamilton. Returning to the island where her husband died is the last thing Kate wants to do, but when his sister, owner of the island’s upscale historic inn, claims she’s in danger, Kate relents. She’s hardly unpacked her toothbrush when her sister-in-law is murdered in a bizarre recreation of an infamous murder in the island’s past–a murder described in the novel. Could two murders committed two hundred years apart be connected? The police consider the idea nonsense, but as Kate reads the novel, she becomes convinced this is true. Teaming up with Tom Mallory, visiting Detective Inspector from Suffolk, England, Kate follows clue left by her sister-in-law in an antique marquetry chest–clues that lead to a secret at the heart of the island’s past and a killer determined to rewrite history.