A farmhouse in New Hampshire that had been on the Underground Railroad. An African-American scholar searching for his grandmother's history. A body found on the grave of a man who had been the town's minister during the Civil War. As retired English professor Susan Warner tracks down the motive, she discovers a secret that uncovers the sins of the past and that connects the victim and the murderer.
In Tour de Trace, the tenacious Susan confronted the fraught history of Mississippi's Natchez Trace. In Death of the Keynote Speaker, set on New Hampshire's Star Island, she unraveled how Celia Thaxter's nineteenth-century literary salon and a brutal murder on Smuttynose Island led to a twenty-first century murder. In Cemetery Wine, Susan once again finds herself a reluctant sleuth as she tries to solve a murder in a town she calls home.
About Sharon L. Dean (Ashland, Oregon Author)
Sharon L. Dean grew up in Massachusetts where she was immersed in the literature of New England. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of New Hampshire, a state she lived in until moving to Oregon. In New Hampshire, she taught writing and literature at Rivier University.
After giving up writing scholarly books that required footnotes, Sharon reinvented herself as a writer of mysteries. Her first novel, Tour de Trace, is set on Mississippi's Natchez Trace; her second, Death of the Keynote Speaker, on Star Island off the coast of New Hampshire. Her third Susan Warner mystery, Cemetery Wine, is also set in New Hampshire, this time in a farmhouse that was on the Underground Railroad. A stand alone novel, Leaving Freedom, traces the journey of Connie Lewis from Massachusetts to Florida to Oregon as she develops a writing career, cares for her mother, and searches for the mystery surrounding her mother's brother.
Sharon has just published the first novel in a series featuring librarian and reluctant sleuth Deborah Strong. The Barn is set in New Hampshire where Deborah reunites with a friend she hasn’t seen since they graduated from high school. Together they work to unravel the cold case of their classmate’s death thirty years ago. The Barn is a story of friendship lost and recovered, secrets buried and unburied, and the power of forgiveness.
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