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Born on the wrong side of life,I learned to make myself invisible, to be so quiet that no one noticed me in the shadows. My illiterate grandfather, and nearly illiterate grandmother valued books and education; consequently, they coaxed a Carnegie Librarian to teach me to read and write by age six.
When I was nine years old, my grandfather was murdered; the killer never apprehended. Writing allowed me to deal with my anger and grief by changing the ending of that particular reality: I wrote murder stories.
I published my first poem and my first journalistic articles around the age of fourteen. It was a time of countrywide unrest and riots.
After that, I never stopped writing--poems, articles, short stories, novels.
Good Intentions (first edition), a literary novel, received the Alice B. Reader Award for Excellence in 2002.
Sketch of a Murder and Street Harvest have made Amazon's Top 100 Bestseller's Lists several times.
on Jan. 29, 2013 :
I loved the mystery of Dead Men and Cats. It kept me guessing and every time I thought I was solving it, I was wrong. I loved the way the story unfolded withy its twists and more twists. I had to find out who did what and once I started reading it, I did not stop until I finished the book.
My favorite character was Megan. She was not about to wait for the "put things off" sheriff to get around to investigating the mystery. She is a bold person who pushes forward with the investigation and does not back down.
The story is well written, nothing extra to bog you down and keep you waiting, no rushing through any drawn out details. Just the "meat" of the story. I would love to read more by this clever author.
Ruby Standing Deer
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Dec. 31, 2012 :
A lovely little murder mystery that starts out uniquely and then keeps you guessing. The story keeps you involved and takes a few unseen turns. It is well written and very tight. My only complaint is it was too short. I wanted it to go on a lot longer.
(reviewed the day of purchase)