Cynthia Raleigh


A good chunk of my time growing up in southern Indiana was spent reading books; all kinds of books, but especially mysteries. In spite of various earlier occupations in my life, I have worked as a Registered Nurse for a couple of decades. Among my passel of hobbies, one of my favorite is genealogy. I started pestering busy adults with questions about my family history when I was twelve years old. Over the years, I have dug through family papers and photos, scrolled through and squinted at faded and tattered microfilm, traveled to distant places in search of crumbling documents, and spent countless hours in cemeteries searching for stones. I was lucky enough to experience the thrill of discovering and uncovering the markers of some very long lost ancestors. I enjoy writing mysteries that combine genealogy and history, and I hope my readers enjoy it as well.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Drawing on the Past is the third book in the Perri Seamore series. Perri is a travel RN, so she works in various locations. In this book, her hospital contract is abruptly ended and she takes a last minute, fill-in job as a home health nurse in Southern Illinois. Her family originally hailed from that area, but before she can get started on her own genealogical research, she winds up in a snarl of a mystery surrounding a historic house and the double murder of its owners.
Describe your desk
I futilely try to keep my work area mostly uncluttered, but that never works out for me. It is a mixture of notes, coffee cups, pens/pencils, dictionaries, assorted paperwork, genealogy newsletters, an incense burner, multitudinous scraps of paper with vitally important (to me) information on them, and various CD cases, depending on what I'm listening to at the time.
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Perri Seamore
Perri Seamore is a travel RN who spends her time between assignments searching cemeteries and courthouse archives while managing to become involved in solving murders and mysteries.

Poison Branches

Price: $2.99 USD.

Buried Roots

Price: $2.99 USD.

Drawing on the Past

Price: $3.99 USD.


Drawing on the Past
Series: Perri Seamore, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 129,250. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Perri Seamore accepts a spur-of-the-moment position filling in for a home health nurse. Soon after starting the job, she finds there is much more going on in southern Illinois than she anticipated. Perri entangles herself in a centuries-old mystery surrounding a historic house in a nearly abandoned town, persistent rumors of hidden riches, and the double murder of the home’s owners.
Buried Roots
Series: Perri Seamore, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,370. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Perri Seamore visits Virginia for a break between assignments. She plans to catch up on her genealogy research, relax, as well as attend a Civil War Reenactment in which her friend's husband is participating. The event begins as planned, but the tone alters dramatically when a murder overshadows the activities. Perri works with Archer Vaughn, a local Virginia State Trooper, to solve the mystery.
Poison Branches
Series: Perri Seamore, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,100. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Perri Seamore takes a road trip to Kentucky combining genealogy research and a cemetery crawl with a girls' weekend away. When the details of a murder in a local cemetery begin to unfold, Perri finds herself helping the local detective uncover the motive and identity of the killer. A killer who won't stop at one murder.

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