Karen Treanor


Born in Ipswich Massachusetts, Karen ran away to join the Peace Corps with her husband and children, and spent 8 years in Southern Africa; then moved to Western Australia where she operates Quenda Books, which publishes the “Scoot, Scoot, Bandicoot ® series. A prolific short-story writer, her pieces have been published in a number of magazines both in the USA and abroad. She also wrote grade school reading books for the Ministry of Education in Swaziland, and a number of radio scripts for the Ministry of Education in Lesotho, as well as working on several southern African publications including "Swaziland Today". She has worked in a variety of jobs on three continents, including as a journalist, advertising consultant, union organizer and research officer for a Member of Parliament.

Karen has reviewed books for the mystery website “NewMysteryReader.com” for many years, which gives her a window into what's going on in the crime fiction market. She reads several hundred crime novels each year. She believes that many readers, particularly older women, don't want to buy or read gore-and-sadism books, and still bemoan the passing of Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh. She’s hoping to help fill the niche with the "Bones" series featuring antique-shop proprietor Geneva Bradford. The first volume, "Bitter Bones" will be published in February 2010 by FIDO, with, it is hoped, "Long Bones" and "Blessed Bones" to follow.

Website: www.bandicoot-books.com

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Blessed Bones
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,460. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2016 by Fido Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
"A friend knows where the bodies are buried. A real friend helps you bury them." When a teacher is attacked and injured, Geneva Bradford steps into the classroom to help out an old friend. Anyone who knows Geneva's penchant for finding long-dead bodies won't be surprised what happens next.
Long Bones: A Geneva Bradford Mystery
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,820. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2016 by Fido Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
In this second book in the Geneva Bradford series, Geneva is worried by a stranger who's taking an interest in her family. When he turns up in somebody else's tomb, Geneva and her children are on the suspect list, especially when it seems they might have something to gain by the stranger's death.
The Angelus Ghost
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,010. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2010 by Fido Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Nothing in her nursing training prepared Tara O’Neill to be a ghost hunter --but then she came to Angelus. The villagers say the house is haunted; Meade’s husband thinks she’s imagining things; but Tara believes there’s something truly evil roaming the dark halls. Can she convince anyone else before another murder is done?
Death in the Sea of Grass
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,760. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2010 by Fido Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Historical » General
Nostalgia buffs, homesick old Africa hands, and fans of the Golden Age of murder mysteries alike will enjoy this book, set in a could-be-real southern African monarchy in 1935. Stolen diamonds, mysterious Nazis, a refugee artist and a modern but powerful queen and her American doctor friend keep the story moving at a leopard’s dash pace from start to finish.
Bitter Bones
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,040. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2010 by Fido Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
“Bitter Bones” is Book I in the Geneva Bradford series, set in New England, and featuring a feisty young widow who finds long-dead murder victims. Served up with a generous dollop of humor and an occasional tasty recipe, “Bitter Bones” will appeal to readers who like a story without too much graphic gore and violence, but with a case of likeable characters.

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