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When I'm not delving into historical research, I'm planning a character's demise.

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In case you haven't heard the 2nd edition of
 Bread & Butter The Murders of Polly Frisch 
is available on Amazon in paperback and for Kindle, Smashwords, and for Nook. The first edition was published in 2000, still sells, but it was time for updates and to bring her into the modern world of publishing. The new re-edited, revised edition with new cover & information was released in April of 2014.

 You can download a sample on NoiseTrade Books in mobi , ePub or PDF formats.
It is also available in hardcover on Lulu.

The book I am currently working on is non-fiction called Right of the Soil: An Abstractor's View Of Indian Land Title in New York. The cover art is by my awesome artist friend, Frank Vando, former owner and editor of The Akwesasne Phoenix Sundays  (out of print as of 2006, unfortunately), a Native American newspaper out of northern New York State, where I was a weekly columnist for 2 1/2 years and wrote often about land issues. I was planning on self-publishing but at the moment it is being reviewed by a publisher, so the title may change.

In between the above I am editing my novel called The Milk Carton Murders. I've been posting snippets of this one every Sunday, but took a hiatus and am posting snippets of the Polly Frisch murders. MCM snippets will return in May 2014. The recap of the snippets can be found here. Below is the blurb. I'm not sure if I should seek commercial publication or self-publish. If I do self-publish, I'll use the cover designed for me by Brigid Gorry-Hines. You can see some of her other amazing covers on her Facebook page, Cover Creations.
DAVE ROBERTSON, a reporter for the Lamont Weekly Times, is the first to admit his quirks put women off.  He’s clumsy at times. Then there’s that annoying voice in his head. Doesn’t everybody talk to themselves once in a while?

“Not like you do Davy―or should I say, not like we do?”

When three small coffins are unearthed near the Wiscoy Creek during a routine dredging operation, it’s the last thing Dave expected to be reporting on. Pinned to the skeleton’s clothing are pictures from milk cartons of missing girls. Dave is stunned to find out that one of them is Sally―a foster child his parents had cared for through the Friends of Foster Families (FFF) program. Granted, he couldn’t remember much from his past, but he could swear that Sally was returned to her parents.
Dave’s brain chatter becomes more intrusive when Sally’s remains are found. He worries his problem may be more serious then he thought.

Cold case files reveal the girls disappeared over 20 years ago.  Knowing his house was the last place he saw Sally alive, he can’t help but suspect his dad. Dave's inner voice reinforces that suspicion.

Police investigator, Pepper Black, allows Dave to tag along on the case if he holds back publishing the photos of the insides of the coffins; she thinks he knows more than he’s telling. An exclusive, and keeping one step ahead of Pepper, is incentive for Dave to hold back the photos―not to mention how hot Pepper looks with all her CSI gadgets hanging off her belt.

But how can he write the biggest story of his career if his father turns out to be the killer? If the voice in his head would shut up and let him remember, he might figure it out before he loses his mind and his dad is charged with murder.

A spin off from the Milk Carton Murders
A body of a woman is found along a hedge row in the rural town of Lamont.

Investigator Pepper Black  has her own mystery too. In April of 2013 I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo and the  Blogging A-Z Challenge. The challenge for A-Z was to blog every day using a different letter of the alphabet every day ie: Day 1-A, Day 2-B and so on. (Sundays were off.) By the end of the month all the alphabet was covered. Even more fun I had other people choose my 26 words.

Since I was also doing Camp NaNo I decided to do a mystery with many of the same characters, and the same rural town,  as The Milk Carton Murders but predates it so as not to give away clues from my novel. Every day I posted a new piece of the story which I wrote by the "seat of my pants" as they say, panster style. You can find the recap of the entire story here.  I liked the way it came out and I think it is worth expanding upon.


As to my day job, I'm the Assistant County Historian for Wyoming County, NY. I research and write local history which is published in our quarterly, Historical Wyoming.

Brigid Gorry-Hines. You can see some of her other amazing covers on her Facebook page, Cover Creations. I - See more at: http://historysleuth.blogspot.com/2013/09/milk-carton-murders-24.html#sthash.As6mieVH.dpuf
Brigid Gorry-Hines. You can see some of her other amazing covers on her Facebook page, Cover Creations. I - See more at: http://historysleuth.blogspot.com/2013/09/milk-carton-murders-24.html#sthash.As6mieVH.dpuf


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