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Karen Shughart

Karen says:

"I love to write and always have. I wrote my first poem when I was five and have continued writing throughout my life.  I’ve written as a public relations professional, teacher, editor and head of a non-profit organizations. I’ve written newspaper columns, feature articles for daily newspapers, guides for chambers of commerce and newsletters.

Several years ago, I was inspired to write my first book, Pennsylvania Bed and Breakfast Guide and Cookbook, after my husband and I took a trip to New England and stayed at charming historic inns with wonderful food. My second book, Creating Profitable Special Events, came about at a time when I served as a board member, volunteer and chairperson of special events with non-profit organizations in south central Pennsylvania, where our family lived for many years. Now I’m writing Cozies, gentle mysteries with no graphic violence, explicit sex or profanity.

My inspiration for writing czies began many years ago when, during a driving trip one weekend, my husband and I discovered a charming village in the northernmost part of the Finger Lakes on Lake Ontario, the smallest of the Great Lakes. The village was within proximity to Canada and seemed to embody everything we could possibly want as a place to live:  family values, kind and caring people, a strong sense of community, burgeoning wine scene, fruit orchards, lots of history and culture, spectacular scenery, and within short driving time to two cities: Rochester and Syracuse. One visit was all it took for us to decide that we wanted to live here, and after many years of spending vacations and weekends, we retired and realized our dream.

All books in the series, this first one and ones to come, take place in the fictional village of Lighthouse Cove, NY, which is very much like this lovely village where we now live. Murder in the Museum: An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery, is solved when the investigator discovers a map dated 1785 and a manuscript written in 1847 that were unearthed during an archaeological dig in Toronto, Canada.  I’ve just started writing the second book, Murder in the Cemetery, that links the murder to the War of 1812, and the third book, Murder at Freedom Point, will link that murder to the Civil War and Underground Railroad. See the historical thread here? Ed’s wife, Annie, helps Ed solve crimes, but she also likes to cook. The recipes for dishes she prepares are at the end of each novel.

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