View More: http://photographybynicolejohnson.pass.us/laurenjohnweddingWelcome to my online home. This is where I open the door and invite you inside to meet my literary family: my twelve nonfiction books, four podcasts, and almost 200 magazine articles–many available right here–and the historical mysteries written by my alter ego, Mary Miley. My newest book, a gothic suspense called Stolen Memories, came out in February and came in  second for the Daphne award for historical suspense. I’ve just finished my fifth corporate history which is headed to the printer. And at long last, the third in my Roaring Twenties series, Renting Silence, has its international debut this month and its U.S. debut in December. The fourth in that series will come out in 2017. Looking ahead, I’ve just completed the first in a new mystery series set in Chicago during my favorite decade–the 1920s. Upcoming book travel includes a trip to Shreveport, LA, in August and Chapel Hill, NC in October.  

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News & Events

Stolen Memories comes in Second for the Daphne Award for Historical Mysteries

July 29, 2016

Finalist 2016 25 percent

First place would have been nicer, but I’ll take second any day!


Articles & Podcasts

Downton Abbey Exhibit: Virginia Historical Society lecture

Downtown-image2_mediumI recently gave a talk at the Virginia Historical Society as part of their Downton Abbey exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times.” My talk was titled Weird-but-True Things Most People Don’t Know about the Roaring Twenties. It’s a light, but serious, presentation which lasts 40 minutes (plus Q&A). In it, I share some of the surprising things I learned during my research for my Roaring Twenties mystery series, things I have incorporated into my novels. The VHS always records its Banner Lecture speakers, so here it is. I recommend pouring yourself a glass of wine before you click START.