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My Three Favorites

November 1, 2023 (a website for readers) has posted my three favorite books of 2023 and why I recommend them. Great for book clubs! Check out my own link, then take a look at the one that brings you the total results from all 800+ authors surveyed. That should give you some really good ideas for your next read.

Another Review

September 20, 2023

Another lovely review of my latest; this one in Library Review. No wonder my books are always found in public libraries! 

Miley, Mary. Murder Off Stage. Severn House. (Roaring Twenties Mystery, Bk. 5). Sept. 2023. 224p. ISBN 9781448311408. $31.99. M

Jessie Beckett is a former Vaudeville performer, now an assistant script girl for Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. When the couple goes to New York for several weeks, Jessie accompanies them. It gives her time to catch up with an old friend, Adele Astaire. She knew Adele and her brother, Freddy, as children on the Vaudeville circuit. Now Adele’s fame opens doors—and nets Jessie second-row tickets to a hot Broadway play, Rules of Engagement. From those seats, Jessie witnesses the play’s leading man, Allen Crenshaw, being shot dead by leading lady Norah Rose, using a stage gun that was loaded with (unbeknownst to Norah, Jessie is certain) real bullets. When detective Benjamin Quinn admits that this is his first murder investigation, Jessie uses his adoration of Adele to inveigle her way into the case. With Adele’s help and her own knowledge of the theater world, Jessie is able to uncover the history of a murder with roots in the past. VERDICT The fifth “Roaring Twenties Mystery,” following Murder in Disguise, is an enjoyable treat with appearances by Pickford, Fairbanks, and Queen Marie of Romania, as well as the Astaires. For fans of earlier books in the series or of Katharine Schellman’s “Nightingale” mysteries, also set in 1920s NYC.—Lesa Holstine


Book Birthday Sept. 5

August 3, 2023

For several years, readers have been asking for another book about Jessie, the former child vaudeville performer who works for silent film actors Pickford and Fairbanks. My excuse was that I was too busy with my new series, Mystic’s Accomplice, but to be frank, I didn’t have a plot idea that had a really good twist. Then one came to me and voila! The fifth (and final) in the Roaring Twenties series is now available in hardcover and ebook format (paperback next year). Available for FREE at your local public library!
Although I have read hundreds of murder mysteries in my lifetime, I’ve never come across the murder method (or “weapon” if you prefer) that I used in this book. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe it may be unique. 

My Valentine’s Day Contribution

February 14, 2023

Theirs was a love story, but no one would have guessed it from the way it began.


Historical Novel Society reviews my latest book

November 13, 2022

Deadly Spirits (A Mystic’s Accomplice mystery, 3)


Free E-Book!

November 1, 2022

Good news: The e-book format of THE IMPERSONATOR is free for three days. (This is the first in the Roaring Twenties series, the book that won the national Best First Crime Novel award in 2021) Quick, order one today at amazon. 


Another Good Review for Newest Book

September 13, 2022

Kirkus, the American book review magazine, published this nice review for Deadly Spirits, just published on Sept. 6 in hardcover and ebook formats.

Deadly Spirits

Nice Review for New Book

Another good review for my newest publication, this one from Kirkus, the American book review magazine.

Deadly Spirits

Happy Birthday to my New Book!

September 6, 2022

Today is the pub date for my latest in the Mystic’s Accomplice series. My publisher is releasing it in hardcover and ebook format, paperback available next year in May. Look at this terrific review from Publisher’s Weekly!


History Camp program

July 15, 2022

I was honored to be interviewed for the History Camp about my book Death By Petticoat. Check it out!