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Cover Reveal for #2

June 26, 2021

My publisher sent the cover design for book #2 in the Mystic’s Accomplice series. I love it–especially the smoky cocktail! The two words in the title, Spirits and Smoke, carry double meanings: spirits refers to liquor and to the spirits of the dead contacted by the mystic; smoke is a feature of her seances but also Prohibition-era slang for deadly methyl alcohol (AKA wood alcohol). What do you think?

Terrific Surprise!

May 30, 2021

My publisher just notified me that my new book received a (rare) Starred Review from the Library Journal. The book releases on June 1.

Miley, Mary. The Mystic’s Accomplice. Severn House.  Jun. 2021. 224p.  ISBN 9780727850423. $28.99. Grieving pregnant widow Maddie Pastore didn’t know what her husband did for a living, until the Chicago mob shows up at his 1924 funeral. She ends up broke and loses her house, but she’s determined to make a living without calling on the mob for help. When the mystic Madam Carlotta, asks her to a séance, Maddie sees opportunity. She offers to research Carlotta’s clients, and discovers she’s good at digging through newspapers and wills and talking with servants. One of the mystic’s clients always cancels her sessions, claiming illness; Maddie learns the woman lost her husband and a nephew to tragedy and she begins to worry that the client could be the target of a killer. Courageous Maddie uses her new skills to attempt to save a life and trap a murderer. VERDICT Miley (“Roaring Twenties” series) returns to the jazz age in this mystery introducing a remarkable amateur sleuth, widow, and mother. It skillfully combines the tantalizing atmosphere of a speakeasy- and mob-filled Chicago, historical figures, and an intriguing mystery.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

Terrific Surprise

My publisher notified me that my newest book had received a (rare) Starred Review from the Library Journal! The book release is June 1.

Miley, Mary. The Mystic’s Accomplice. Severn House. (Mystic’s Accomplice Mystery, Bk. 1). Jun. 2021. 224p.  ISBN 9780727850423. $28.99. Grieving pregnant widow Maddie Pastore didn’t know what her husband did for a living, until the Chicago mob shows up at his 1924 funeral. She ends up broke and loses her house, but she’s determined to make a living without calling on the mob for help. When the mystic Madam Carlotta, asks her to a séance, Maddie sees opportunity. She offers to research Carlotta’s clients, and discovers she’s good at digging through newspapers and wills and talking with servants. One of the mystic’s clients always cancels her sessions, claiming illness; Maddie learns the woman lost her husband and a nephew to tragedy and she begins to worry that the client could be the target of a killer. Courageous Maddie uses her new skills to attempt to save a life and trap a murderer. VERDICT Miley (“Roaring Twenties” series) returns to the jazz age in this mystery introducing a remarkable amateur sleuth, widow, and mother. It skillfully combines the tantalizing atmosphere of a speakeasy- and mob-filled Chicago, historical figures, and an intriguing mystery.—Lesa Holstine, 
Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

Editing New Roaring Twenties book

September 24, 2020

 

I’m working with my editor now on revisions for my new Roaring Twenties book, the first in a mystery series set in 1924 Chicago. The title? THE MYSTIC’S ACCOMPLICE. Severn House plans to publish it first in England in April/May, 2021, then in the US two months later. Soon they’ll start work on the cover art–my favorite part! Can’t wait to see what they come up with.

No More Jail Classes?

July 19, 2020

I was sad when my writing classes at the Richmond City Jail were canceled last March. Back then, I was naive enough to think the hiatus would last a few weeks. It’s become obvious that classes won’t resume for many months, probably not this year . . . maybe never. That makes me sad. The inmates in my class were serious about improving their writing, and I miss our weekly interactions. 

When my writing classes at the Richmond City Jail were canceled back in March due to the pandemic, I naively thought the delay would be for just a few weeks. Now I realize it may be permanent. I miss my classes and my students--all inmates who were serious about improving their writing. I wish I thought classes could resume in 2021, but I am beginning to fear the stoppage may be permanent.

A Book Club in Prison

February 3, 2020

The prison has classrooms and a library.

Book groups often ask authors to visit and talk about one of their books. I enjoy this and go whenever and wherever I’m invited, but today’s visit was a bit unusual. I went to the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland County, where their book club is reading the first in my Roaring Twenties series, The Impersonator. The prison looks rather like a college campus built in the 1930s that has gone a little shabby. I’d love to show you pictures but the only thing I was allowed to bring onto the grounds was my photo ID and my car keys. I found these stock photos online. Our meeting lasted over an hour and the women seemed very interested in the topic and appreciative that I could come.

This is the gate where we check in, like airport security.

Voila! My New Publication

January 4, 2020

My latest book is out, but you can’t buy one. No one can. It’s a corporate history of Markel, the international, Fortune 500 insurance company that was started in 1917 by Sam Markel. Sound dull? Not at all–the story is fascinating and the colorfully illustrated presentation is stunning. Markel executives intend to give it to employees and business associates all over the world. The book was three years in the making, and I’m proud of the result.

The Three-Book-Club Lunch

December 18, 2019

Yesterday I was asked to speak about the Roaring Twenties and my mystery series to a group of 40 seniors who belonged to three book clubs. They had arranged last year to read The Impersonator and come together for my presentation and a Q&A–and a lovely lunch!

All Henrico Reads: Introducing Scottoline

April 12, 2019

I was honored to be asked to introduce best-selling author Lisa Scottoline to a crowd of 1,200 fans last Wednesday night. Lisa was the featured author for 2019’s All Henrico Reads program and came to Richmond as part of her publicity tour for her newest book. If she ever decides to retire from writing, she’d make a great stand-up comedian! What a fun evening!

Lady Dunmore Presentation

March 25, 2019

The Fort Pitt Museum (Pittsburgh, PA) sponsored a conference last weekend that focused on Lord Dunmore and his war with the Shawnee. I was invited to give a talk about Lady Dunmore–which was great fun for me since I’m working on a fictionalized biography of the countess. I met and listened to terrific speakers and learned a lot that I can use in my book.