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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. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/mary-miley/deadly-spirits/

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! https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781448306848

 

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!

https://historycamp.org/mary-miley-theobald-death-by-petticoat-american-history-myths-debunked/

Introducing Spirits & Smoke

January 4, 2022

This month marks the release of the second in the Mystic’s Accomplice series, Spirits and Smoke. The publisher brought it out first in hardcover and as an ebook–the paperback version will be released in August. I was thrilled that it merited a rare starred review in the Library Journal, and then learned it got a second starred review in Publishers Weekly. I’ve never written a book that got TWO starred reviews!

The story features Maddie Pastore, a reluctant sleuth struggling to survive in 1925 Chicago, when gangsters ruled the streets and Prohibition turned law-abiding citizens into criminals. The word “Spirits” in the title refers both to bootleg hooch and to the ghosts a fraudulent medium conjures up in her seances; “Smoke” is present at the seances and is also Twenties slang for deadly wood alcohol, the murder weapon of choice in this whodunnit. Available at your local library, bookstores, and online.

Surprise at the Hospital

November 14, 2021

On a visit to St. Mary’s Hospital this week (never mind the reason), I was stunned to find both sides of their main first-floor hallway lined with panels showing images and quotations from the book I wrote for them five years ago. The book, a history of the hospital and the Bon Secours Catholic sisters, is still for sale in their gift shop. It’s really a treasure–check it out if you find yourself at St. Mary’s Hospital.

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.