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View More: http://photographybynicolejohnson.pass.us/laurenjohnweddingWelcome to my online home. Here’s where I open the door and invite you inside to meet my literary family: my 15 nonfiction books, 200 magazine articles (many available online here, and the 7 historical mysteries written by my fictional self, Mary Miley. I’ve signed a contract with Severn House to publish my new mystery series set in Chicago during my favorite decade, the 1920s. The first The Mystic’s Accomplice, hit US shelves on June 1; the second, Spirits and Smoke, will be released in ebook on Dec. 1 and in hardcover on January 4, 2022. I’ve just finished writing the third (working title: Deadly Instruments). On a personal level, I’m busy at Valley Road Vineyards, helping plant new vines on the acreage we recently purchased and harvesting this fall’s grapes. I’m eager to start traveling again in 2022!

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News & Events

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.

Articles & Podcasts

Vanishing Articles Reappear at Last

Colonial Williamsburg recently re-posted on its website the back issues of its national magazine, The Journal, and its more recent iteration, Trends & Traditions. Articles from twenty years ago are available to the general public once again, with accompanying illustrations and other features. Dozens of my own articles are among them. https://research.colonialwilliamsburg.org/foundation/journal/feature2.cfm?fbclid=IwAR0e558V2CB7ZjmebhbiO0Nib-dW8zCaCHCM_WcUClReYve-BYyC3qhPvT8