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 (some available here), and the 9 historical mysteries written by my fictional self, Mary Miley. Severn House is publishing my new mystery series set in Chicago during my favorite decade, the Roaring Twenties: The Mystic’s Accomplice hit US shelves in 2021, Spirits and Smoke was released in early 2022, and the third, Deadly Spirits, later that same year. The fifth, and final, book in the Roaring Twenties series came out in September 2023. It has a murder method (weapon?) that I believe is unique–at least, I have never seen it in all my decades of reading murder mysteries. (Tell me if I’m wrong.) On a personal level, I’m busy at Valley Road Vineyards, working on the bottling assembly line. I’m enjoying traveling again in 2024! 

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My Three Favorites

November 1, 2023


Shepherd.com (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. https://shepherd.com/bboy/2023

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