Category: Research

I LOVE when mystery novels set in a past era try to stick as closely as possible to true history. It gives me goosebumps to discover that what I’m reading is inspired by actual events and is not too far from the way things really were, especially when it’s difficult to believe people really did/thought/believed that back then. What I’ve found is there’s really nothing new under the sun, only the same, but different.

Bake-Along Live with Amy Marie

Bake-Along Live with Amy Marie

Today at noon MST I go LIVE with fellow BookTuber Amy Marie! Join me and @bookswithamymarie as we bake lemon-rosemary muffins straight out of Mrs. Curry’s cookbook! (Mrs. Curry is my cook character featured in the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries.) Find the recipe here! Subscribe to my YouTube channel! If you enjoy baking, check out …

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Lemon-Rosemary Muffins

Lemon-Rosemary Muffins

“So,” Thomas began, “any sign of your husband, Mrs. Sigmund? Just cream, please,” he said in response to the proffered additives, helping himself to a muffin—yes, definitely lemon but with a sprinkling of rosemary. He was beginning to wonder if Mrs. Curry had been his mother in another life. “No, sir,” the maid said softly, …

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Spice Cookies from 1901

Spice Cookies from 1901

Join me as I try out Christmas recipes circa 1900! Last year, I shared three recipes from three different cookbooks. You can find them here: Gingerbread Delicate Cake Christmas Cookies You can also find all my recipe videos in one easy playlist on my YouTube channel. (Be sure to hit that subscribe button while you’re …

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Three Minute Cake from 1905

Three Minute Cake from 1905

Join me as I try out Christmas recipes circa 1900! Last year, I shared three recipes from three different cookbooks. You can find them here: Gingerbread Delicate Cake Christmas Cookies You can also find all my recipe videos in one easy playlist on my YouTube channel. (Be sure to hit that subscribe button while you’re …

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Apple Pie from 1890-1905

Apple Pie from 1890-1905

Join me as I try out Christmas recipes circa 1900! Last year, I shared three recipes from three different cookbooks. You can find them here: Gingerbread Delicate Cake Christmas Cookies You can also find all my recipe videos in one easy playlist on my YouTube channel. (Be sure to hit that subscribe button while you’re …

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Crazy Maids in a Row Unboxing

Crazy Maids in a Row Unboxing

A little over ONE WEEK TILL RELEASE!! I took the opportunity of unboxing to tell you a little more about the history, locations, returning characters, and more concerning the third book in the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries: Crazy Maids in a Row! Coming October 25th! Thank you for joining me for the unboxing of Crazy Maids …

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Mental Illness in the Gilded Age

Mental Illness in the Gilded Age

SPOILER ALERT! If you have not read Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, please do NOT read this post! If you’ve read Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, and have begun or finished Cupboards All Bared, you’ll know why I felt the need to share more information on the topic of mental illness in the Gilded Age. (You might also …

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Sanborn Maps of Spokane circa 1901

Sanborn Maps of Spokane circa 1901

One of my main sources for researching locations in 1901 Spokane has become Sanborn Maps. Sanborn maps are fire insurance maps, created to show where buildings existed in a city for safety reasons, including where the water mains ran and where the nearest station is. Like most maps of Spokane around my time period, I …

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Historical Locations in Cupboards All Bared

Historical Locations in Cupboards All Bared

Hangman Creek, the Campbell House, and the Montvale Hotel aren’t the only local historical locations featured in Cupboards All Bared. (Each of those links will take you to the in-depth article on those locations.) You’ll find many more little cameos from local Spokane locations throughout the book, like the Spokesman-Review building and Dodson’s jewelry. Check …

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The Montvale Hotel in Cupboards All Bared

The Montvale Hotel in Cupboards All Bared

The third major location featured in Cupboards All Bared is the Montvale Hotel. The Montvale was built in 1899 by Probate Judge John Binkley as one of the first Single Room Occupancy hotels in Spokane. This means it was built for the laborers that were constantly in flux in Spokane, coming through to work on …

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