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.

Cupboards All Bared Release Day!

Cupboards All Bared Release Day!

It’s here! Trumpets sound! *And there was much rejoicing!* That’s right, Cupboards All Bared, Book 2 in the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries, is NOW AVAILABLE! “Murder, con games, and assassination in 1901 Washington state with the President’s life on the line. Ms. Meredith writes another taut and tightly plotted thriller in the Spokane Clock Tower series, one not …

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Cupboards All Bared Newspaper Articles, Countdown Day 1

Cupboards All Bared Newspaper Articles, Countdown Day 1

Tomorrow is release day! Cupboards All Bared, Book 2 in the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries, releases TOMORROW!!!! Today I’ll be sharing the final article before the beginning of the events of the book, but these will continue through this week! Today is May 16, 1901… You can find the complete Spokesman-Review edition here.  Be sure to tell your friends …

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The President is Coming to Spokane!

The President is Coming to Spokane!

The year is 1901, the day, April 16. You reach for your copy of The Spokesman-Review and low-and-behold, you read that President McKinley himself is coming to Spokane, Washington! A few days later, Ohio-born Amasa Campbell, jots off a few letters to friends and family: “The President will be out to visit us about the …

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Gilded Age Tea Etiquette

Gilded Age Tea Etiquette

For those of you who weren’t able to attend our event, we had an incredible tea party this Sunday at Heavenly Special Teas, my favorite local teashop! (Learn about the next event at the bottom of this post!) I thought I’d share some of my readings concerning tea etiquette, since when I was researching for …

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Newspaper Clippings: April 16, 1901

Newspaper Clippings: April 16, 1901

Some of my favorite “easter eggs” to sprinkle throughout the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries are the references to events I found while reading through The Spokesman-Review for the days I’ve set the stories. At the end of one particular day in Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, Marian Kenyon sits back and flips through the April 16, …

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Manito Park Tour

Manito Park Tour

When writing Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Taker, I knew I had to take my characters to Manito Park, but it wasn’t until I began researching that I learned that the park known today as “Manito Park” was originally named “Montrose Park.” Francis Cook, the owner of the land, named it “Montrose” because of the wide variety …

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