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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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Crazy Maids in a Row Book Trailer

Crazy Maids in a Row Book Trailer

Crazy Maids in a Row, Book 3 in the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries, releases October 25! COMING OCTOBER 25! Now available for pre-order wherever books are sold! Let the countdown begin! “Her books are a high that no drug can match.” — @purposeofabook, Bookstagram Reviewer “Page-turning addicting!” — @thegingermorticia, Bookstagram Reviewer “All the Agatha Christie …

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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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Hangman Creek in Cupboards All Bared

Hangman Creek in Cupboards All Bared

We’re going to jump now to another important location in the book: where they find the body. Once I knew the events of the second book had to include McKinley’s visit and the Campbells, I needed a way to tie in a murder. Just down the road from the Campbell House is Overlook Park, which …

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Spokesman-Review Interview

Spokesman-Review Interview

Exciting news! I was interviewed by The Spokesman-Review! The very same paper that I’m always searching for research for my books! I am now part of that history! Read the full article here. Special thanks to Cindy Hval for interviewing me! We had an incredible conversation about books—mine and others. Be sure to join me …

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The Campbell Family in Cupboards All Bared

The Campbell Family in Cupboards All Bared

Cupboards All Bared, Book 2 in the Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries, is direct proof that reading old newspaper articles can be incredibly inspiring to historical mystery writing! While researching for the first book, originally set in early May 1901, I stumbled across this article: There’s nothing quite like reading articles from the time period to …

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Campbell House Reading

Campbell House Reading

I’ve shared a final reading from Cupboards All Bared over on YouTube! This one’s a long one, and very special, because it includes photographs of the Campbell House to go with the reading! You can learn more about the Campbell House here on my website, and I’ll be sharing more next week! MARK YOUR CALENDARS! …

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Cupboards All Bared Reading 4

Cupboards All Bared Reading 4

In this reading we return to the body in Hangman Creek, a location you can still visit today, this time to introduce two real-life historical figures: Coroner Nathan M. Baker and Officer Walter Lawson. You can learn more about both of them in my blog here about historical characters. In this sequel to Butcher, Baker, Candlestick …

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