Mary Miley
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Mary Miley

I'm an Army brat who has lived in Virginia most of my adult life. I received my BA and MA in history from the College of William and Mary and taught American history and museum studies at Virginia Commonwealth University for thirteen years. I am the author of 200 magazine articles, most on history, travel, and business topics, and of a dozen nonfiction books. The Impersonator (2013) was my first foray into fiction (and it won the national Mystery Writers of America award for Best First Crime Novel); Silent Murders (2014) is a sequel. The third, Renting Silence, came out in 2016 and the fourth, Murder in Disguise, in 2017. I'm having a ball with the Roaring Twenties era and my characters, who are starting to seem like family! Meanwhile, I have a new gothic romantic mystery, Stolen Memories, available in paperback and as an ebook. In first grade I took a shine to Show and Tell and have never stopped. Whenever I teach or lecture, I bring Stuff along with me, historical Stuff that helps paint a picture of my subject or era. For my Roaring Twenties mystery series, I've been collecting items that relate to both period and plot. So far I have a dozen vaudeville programs, two beaded flapper dresses that belonged to my grandmother, some period magazines and advertisements, a blown-glass fisherman's float, and most recently, a bottle of mercury bichloride (empty!), the medicine/poison that figures in Silent Murders. The Roaring Twenties is the most fascinating decade in American history and the perfect setting for a mystery series.

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