Please stop in this Saturday afternoon at Once Upon a Crime Mystery Bookstore in south Minneapolis (604 West 26th St., just 1/2 block east of Lyndale.) I’ll be signing books 1-3 PM and would love it if you’d come and help support this fabulous independent bookstore.

The five members of the No Ordinary Women book club have a collective age of just over 250.  They have experienced some serious things in life–career changes, health problems, marriage difficulties. Throw in a hot flash or two, a few senior moments, and the kind of moxie you can acquire only by living life courageously.  In other words, these are people you know–your mother, your next-door neighbor, your sister, your best friend . . .

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“This whodunit fairly jumps off the page, with the women’s’ expertise in investigation providing the focal point for the plot. The lifestyle of the Cities shines through, and each character adds to the spirit of the tale.”  ~ Shelley Glodowski, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review


“. . . a fun and realistic group of characters with a typical Midwestern flair.   Spirited Away blends elements of mystery and suspense with aspects of human interest, exploring cancer survival, mother/daughter relationships, and adjusting to a seniors environment . . ..”  ~Valerie Porter at Valerietalksbooks.


“. . . a series that keeps getting better and better.  All the regulars are back, as sensitively and heartwarmingly portrayed as ever.  But Deese takes the reader on a more complex journey this time – into the troubled past of one of the No Ordinary Women book club members.”  ~Walter J. Roers, author of The PactPathos Rising and Tyger! Tyger!

FESTIVAL OF CRIME (not part of the No Ordinary Women mystery series)

“. . . Among the better stories is Barbara Merritt Deese’s “Release,” set at a mass release of raptors rehabilitated in captivity, during which an abused woman finds her own release. ~ Publisher’s Weekly

“Most of the tales in this surprisingly diverse collection are about bad girls–cool, cunning, courageous, caring, sentimental, sly, savage, sexy, wicked and eye-poppingly bad girls. Story after story is a revelation, filled with devious characters, perfect twists, and writing that’s sure to rough you up a little.” ~ Edgar Award winner, David Housewright


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