Novel Crimes: Fact and Fiction Blur in Four Stories of Aspiring Mystery Writers

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Barbour Pub., 2003 - Fiction - 349 pages
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When four women begin writing mystery books, they suddenly find themselves entering new lives of intrigue, danger - even love. Will their longing for adventure on paper take them to perilous places in real life? In this intriguing novella compilation, you'll meet four fascinating women: Tina suspects her tall, dark, and mysterious neighbor is a real-life villian. When a local murder bears the markings of an organized crime job - and the criminal evidence mounts against the hunk next door - will Tina's hunches prove true? Raine develops a fictional cast of suspicious characters based on people in her own life. But those same people become actual suspects when Raine determines they're planning to steal her inherited art collection. Will suspect number one make Raine laughingstock number one? As she writes about crime, Justine begins to face mysterious "accidents" and suspicious happenings. She finds herself being stalked. . .but is it by a rogue meaning her harm - or a friend trying to help? Fear fills Cassie's heart when her on-paper tragedies occur in real life - complete with details from her plots. But only one man knows what she's writing - could he be a murderer in disguise? While these women plot intrigue, could God be plotting a much larger story - one involving love?

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I quite enjoyed reading this although the focus was not so much on the mystery, but on the lives of each of the four aspiring mystery authors, and the challenges that they underwent in their attempt to separate reality from fiction. Read full review

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Adoption has played a big part in Susan's life. She and her minist

PAMELA GRIFFIN lives in Texas with her family. She fully gave her life to Christ in 1988 after a rebellious young adulthood and owes the fact that she's still alive today to an all-loving and forgiving God and to a mother who steadfastly prayed and had faith that God could bring her wayward daughter "home." Pamela's main goal in writing Christian romance is to help and encourage those who do know the Lord and to plant a seed of hope in those who don't.

Susan May Warren is a former missionary to Russia and an award-winning writer known for her Christian fiction and romance novels. Happily Ever After, Warren's first book, won the American Fiction Christian Writers Book of the Year award in 2003 and was also a 2003 Christy Award finalist. She has since written 14 novels, several novellas and short stories, and two works of nonfiction. Warren currently lives in Minnesota.

Diann Hunt was born in Muncie, Indiana on August 2, 1955. During her lifetime, she wrote 25 books including Hot Flashes and Cold Cream and For Better or For Worse, which was adapted into a Hallmark Channel film. She died from ovarian cancer on November 29, 2013 at the age of 58.

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