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New Release: Murder at Maple Ridge, a Small Town mystery

Kate Morgan loves a good mystery. She’s an avid reader and she recently…


Added by Patricia Gligor on September 14, 2019 at 6:37am — No Comments

Just in time for Halloween

The first book in my Malone mystery series, Mixed Messages, is FREE today through Tuesday.

Here's an excerpt from the book:

Ann went directly to her grandmother’s grave and stooped down to clear away the debris that covered the inscription on the tombstone. She heard a noise behind her that sounded like light footsteps making their way through the dried leaves and twigs. She glanced over her shoulder, expecting to see one of the neighborhood kids. She knew that they often cut…


Added by Patricia Gligor on October 28, 2018 at 6:18pm — No Comments

New covers for the Malone mysteries!

My publisher and I recently terminated our contract and I've self-published all five of my Malone mysteries, which included creating new covers for them.

If you haven't read my series - or even if you have - I hope you'll go to my amazon page and check them out.

Added by Patricia Gligor on October 16, 2018 at 9:53am — No Comments

Secrets in Storyville, a small town mystery

Kate Morgan, a single mother, lives in the small town of Storyville, Ohio where she grew up. A want-to-be author, she works as a sales clerk in the town’s only department store doing what she describes as “a job a monkey could do.” Although she’s bored with her…


Added by Patricia Gligor on July 3, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

New release: Marnie Malone

Someone is stalking Marnie!…


Added by Patricia Gligor on March 14, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

New Release: Mistaken Identity

Ann's idyllic vacation takes an unexpected turn when she discovers the body of a young woman on the beach.

Ann feels like she’s in Paradise as she digs her toes into the soft, white sand and…


Added by Patricia Gligor on June 25, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Step into Springtime and a Mystery

As Ann Kern starts her new business as an interior decorator, the temperatures have risen, tulips and daffodils are in bloom and there’s a feeling of endless possibilities in the air. She has no idea that her world is about to be turned upside down.

When Janis Riley, a woman for whom money is no object, contacts Ann to redecorate her house, Ann is elated. But…


Added by Patricia Gligor on March 19, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

"Mixed Messages" is FREE on Kindle TODAY

Ann Kern fears for her life as circumstances suggest the Westwood Strangler may be someone close to her.

"Mixed Messages," the first novel in my Malone mystery series, is FREE today on Kindle. Here's the link:…


Added by Patricia Gligor on April 28, 2013 at 11:55am — No Comments

Unfinished Business

The Westwood Strangler is dead. Or so everyone believes.

Ann Kern is busy preparing for her favorite holiday. She’s especially looking forward to her sister’s annual Christmas visit. But, several things threaten to ruin her festive mood.

The National Weather…


Added by Patricia Gligor on December 21, 2012 at 7:59am — 1 Comment

Meeting Mary Higgins Clark changed my life

This is Day 12 of the Mystery We Write blog tour. Today I'm visiting with S.R. Claridge, talking about my childhood dream to become a publisher author. Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of my mystery novel, Unfinished Business.…


Added by Patricia Gligor on December 7, 2012 at 6:28am — No Comments

Mystery We Write Blog Tour

Beginning Monday, November 26, and continuing through Monday, December 10, I will be participating in the Mystery We Write Blog Tour. Each day I will feature a different author on my blog and, in turn, I'll be featured each day on one of fifteen blogs.…


Added by Patricia Gligor on November 23, 2012 at 6:40am — No Comments

In the Spirit of Halloween

My mystery/suspense novel, Mixed Messages, takes place the last week of October, which, of course, includes Halloween. As I was doing research for the book, I discovered some interesting facts about the combination secular and religious origin and history of the holiday.…


Added by Patricia Gligor on October 29, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

It takes a village

            For the past few weeks, whenever I had the chance, I've been working on a book trailer for my mystery novel, Mixed Messages, and I've finally completed it.

            I'd never done a trailer before and, let me tell you, creating it was both frustrating and fun. I can laugh now when I think about how many times my…


Added by Patricia Gligor on August 15, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

True Story: Cincinnati Strangler terrorized city

     In 1965-1966, my main interests were boys, learning how to drive so I could get my driver’s license and school, pretty much in that order. So I paid little attention to the news, never realizing how what was going on then (in my city) would mirror the novel I would write many years later.
     You see, I learned something recently that actually gave me chills. From October 1965 to December 1966, a man attacked, raped and…

Added by Patricia Gligor on May 10, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

A Dream Come True

I’ve wanted to be a published author since I was a little girl. Like most girls my age, I read every Judy Bolton and Nancy Drew mystery; they were among my most prized possessions. When I was ten years old, I submitted a poem I’d written to my Sunday school magazine. I can still remember how thrilled I was when I saw my name printed under the title. My first byline! Now, many years later (no need to tell how many), I feel…


Added by Patricia Gligor on March 23, 2012 at 7:41am — No Comments

Write That Novel

A comment on one of my posts reminded me of how I came to finally write my first novel. Laura wrote, “Someday I may be brave enough to write, but I only manage to get so far and then stop.” I understand how she feels because, although I never had a problem writing short stories, the thought of writing a novel overwhelmed me. My dream had always been to write novels but something held me back. A novel!…

Added by Patricia Gligor on February 24, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Devil's in the Details

Writing a series can be a challenge. When you're writing the second or third book, it can be difficult to keep track of all the details you’ve already written in the first book. As G. Thomas Gill commented on one of my recent posts, Stand Alone vs. Series Novels, “to remember each and every little detail about your character, like what he drinks, the color car she drives, or his detest of Thai…

Added by Patricia Gligor on February 17, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Creating Characters

The process of creating a character is like conceiving, carrying and giving birth to a baby who will, no doubt, have Mom’s nose or Grandpa’s ears. While I didn’t consciously model the characters in Mixed Messages or the subsequent novels in my Malone mystery series after myself or anyone else, there are bits and pieces of me and people I know in each of them: a physical…

Added by Patricia Gligor on February 10, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Truth IS stranger than Fiction

In real life, when we hear of someone doing something bizarre or out of character, we often wonder, “What on earth possessed him to do that?” And, if we know the person, we might even think “That’s not like him.” But, since we know that he did it, we have no choice but to shrug our shoulders, shake our heads, accept it and move on. It happened; it’s a fact. In real…

Added by Patricia Gligor on February 3, 2012 at 8:28am — No Comments

How do you choose a Title?

How do writers choose the titles for their novels? When I think of some of my favorite authors, Mary Higgins Clark comes immediately to mind. She often uses the titles of old songs. For example, You Belong to Me, Let Me Call You Sweetheart and All Around the Town. James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club Series starts with 1st to Die and is up to The 10th Anniversary. And, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone…

Added by Patricia Gligor on January 27, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment


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