“The orchid, queen of exoticism, a mute observer, slow to reveal the mysteries of her petals. Would that I had such patience, too.” ― Jan Moran


Hello Friends!

It’s an exciting month with a lot to be thankful for, including God’s great mercy towards us.

If all goes well, my novel, Between Us, will be on the market by the end of the month! Wahoo! I hope you enjoy the characters I have grown to love and their story. Meanwhile, get ready for chapter one. I hope to give you a taste of my book and pique your curiosity enough to purchase a copy.  So, keep an eye out for two emails in the next few weeks. The first message will include a hyperlink to chapter one. The second is the official book launch announcement with a link on where you can pick up a copy of Between Us.

CeCe Moore’s Genetic Detective

One of my favorite shows to watch is Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.  During a recent episode, Gates hired a pioneer in autosomal genetic genealogy, CeCe Moore, to locate the lost father of one of his guests. Her genetic genealogy model eliminates people based on age, gender, or location with remarkable accuracy. If Moore finds a DNA match, she can guess their relation by the percentage of shared genetic material. For example, a parent and child share fifty percent of their DNA. A cousin will share 12.5 percent, and so on. Once a link is confirmed, she’ll work backward in time to trace descendants from whom the person and the connection are both descended.

CeCe Moore’s research predicts genetic ancestry, hair color, skin color, eye color, freckling, and face shapes from any ethnic families, even people with a mixed heritage. As her genealogical database grows, the possibility of remaining anonymous is vanishing. Law enforcement agencies are now looking to her to help resolve ongoing crimes and cold cases. “If you are the perpetrator,” she says, “I will find you from a second cousin.”

Wow, I’ll be storing that information in my writing toolbox for the future. If you like to learn more about CeCe Moore, you can find her website at https://cecemoore.com.

That’s all for now! Remember to look out for the two emails coming to your inboxes soon!


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October Newsletter

“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” Neil Armstrong

Happy October friends!

Fall is here, and it’s time to announce the release of my new novel Between Us. If all goes well, I plan to release my novel in November 2020; I hope, before Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for special pricing only available to Harper Gale Book members. 

To keep in touch in-between newsletters, I created a Harper Gale Books FaceBook page. Have you seen it? Please hop on over to @harpergalebooks and LIKE my page. You can also mingle with fellow members, interact with me, or post something fun or exciting about mystery/suspense novels.

This month I want to share with you the fascinating work of Frances Glessner Lee (who had no formal education or degree), yet she founded the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard in 1936. Years later, the State of New Hampshire appointed her the first female captain of the police department. Unable to resist a good mystery, Ms. Lee convinced her supervisors that she could teach the art of investigating crimes using her ability to analyze material evidence and her experiences creating miniatures dioramas!  

Frances Glessner Lee constructed a series of crime scene dioramas, which she called The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death–still used in forensic training today. The eighteen Nutshell dioramas display an excellent level of detail: pencils work, lamps turn on, window blinds move, and drawers open. She even took great pains to knit miniature sweaters and doilies.

Ms. Lee created her crime scene dioramas using news reports and discussions with police officers and morgue employees. Her goal for the collection is not to solve the crime, but to teach how to observe details and search for possible clues to use in the investigation. If you’d like to learn more about the Nutshell Dioramas, click the link to the Death in Diorama website. The same website shows four dioramas scenes with a witness explanation and hints for the officers to observe. I posted two of them here, the other two I’ll share on FaceBook.

Finally, as promised, look out for next month’s newsletter, where I’ll include chapter one of my new novel Between Us

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