J.R. Lindermuth

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in Shamokin PA, The United States



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J.R. Lindermuth lives and writes in central Pennsylvania. A retired newspaper editor/writer, he is also librarian of his county historical society where he assists clients with research and genealogy.
He's the author of 20 published novels and two regional histories He has published stories and articles in a variety of magazines, both print and on-line.
He is a member of International Thriller Writers and is a former vice president of the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

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J.R. Lindermuth As a former police reporter and as a genealogist I've encountered many mysteries which could provide the plot for a book. One from genealogy that has …moreAs a former police reporter and as a genealogist I've encountered many mysteries which could provide the plot for a book. One from genealogy that has haunted me for a long time is the disappearance of a cousin of my maternal grandfather.
Mary (Mame) Sears Reader left Sunbury PA in 1882 to join her husband Joseph Reader, who had assumed a new job in another area of the state. Friends saw her off at the station and another testified later he'd spoken to her on the train. Yet she failed to arrive at her destination.
There was no information that she intended to leave her husband, and almost all the Sears family think she was foully dealt with during her trip. But then comes the question of motive, and the mysterious disappearance. If she had been murdered where was the body? The husband later filed for divorce and remarried. The mystery remains unsolved. (less)
J.R. Lindermuth It's been said many times by many others and it still rings true--read and write until your imagination overflows.…moreIt's been said many times by many others and it still rings true--read and write until your imagination overflows.(less)
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Things Could Be Worse

We live in a time of adversity. Some might call it the worst of times. Yet, some have said the same of other times. That's, coincidentally, true of the Spanish flu of 1918. My great-uncle and namesake was at Camp Funston in Kansas where some historians believe it originated. My relative was one of the fortunate who survived that pandemic which claimed an estimated 50 million lives around the globe Read more of this blog post »
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Description: Geronimo and rascally half-breed Indian scout Mickey Free have never been friends. Yet, Mickey has already saved Geronimo's life twice (without acknowledgement) and is the only one who can keep the great Apache leader out of the sniper's sights now. The sniper has already murdered several tribal leaders and Mickey believes it's all a plot to prompt a great runaway from the hated San Carlos reservation. Mickey's efforts are stymied by Al Sieber, head of scouts, and John Clum, reservation agent, as well as suspicion of other Indians. Adding to his problems, Mickey is in love with a girl whose name he keeps forgetting to ask and who may be allied to the plot. Only perseverance, risk to his life and, eventually, Geronimo's help will enable Mickey to resolve this dangerous situation.
Shares The Darkness, 7th in the Sticks Hetrick crime series (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Jan Kepler and Swatara Creek Police Officer Flora Vastine were neighbors and schoolmates, but never close. When Jan, a school teacher, avid birder and niece of a fellow officer, goes missing and is found dead in a nearby tract of woods Flora finds herself thrust into the middle of an examination of the other woman's life, as she searches for clues. As usual, the police have more than one crime to deal with. There’s illegal timbering and a series of vehicle thefts taking up their time. And there are other issues to deal with. Flora is concerned there’s some shakiness in her relationship with Cpl. Harry Minnich who seems to be making a lot of secretive phone calls. Still Flora maintains focus on the murder. Despite evidence implicating other suspects, the odd behavior of another former classmate rouses Flora’s suspicion. Flora’s probing opens personal wounds as she observes the cost of obsessive love and tracks down the killer.
Something So Divine (Mystery & Thrillers)
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A Burning Desire, 6th in the Sticks Hetrick crime series (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: As the 19th century winds to a close, Sheriff Sylvester Tilghman of the small Pennsylvania town of Arahpot ponders his biggest problems: finding a new deputy and convincing his true love, Lydia, to marry him. But an early autumn day finds Arahpot's usual tranquility shaken when a stranger is fatally stabbed. Upon seeing the victim, Tilghman recalls witnessing a strained encounter between him and Valentine Deibert, an obese man with a wife half his age, who had recently moved to Arahpot. The sheriff questions Deibert who denies knowing the victim. Tilghman is unconvinced, but lacks a connection until the widow arrives in town. Suddenly Sylvester is plunged into investigating two murders. As he works through an abundance of motivated suspects, Tilghman finds himself in danger. And worse--Lydia is pushing her obnoxious cousin as a candidate for deputy.
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Catherine Stine Thanks for friending. Hopping over to check out your blog now.
Cheeers, Catherine Stine

Jeannie and Louis Rigod Lovely to have a new 'friend' here. Thanks.

Christine Hatfield thanks for adding me as a friend

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Leon Shure Thanks for the thanks,


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J.R. Dick wrote: "J.R., it was my pleasure to accept your friendship today ... both for the friendship and for discovering your books. I marked a couple to-read. I also wandered here and in Amazon doing fanning an..."

Thanks...for the friendship, comment on the books and the information on Iles. I have read a couple of his other books and want to read more. I do like his style.
Your book sounds like one I want to read, too. Hope to talk to you more later.

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Dick Peterson J.R., it was my pleasure to accept your friendship today ... both for the friendship and for discovering your books. I marked a couple to-read. I also wandered here and in Amazon doing fanning and liking clicks in some of your places. I noticed that you have read Turning Angel by Greg Iles. It was the middle of three of his books concerning Penn Cage. You rated it with four stars, and I gave it five. Truth be known, the other two Penn Cage books are significantly better. The Quiet Game is the first one. The Devil's Punchbowl is the second. Unwritten Laws: The Bone Tree and Unwritten Laws: The Trial of Tom Cage are two volumes that will come out in 2012 and will continue the saga of Penn Cage. I believe Iles will knock it out of the park with these two. They were originally to be one book but got expanded. He says the two volumes will be the equivalent of three of his normal works. He would have had the first out before yearend, but he was in a bad auto accident in March. They did some repair to his aorta, his right leg below the knee had to be amputated, and a few other things. He's out of the woods now. I think the guy is a genius. I just thought I'd give you a heads up. If you read TQG and TDP before the two new ones come out, you'll be set.

message 23: by Gerald

Gerald Griffin J.R., thank you for accepting my friendship. Hope your holiday season was a pleasant one. Though the holidays have psaaed, may I ask you for a belated Christmas gift: would you please visit my website, www.authorgeraldgriffin.com, and sign my Guest Book. It would be a special gift to see you there!


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Lisa Kessler Hi JR -

Thanks so much for voting for Moonlight in the Writing with the Stars contest!!! I really appreciate your support...

I'll let you know if we make it to the next round... *fingers crossed*

Lisa :)

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J.R. Thanks. Nice meeting you and I will check out your profile.

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P.Q. Glisson Thanks for becoming my friend. Please take a moment to peruse my profile, get to know me and my writings.

I read a couple of your blurbs. Your books look really interesting and I am going to put them on my TBR list. :)

Have a great day!!

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Regulo Jr. Hi J.R., Thanks for the Friend add on! It's an honor to meet you. I look forward to reading your book! Please drop me a message on my "Wall" when you get a chance. I look forward to talking to you again. I Thank you for All Your Troop Support!

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Kae Cheatham Thanks for the friend invite. I've 1-clicked your book, Something in Common.
And a something in common here is my book Daughter of the Stone was first published by Whiskey Creek.

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Maria Thanks for voting, J.R.!!!!

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J.R. Shalonda wrote: "The new year is here and I am excited that you will see great things. Peace"

Thank you, Shalonda. I hope the new year will bring great things for you as well.

Shalonda Williams-McClendon The new year is here and I am excited that you will see great things. Peace

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J.R. Shalonda,
Thanks so much for including me in your goodreads list. Happy holidays and best regards,
Shalonda wrote: "Hey there, Just stopping to say hi. Thanks for the friendship. Added a book of yours to my goodreads listmania list. Many Blessings.

Shalonda "Treasure" Williams
Author of [book:PurposeFull You|7..."

Shalonda Williams-McClendon Hey there, Just stopping to say hi. Thanks for the friendship. Added a book of yours to my goodreads listmania list. Many Blessings.

Shalonda "Treasure" Williams
Author of PurposeFull You

Jennifer Chase Thanks for the friendship! Your books sound like a great read.
Take care,

message 11: by Louise

Louise Thanks for the add, John!

take care,


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Roger Cottrell Hi JR,
Always good to meet a new friend on Goodreads and I see you're acquainted with my mate Jeremy Shipp,

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Catz Thanks J.R., I'll have to read your books soon. Looks very interesting. Have a great day!

Dianne Ascroft Thanks for the friend request, J.R. I see we have something in common - I'm also involved with my local historical society. I'm the secretary of our group.

Dianne Ascroft,
author, 'Hitler and Mars Bars'

Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me yesterday. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


Jeremy Here’s wishing you a nifty New Year filled with noiseless noses, neato nicknames, noble Nebraskans, gnarly narcoleptic nebulas, and novel novels about nut-eating narwhals and novercaphobic gnats.

-Jeremy :)

P.S.—I’m currently offering autographed/personally-inscribed copies of my novel, Vacation, with free shipping for those in the US. If there’s anything you could do to help me spread the word about this, I’d really appreciate it. Feel free to click here for details:

Jeremy Hi J.R.!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)

message 4: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:58PM)

Jeremy Thanks for sharing, J.R.! And thanks for the interest in my novel. If you end up reading it someday, I hope you enjoy it.

Here’s wishing you a fantastic day filled with fabulous fates, fanciful festivities, and frolicking phantom footstools.

-Jeremy :)

message 3: by Karen (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:57PM)

Karen Hi, thanks , i will have to read your book, i grew up outside shamokin, in overlook. Thanks for the add....

message 2: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM)

Jeremy Hey J.R.!

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite book of all time?

Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with wacky whims, wonderful weirdness, and well-disposed werecats.

-Jeremy :)

message 1: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:55PM)

Jeremy Thanks for the friendship, J.R.! And here's wishing you the best in all aspects of your life.


PS--if you end up checking out any of my work at some point, I'd love to hear what you think.

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