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Susan Oleksiw

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"People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading." Logan Pearsall Smith

Born and raised in New England, I have long been fascinated by the traditional New Englander and the way of life found here. My first mystery series features Chief of Police Joe Silva, in the town of Mellingham. The books in the series follow the ups and downs of people in the town but also the changes in Joe's life. He begins as a bachelor and in the most recent books is clearly a happy stepdad.

In the second series, my sleuth is an Indian-American photographer who lives at her aunt's tourist hotel on a popular beach. Raised in India, she has no desire to leave and follow her parents home to the States. She finds herself involved in all sorts of problems trying t
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Alice I would recommend The Heather Hills of Stonewycke (Stonewycke Trilogy #1) by Michael Phillips I LOVED THIS BOOK and its following series, and it has a lot of scottish stuff. :)


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