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M. Ruth Myers

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in Warrensburg, MO, The United States




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M. Ruth Myers is a Shamus Award winning mystery writer. Her Maggie Sullivan mystery series features a Depression era private eye in Dayton, Ohio.

Other novels by the author, who has also written as Mary Ruth Myers, have been translated, optioned for television and condensed in Good Housekeeping. They also have been used in college classes in Japan. She has taught at writers’ conferences across the country including the Antioch, Cape Cod and Mark Twain conferences.

Myers was born in Warrensburg, MO. When she was nine the family moved to Wyoming where she graduated from Cheyenne Central High School. After earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree at the University of Missouri J-School she worked as a reporter and feature writer on daily papers in

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M. Ruth Myers Thanks for your interest and your positive comments, Michael. I'd be lost without outlines. Mine are actually flow charts since I like to make sure I …moreThanks for your interest and your positive comments, Michael. I'd be lost without outlines. Mine are actually flow charts since I like to make sure I have the right rising and falling action to maintain pace. It also helps me keep track of what happens on what day in the story. Many bits that don't appear on the chart make it into the story. A core of organization allows for lots of spontaneity.

Yes, I'll be writing more Maggie Sullivan mysteries. I'm just starting #5 and plan on 10 in all. It will take the series into and through WW2 with attendant changes in characters and society -- always secondary to the mystery. It will end in 1947. The rest of the series, with character and story arcs, is already roughed out.(less)
M. Ruth Myers Oh, that's a tough one, Wyshona. In fact you've kind of inspired me to do a blog post about this so I can answer more thoroughly. In the years covered…moreOh, that's a tough one, Wyshona. In fact you've kind of inspired me to do a blog post about this so I can answer more thoroughly. In the years covered by the first four books of this series, middle-class women such as Maggie still couldn't afford that many clothes. The fact Maggie is a businesswoman means she has to spend on a couple of good (though by no means top-of-the-line) items she can mix and match, so she can't really indulge in favorites.

If she could, I'd say she probably would choose blue, to match her eyes. Her one foray into fancy undies -- which ended badly -- was blue. But she also likes dark green, and the brighter pinks. And you know when it comes to hats, she'd love just about anything.

Thanks for writing, and excuse the tardy reply. I've been finishing the fourth book in the series.(less)
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How America’s Pledge of Allegiance Differed in World War II



The Pledge of Allegiance we recite today is different than the one recited by the characters who populate the Maggie Sullivan mysteries, and by America’s real-life citizens throughout the 1940s.

Do you know how it differs?

It’s a matter of only two words.

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Those words, and the change, were drilled into my brain because of my mother, one of the women whose stories, hijinx and attitud

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Description: When a man offers 1940s private investigator Maggie Sullivan twice her usual fee to look into a "possible" jewelry theft from his hotel safe, she’s skeptical — until a maid’s body tumbles out of a trash can and a jeweler known for high quality fakes is murdered. Does a hotel guest who vanished without a trace hold a piece of the puzzle? Or does it have to do with the Polish count and his family fleeing the start of WW2 in Europe? Could the cops be right that it’s all a trick devised by her client? More at ease in Dayton, Ohio’s, streets and alleyways than in the posh Hotel Canterbury, and chafing under the need to hide her true occupation, Maggie threads her way through an unfamiliar array of suspects: Celluloid luminaries in town for a hush-hush project; an international Lothario whose shady local past she unearths; the count’s embittered valet. Meanwhile, preparations for a visit by FDR preoccupy the city’s police. The Irish cop who long has wooed Maggie suddenly departs for Chicago. Alone and bruised, Maggie faces adversaries whose motives stun her... and a killer who will stop at nothing.
TOUGH COOKIE (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: When Depression-era private eye Maggie Sullivan is invited to dine with a millionaire, she doesn’t expect the first course to be a gun in her face. It draws her into a gold-plated web of theft, revenge, double crosses and murder. A big-time swindle has made fools of some of the city’s wealthiest businessmen. The man behind it has vanished. When Maggie begins asking questions, he reappears – dead in the river. But she’s already learned too much. Someone’s out to silence her too. Armed with her .38 and a nip of gin, Maggie closes in on a killer as a mobster offers a hint, a cop unsettles her with his chemistry, and a woman with deadly potential plays a game by her own rules.
A TOUCH OF MAGIC (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: A dazzling sleight-of-hand artist is recruited by the State Department to pit her skills – and wits – against a master terrorist. He’s about to receive a piece of stolen film used to make US passports, film that could open the door to terrorists around the world. Although Channing Stuart is the fourth generation in a family of acclaimed magicians, she’s the first of them not to turn pro. Eye-to-eye with a killer, will she have the nerve and nimbleness to pull off a switch that finally proves her worthy of her bloodline? Special agent Bill Ellery is irritated to find himself suddenly teamed with this amateur whose passion to succeed is as great as his own, and whose penchant for the unpredictable unsettles him as much as the woman herself.
No Game for a Dame (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Private eye Maggie Sullivan knows the streets of Depression era Dayton, Ohio as well as she knows an emery board. With a gin bottle in her desk, a .38 under her seat, and a great pair of legs she can hold her own against the toughest opponent.

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“...the coldness settling in his stomach confirmed a truth that had been hiding at the back of his mind. He sat devastated by it, wondering how he could be such a fool. He and Kate were so far apart he might as well be in love with the moon.”
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“Two old maids who wanted to hire me had asked me to tea, so I’d treated my nails to a fresh coat of raspberry pink and put on a hat that matched and a Smith & Wesson that didn’t.”
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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“I am a book.

Sheaves pressed from the pulp of oaks and pines
a natural sawdust made dingy from purses, dusty
from shelves.
Steamy and anxious, abused and misused,
kissed and cried over,
smeared, yellowed, and torn,
loved, hated, scorned.

I am a book.

I am a book that remembers,
days when I stood proud in good company
When the children came, I leapt into their arms,
when the women came, they cradled me against their soft breasts,
when the men came, they held me like a lover,
and I smelled the sweet smell of cigars and brandy as we sat together in leather chairs,
next to pool tables, on porch swings, in rocking chairs,
my words hanging in the air like bright gems, dangling,
then forgotten, I crumbled,
dust to dust.

I am a tale of woe and secrets,
a book brand-new, sprung from the loins of ancient fathers clothed in tweed,
born of mothers in lands of heather and coal soot.
A family too close to see the blood on its hands,
too dear to suffering, to poison, to cold steel and revenge,
deaf to the screams of mortal wounding,
amused at decay and torment,
a family bred in the dankest swamp of human desires.

I am a tale of woe and secrets,
I am a mystery.

I am intrigue, anxiety, fear,
I tangle in the night with madmen, spend my days cloaked in black,
hiding from myself, from dark angels,
from the evil that lurks within
and the evil we cannot lurk without.

I am words of adventure,
of faraway places where no one knows my tongue,
of curious cultures in small, back alleys, mean streets,
the crumbling house in each of us.

I am primordial fear, the great unknown,
I am life everlasting.
I touch you and you shiver, I blow in your ear and you follow me,
down foggy lanes, into places you've never seen,
to see things no one should see,
to be someone you could only hope to be.

I ride the winds of imagination on a black-and-white horse,
to find the truth inside of me, to cure the ills inside of you,
to take one passenger at a time over that tall mountain,
across that lonely plain to a place you've never been
where the world stops for just one minute
and everything is right.

I am a mystery.

-Rides a Black and White Horse”
Lise McClendon

“Life is a beautiful magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish.”
Charles Chaplin

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Dale Thele M., thank you for accepting my friend request. I've downloaded No Game for a Dame, looking forward to reading it. Wish you the very best during this new year!

Jane Reads (Jane in SC) I am really enjoying The Whiskey Tide! Too much so - I was up until 3am last night. I couldn't stop reading your book!

You and Kate are bad influences on me - lol. I'm 51% finished, and anxious to get back to it. I hope I can complete it tomorrow.

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Caity thanks for the add, and for joining my group! :D

Robert Thanks for accepting my friend request, M.

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M. Myers M. wrote: "Thanks so much, Susan Jo."

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M. Myers Thanks so much, Susan Jo.

Susan Jo Grassi Ruth, I just finished No Game for a Dame. I LOVED it! Can't wait for more.

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LJ Welcome to the wonderful world of odd, M. It's a fascinating place to be.

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Beth Howdy! Thanks for sending a friend request to this fellow Sister in Crime--and for the compliments. :)
- Beth

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