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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 private eye in Dayton, Ohio in the years 1938-1946.

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 p
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M. Ruth Myers I'm so glad that you're enjoying the series, Elaine. Special thanks for recommending them to your friends. Book 9, Victory Garter, is with the proofre…moreI'm so glad that you're enjoying the series, Elaine. Special thanks for recommending them to your friends. Book 9, Victory Garter, is with the proofreader and, hopefully, will be available late this month. One more book is planned after that, and maybe a few more short stories.(less)
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)
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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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Good locked room mystery. Some elements were introduced too late in the story for my taste, and conversation was often stilted. Nice window into the writing, especially mystery writing, of that era.
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This is Hiaasen at his best and funniest. The mystery is meticulously plotted, with every domino in place before they start to fall. Who wouldn't cheer for a cop demoted to restaurant inspector because of an unfortunate assault with a hand vac? He's ...more
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This was a new author for me, and I'll read more in this series. While I thought a couple of gags were repeated too often, the book is fun and the mystery well crafted, with a nice twist at the end. ...more
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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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“Indifferent to my questions the city around me kept its routine.”
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“leave her out of this’ that it”
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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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message 9: by Dale

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 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.


message 7: by Caity

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


Robert Thanks for accepting my friend request, M.


message 5: by M.

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


message 4: by M.

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.


message 2: by LJ

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


message 1: by Beth

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


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