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Susan Van Kirk

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Susan Van Kirk was born in Galesburg, Illinois, and educated at Knox College (BA) and University of Illinois (M.Ed). She taught for thirty-four years at Monmouth High School in Monmouth, Illinois,(1968-2002), and an additional ten years at Monmouth College (2002-2012.)

Her story, “War and Remembrance,” was published in Teacher Magazine in March/April 2006. She wrote a memoir of her teaching life in "The Education of a Teacher (Including Dirty Books and Pointed Looks)," published 2010.

Her first mystery, "Three May Keep a Secret," was published in late 2014 by Five Star Publishing. The next mystery in this series, "Marry in Haste," came out November 2016. These books are part of The Endurance Series, named after the small town that is the set
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Happy Birthday to Mystery # 5

Proud to announce the birthday of my fifth mystery. Dru Ann Love interviewed my main character, Beth Russell, https://drusbookmusing.com/ today. Available at Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, and from my publisher, Encircle Publications. Available in both ebook and paperback as of June 15, 2019.



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The Education of a Teacher (Including Dirty Books and Pointed Looks) (Biographies & Memoirs)
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Description: I spent thirty-four years teaching in an Illinois high school, and these stories from my career prove what a unique, rewarding, and amazing life you can have in the teaching profession. Many of these stories are humorous,some are sad, but all are both inspirational and illuminating when it comes to describing the profession I love so well. And if you’re just looking for some good human interest stories, you have come to the right place! Told as creative stories, these tales are nevertheless based on real events. You’ll read about my early fears as a rookie teacher, the hilarious student plots to overthrow me, and a major challenge to a Kurt Vonnegut book in my classroom, among other tales. Please come with me on this adventure that is the story of a town, a school, and the students who taught me.

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Connie Berry's "A Legacy of Murder" is a wonderful read for people who like British mysteries about crumbling mansions. (That would sure be me!) Kate Hamilton, an American antiques dealer, is visiting her daughter Christine who is working as an inter ...more
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Elizabeth “Beth” Russell, researcher extraordinaire, receives a letter from an attorney stating that she might be the daughter of Melanie Tippitt who was murdered when she was nineteen. She was murdered by her boyfriend – supposedly. He ser..." Read more of this review »
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I've read each of Judy Penz Sheluk's mysteries, and her new one, "Past and Present," does not disappoint. Callie Barnstable has decided to stay in Marketville, Ontario, Canada, a town she moved to in the first Marketville mystery. She opens an invest ...more
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Treachery in Tuscany by Phyllis Gobbell
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I really enjoyed this travel book/mystery by Phyllis Gobbell. I've been to Rome but not to Florence, so this was a treat. If you enjoy travelling or have a special place in your heart for Tuscany, you'll love this book. Jordan Mayfair (in her third a ...more
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I enjoyed this book, the second in the Glass Dolphin Mystery series. Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland once again find themselves in the middle of a murder when they agree to sponsor a hole-in-one prize at a charity golf tournament. But things are ...more
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I found James Comey's book a compelling read. Mr. Comey's book is actually a memoir. Because he is a rational, intelligent lawyer, he spent the first two-thirds discussing the many experiences that have directed his thinking and his values. His legal ...more
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The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch
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I loved this prequel to the Charles Lenox series. It reminded me of the "Endeavour" series that is a prequel to "Morse." In those films, you see the young Morse, unsure of himself, working on his moral code, and finding the hobbies he later enjoyed a ...more
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