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Kay Kendall

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Kay Kendall writes atmospheric mysteries that capture the spirit and turbulence of the sixties. A reformed PR executive who won international awards for her projects, Kay lives in Texas with her Canadian husband, three house rabbits, and spaniel Wills. Terribly allergic to her bunnies, she loves them anyway! Her book titles show she's a Bob Dylan buff too.

RAINY DAY WOMEN (2015) won two awards at Killer Nashville 2016 -- for best mystery and best book. It is the second in her Austin Starr Mystery series and is available in E-book, trade paperback, and audio-book.

DESOLATION ROW (2013), first in the series, was a finalist for best mystery at Killer Nashville in 2014.

Kay says, "In my mystery series featuring Austin Starr, amateur sleuth, I e
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A blogger in England interviewed me this week. Near the end of this long piece, you'll find a teaser about the book I'm writing now!

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Description: In 1968 a young bride from Texas uses her CIA-honed skills to catch the real killer when her husband lands in a Canadian jail for murdering the draft-resisting son of a United States senator. Best-selling author Norb Vonnegut says, "A brutal murder, a young woman fighting to prove her husband's innocence—DESOLATION ROW hooked me on page one. Author Kay Kendall knows how to burrow into your heart."
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Such an important time in history. But despite reading many books, I will never quite grasp the full horror of it.
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“I write about what life was like for typical young women of the sixties—not the type that made headlines, the Hanoi Janes or Angela Davises, but moderates who nonetheless got swept up by history's tides during that turbulent time. All that turmoil lends itself to drama, intrigue, and murder.”
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“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
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“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours..”
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message 3: by Beth

Beth Hi Kay,
Thanks for sending a Goodreads friend request to this fellow mystery author!


message 2: by Kay

Kay Hi again. Interested to see that you and I both gave Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden only three stars. I was amazed (back in the day) that this book was so very popular. I just didn't get it. It was a fine book but the mass appeal is what I never understood.

Your publishing career is amazing, by the way. Congratulations. You've been published in some amazing places! kk


message 1: by C.J.

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Hello Kay,
It's such a pleasure having you for a friend. I am looking forward to reading your work! Thank you and best wishes to you.
Warmest regards,
CJ

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