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Susan Bernhardt

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Author of The Ginseng Conspiracy

I'm an author living in northern Wisconsin. Like Kay Driscoll, in my cozy mystery series, I'm a retired public health nurse who volunteers at her local free clinic. An avid reader of mysteries, I'm a member of Sisters in Crime, Inc. and the Wisconsin Writers Association. My published works include: The Ginseng Conspiracy (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 1), Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2), Murder by Fireworks (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 3), Paradise Can Be Murder (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 4), A Manhattan Murder Mystery (An Irina Curtius Mystery), "October 31st", "Midsummer", and "John and Madeline."

My town in northern Wisconsin was an inspiration for the quaint setting of my novels. Nin
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DRESS TO KILL (AN IRINA CURTIUS MYSTERY) RELEASED TODAY, OCTOBER 13TH. YES!!

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Irina Curtius teams up with with her cousin, Kay Driscoll in Dress to Kill (An Irina Curtius Mystery).

Dress to Kill (An Irina Curtius Mystery) by Susan Bernhardt

Irina Curtius, a retired ballet dancer living on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, runs a ballet studio for young children. One of Irina's good friends is found dead after an opening night performance with the New York City Ballet Company. The police see it as an unfort Read more of this blog post »
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Published on October 13, 2020 07:10 Tags: ballet, irina-curtius, kay-driscoll, manhattan, murder, nyc, winter
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“In the quiet of the morning
You only have to rise
To feel something's wrong.
Uncontrollable circumstances
Tense the air and you know
Something's going to happen.

--Susan Bernhardt”
Susan Bernhardt, The Ginseng Conspiracy

“She had on a black, wide brimmed hat with a bit of a veil coming down over her face. Fluffy, black, chandelle feathers adorned the crown. My first thought was that Elizabeth and her hat would never fit in the back seat of Phil's Eos.”
Susan Bernhardt, The Ginseng Conspiracy

“Another holiday, another murder. At least no one got murdered at Thanksgiving dinner! How did I end up, in the season of peace and goodwill toward men, investigating another homicide?”
~ Kay Driscoll

Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2) - Coming November 14.”
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“In the quiet of the morning
You only have to rise
To feel something's wrong.
Uncontrollable circumstances
Tense the air and you know
Something's going to happen.

--Susan Bernhardt”
Susan Bernhardt, The Ginseng Conspiracy

“Another holiday, another murder. At least no one got murdered at Thanksgiving dinner! How did I end up, in the season of peace and goodwill toward men, investigating another homicide?”
~ Kay Driscoll

Murder Under the Tree (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 2) - Coming November 14.”
Susan Bernhardt, Murder Under the Tree

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Susan Bernhardt Today on my website is a post by my friend, Ramla Zareen. An enthusiastic reader and blogger, her subject is "RE-READING BOOKS." Please join us at www.susanbernhardt.com . Thank you.

Susan Bernhardt


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Susan Bernhardt Today I am being interviewed by a colleague, Mary Waibel about my writing and my mystery novel: The Ginseng Conspiracy. I hope you will join us at: http://www.waibelworld.blogspot.com/ .

Thanks,
Susan


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Susan Bernhardt Pat wrote: "Having problems trying to write you back. Hope this works. I envy you getting to visit England often. I love Midsomer Murders, Blenchley Cirle, Call the Midwives, Foyles War, and any other British ..."

Thanks, Pat! We are getting ready to watch a Midsomer Murders. We just watched Call the Midwives last weekend. Love all the shows you mentioned. Have a great weekend as well and thanks for writing!

Susan


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Pat Having problems trying to write you back. Hope this works. I envy you getting to visit England often. I love Midsomer Murders, Blenchley Cirle, Call the Midwives, Foyles War, and any other British shows on PBS.
Have a great weekend


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Susan Bernhardt Lisa Lickel has a review on her blog of The Ginseng Conspiracy. Lisa is an editor for the Wisconsin Writers Association and her review of my mystery will be in the WWA newsletter this summer.

The review can be found on http://wisconsinauthorreview.blogspot...


message 3: by Susan (last edited Dec 04, 2015 06:09PM)

Susan Bernhardt My publisher, MuseItUp is doing a blogspot on our writing spaces...where we write our novels. The subject has always fascinated me about where authors write. I can write almost anywhere, but many authors need to be behind a desk. Here is the post. Photos on the website.

Hello everyone. I'm Susan Bernhardt, the author of the cozy mystery The Ginseng Conspiracy and this is where I write at home. I sit on the sofa with my laptop and type away. I have a wall-sized window where I can look out over our neighborhood or watch the birds build nests in our yew tree in the spring. I have a little make-shift side table, a Red Wing crock where I keep my teacup filled throughout the day. When I'm not watching my carbs, I often have a scone sitting next to the teacup slathered in lemon curd and clotted cream.

By the way, I made both of the stained glass lamps in the photos. The one on the table was my first project. I've made many lamps since, but it is still my favorite. While watching a rerun of Knot's Landing, I saw a lamp on the program that I loved. I quickly recorded the show, and the floor lamp that you see is the result.

I really can write almost anywhere. When on a car trip, I write in my car. I started my second cozy mystery in the Kay Driscoll series on a plane flying across the ocean.

We are building a sunroom on to our kitchen which will be done in a couple of weeks. I thought perhaps this would be my new writing space, but with all the windows, I may not be able to see my computer very easily.

Although I mostly read mysteries, I also love other genres. Here is a photo of me in my writing space reading an adventure story...lol...with my sweet grandson, Corbin.

Photos on: http://museituppublishing.blogspot.ca...


Website: www.susanbernhardt.com

Twitter: @SusanBernhardt1

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Susan Bernhardt The Ginseng Conspiracy book cover is featured on the Sisters in Crime Inc. revolving banner at www.sistersincrime.org. on their homepage.

On that page you'll also find my name listed on the Wisconsin site where my cozy mystery The Ginseng Conspiracy takes place.

Susan Bernhardt

Book Blurb: On her way to attend a Halloween Ball, Kay Driscoll, a newcomer to town, witnesses the murder of a local professor. When the official coroner's report rules the cause of death to be accidental and the community accepts the judgement, Kay decides to uncover the truth for herself. Through her personal investigations, Kay exposes a complex conspiracy, woven deep within the thriving local ginseng industry, that involves some of the more prominent figures and families of Sudbury Falls.

With her new friends, the free-spirited herbalist Deirdre and the untamed modern woman Elizabeth, Kay discusses new clues over tea and pastries at Sweet Marissa's Patisserie, their crime-fighting headquarters. As Kay gets closer to the heart of the conspiracy, additional murders happen in quick succession. Before long, Kay learns that the villains are gunning for her, too. Phil, her musically talented but preoccupied husband, determined to keep her safe, withholds from her the one thing she needs most: the truth.


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Susan Bernhardt Hot Food, Cool Jazz...A new blog is on at www.susanbernhardt.com


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