Mysteries: The Sister Rose Callahan Series

Death of a Winter Shaker (Avon Books, 1997)
ISBN: 0-380-79201-X

The peaceful Shakers, pledged to hard work, worship and nonviolence, could scarcely believe there was a dead body in their herb house. Shaker Sister Rose Callahan, who has practical knowledge and worldly experience, is assigned to find the answers the sheriff refuses to consider — even if it means discovering a member of their comunity is the killer.

A Deadly Shaker Spring (Avon Books, 1998)
ISBN: 0-380-79203-6

A series of frightening events disrupts the peaceful Shaker village of North Homage, and Sister Rose discovers they bear a shocking resemblance to outrages from the past. Now she must look both outside and inside the community to find clues that link an old murder, a recent death, and someone with a thirst for revenge.

Sins of a Shaker Summer (Avon Twilight, 1999)
ISBN: 0-380-79204-4

Two little girls have suddenly become deathly ill, and eldress Rose Callahan suspects they may have eaten something from the Medicinal Herb Garden. Her suspicions focus on Andrew, who is expanding the tiny industry and experimenting with new herbs. But as Rose investigates, an unexplained death occurs and some chilling secrets come to light — secrets that may make Rose the next victim.

A Simple Shaker Murder (Avon Twilight, 2000)
ISBN: 0-380-80425-5

Tensions mount in Eldress Rose Callahan's Shaker village with the mysterious death of one of a group of visiting "reformers" — and Rose suspects there may be a killer in their midst. When one of the visitors is found dead, hanging from a tree in the Shaker Orchard, the police declare him a suicide. But Rose finds a child who may have witnessed the hanging and discovers that the girl is the foster child of the dead man. As dissention rises between the Shakers and the visitors, it fuels Rose's suspicious that the death might have been murder — and the child is in danger of becoming the next victim.

Killing Gifts (Avon Books, 2001)
ISBN: 0-380-80426-3

A frantic call goes out to Eldress Rose Callahan to brave the February cold and come east to the Hancock Shaker Village, where a young woman has been found strangled in the Sisters' Summerhouse. Rose must face an evil worse than any she has ever encountered, with only the help of her dear friend, Gennie Malone.

Dancing Dead (Avon Books, 2002)
ISBN: 0-380-80427-1

The North Homage Shakers open a hostel in one of their unused buildings, and it fills quickly with people from the world, each with a sinister secret. At the same time, newspaper reports begin to appear about a ghost that roams the village at night — the shade of a long-dead Shaker sister who died under mysterious circumstances. When one of the hostel guests is found murdered, two devout Shakers come under suspicion. Eldress Rose Callahan and Gennie Malone must discover the truth about the murder — and the ghost — before the community loses one of its most important members.

Biographies for Children

Compassion: The Story of Clara Barton (The Child's World, Inc., 1998)
ISBN: 1-56766-227-7

Determination: The Story of Jackie Robinson (The Child's World, Inc., 1999)
ISBN: 1-56766-226-9


Short Stories

"Waltz of the Loons," in The Silence of the Loons, Nodin Press, 2005
ISBN: 1-932472-36-3

"The Moose Whisperer," in Resort to Murder, Nodin Press, Fall 2007
ISBN: 1-932472-47-9


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