"Valerie Malmont mixes amusing social satire with an excellent mystery in Death, Bones, and Stately Homes. I look forward to many more outings with spunky, charming Tori Miracle and her cast of friends.
Sujata Massey, Agatha Award winner and author of The Samurai's Daughter
"In Death, Bones, and Stately Homes, Valerie Malmont aptly demonstrates that she can portray not only the charm and humor of a small town, but also the very real danger that threatens a newcomer who dares to challenge the status quo. In Lickin Creek, Tori Miracle discovers that even the nice people have guilty secrets."
Donna Andrews, Anthony & Agatha Award Winner, author of Click Here for Murder
When reporter Tori Miracle stumbles upon a skeleton in a historic home, her friend persuades her to keep it secret until the annual Lickin Creek house tour is over. That skeleton disappears, but then another turns up, and a popular local merchant is murdered. Soon Tori is the victim of a series of near-fatal accidents, leading her to wonder if she's paranoid or if everyone is out to get her. With her personal life a mess, an escaped convict on the loose, and a stalker on her trail, Tori must find the killer before the next "accident" turns deadly.
Behind the facade of the family-friendly, God-fearing borough of Lickin Creek lurk secrets the townspeople would rather hide or forget. However, transplanted New Yorker Tori Miracle, now a reporter for the local paper, is licensed to snoop. In her I-Love-Lucy-like way, Tori exposes the village's peccadilloes and sins. Though the mood of Death, Bones, and Stately Homes is lighthearted and humorous, Malmont also deals with the hidden domestic violence that can occur in families from any income level.
Valerie Malmont lives in rural south-central Pennsylvania, where she has gathered inspiration for her fictional town of Lickin Creek from local boroughs. She is the author of four previous Tori Miracle mysteries, including Death, Snow, and Mistletoe.