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Her Sister’s Death, the latest mystery by K.L. Murphy

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Her Sister’s Death

Her Sister's DeathShe wanted the truth. She should have known better.

When her sister is found dead in a Baltimore hotel room, reporter Val Ritter’s world is turned upside down. An empty pill bottle at the scene leads the police to believe the cause of death is suicide. With little more than her own conviction, Val teams up with Terry Martin, a retired detective who has his own personal interest in the case, to prove that something more sinister is possible.

In 1921, Bridget Wallace, a guest on the brink of womanhood, is getting ready to marry an eligible older man. But what seems like a comfortable match soon takes a dark turn. Does the illustrious history of the stately Franklin hotel hide another, lesser known history of death?

Genre: Mystery
Published by: CamCat Books
Publication Date: December 2022
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780744307399 (ISBN10: 0744307392)

To purchase Her Sister’s Death, click on any of the following links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | CamCat Books

Guest Post by Writer K.L. Murphy

Many writers go through a stage we all know as imposter syndrome. For whatever reason, we don’t think we’ve achieved enough or accomplished enough to call ourselves “real” writers. Ironically, these same writers who doubt themselves are the first to lift each other up. You wrote five hundred words today. Hooray! You finished the first draft. Go you! You’re published. Woohoo! But we still doubt ourselves.

After years of working at writing and building a resume that’s yielded four published books, magazine articles, short stories, conferences, and freelance work, I have just started calling myself a writer. This means that I recently answered the question “What do you do?” with “I’m a writer.” Not in my head. OUT LOUD. To someone who is not part of my family (or another writer friend). No averting my eyes or mumbling. Sounds crazy, right? Other writers/authors will recognize this mania (even those few who haven’t experienced it), but the thing is, most nonwriters wouldn’t. When someone asks you what you do, you answer with, “I’m in sales or I build houses.” I mean, it’s not like I hesitated to say I was in finance or banking when that was my day job. Go figure!

I can’t explain why Her Sister’s Death is the book that pushed me across the line (today anyway), but I know it’s true. Although it’s a book of suspense, it’s not a straightforward police procedural like my other books. It’s the first book I’ve written that features two alternating timelines that aren’t in the form of flashbacks or that don’t take place in relatively recent history. It’s the first book where the setting has a voice of its own. The story explores some tough themes, but I’d like to think it also offers hope, love, and redemption. Her Sister’s Death asks the reader to wonder about possibilities. Just a little.

Still, while I can say that writing (and the publication) of Her Sister’s Death made me more comfortable with announcing “I’m a writer,” I can’t say I’m comfortable with the other labels that sometimes go along with that. Artist. Creative. Have you seen my drawings? Have you heard me sing? I couldn’t even volunteer as the craft parent because my skills were (and still are) subpar. There is nothing artistic about me. But . . . fiction writing does take imagination and the ability to transport the reader at least for a little while.

Is that art? I don’t know. I do know that like the kind of art you hang on a wall, watch on a screen, or listen to at loud volumes, books and stories are essential. Of course, I’m aware that books are usually part of the Arts and Entertainment category, but for an author who just cleared the hurdle of writer imposter syndrome, thinking of myself as an artist is beyond a stretch. Will it ever happen? Who knows? Let’s just say, it’s a mystery.

Terrific guest post. Thank you for spending time with me and my readers!

K.L. Murphy

Her Sister's Death

K. L. Murphy is the author of the Detective Cancini Mystery Series: A Guilty MindStay of Execution, and The Last Sin. Her short stories are featured in the anthologies Deadly Southern Charm (“Burn”) and Murder by the Glass (“EverUs”).

She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, James River Writers, and Historical Writers of America.

K. L. lives in Richmond, VA, with her husband, children, and amazing dogs. When she’s not writing, she loves to read, entertain friends, catch up on everything she ignored, and always—walk the amazing dogs.

To learn more about K.L., click on any of the following inks:, Goodreads, BookBub – @KLMurphy, Instagram – @k.l._murphy, Twitter – @klmurphyauthorFacebook – @klmurphyauthor

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Wendy B

    This WAS a terrific guest post! 🙂
    This sounds like such a fantastic read! I will definitely be making time foe it in the future.

  2. K.L. Murphy

    Thank you so much for having me! Truly enjoyed writing this post!

    1. Elena Hartwell

      Great to have you visit me and my readers! Congrats on your latest release.

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