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Best-selling New York Times’ authors often acknowledge their experts who have pedigrees like “Head of the FBI” or “Los Angeles Police Department Forensic Expert” or “the Medical Examiner of Cook County.” You probably won’t see those experts in my own book...
Jim Jacobs and I will be having a last local book signing together on July 15 at Stone Alley Books in Galesburg from noon to 2. He’ll be doing other local signings in the near future, but I’ll be concentrating on writing a new book. We’ll appear in Bloomington and Champaign at Barnes and Noble stores in August. Beyond that, signings on the road together will pick up again in the fall. Thanks to everyone who has come out for book signings. We appreciate your kind comments and your love of good mysteries and adult fiction.
Last Endurance Mystery Now on Amazon.com
First we read Three May Keep a Secret, and then we slipped in TJ Sweeney’s ebook novella, The Locket: From the Casebook of TJ
Sweeney. Marry in Haste took us back to Grace and Jeff, and left us with a lot of questions about their future. Finally, the last of the trilogy of novels, Death Takes No Bribes will be out on ebook and paperback. The paperback is out NOW, and the ebook can be preordered and will download on June 1. They are at Amazon.com at https://tinyurl.com/k362snd
The proof copies for “Death Takes No Bribes” arrive.
Malice Domestic Book Conference Spring 2017
I’ll be attending Malice Domestic, a book conference in Bethesda, Maryland, for mystery writers and mystery lovers. You can see the website here. The last time I went to this conference, I interviewed Hallie Ephron, author of several books on mystery writing, as well as several award-winning mysteries. I also met my wonderful freelance editor, Lourdes Venard, face-to-face. This year I look forward to seeing other writers from the Midwest chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Great fun! [That is Lori Rader-Day of Chicago next to me on the panel in 2015. She is the president of the Midwest chapter of MWA. Her mysteries have gone on to win wonderful awards!]
On the Road Again …
Having done a number of signings in bookstores and libraries all over the local area, I’m now heading out with fellow author, Jim Jacobs, [ author of No Ordinary Season], to set up signings in Peoria, the Quad Cities, and eventually, Chicago. I’m also talking with book clubs and groups such as Rotary or PEO about my Endurance series. See events on this website under “Events” tab. I can be reached through this website under “Contact” for any events you may have in mind.
“My Book” Essay in Mystery Scene Magazine
Mystery Scene Magazine has put an essay about my second Endurance novel, Marry in Haste, online. You can read about it at https://mysteryscenemag.com/blog-article/5486-my-book-marry-in-haste You’ll see a shout out to my home town of Galesburg, Illinois, and my current town of Monmouth, Illinois.
Early Reviews for Marry in Haste
“Grace looked up from the diary. 1893. Seventeen years old. I’m trying to remember when I was that young. She seems so mature in some ways, especially when she is talking about her mother. But, she’s also sheltered. I wonder what she’ll think of Endurance.” from “Marry in Haste”
Small town America has never been made more real in a fictional city as in Endurance. Van Kirk delves into the subject of domestic abuse by presenting this enthralling mystery involving two strong women a hundred years apart. Well plotted and a very interesting read.” P.J. Adamson, author of the Lillian Dove Mystery series and winner of the Clue Award in Suspense
“Marry in Haste is a riveting mystery and an unflinching look at domestic abuse, both past and present. Skillfully plotted, Van Kirk delves into a difficult subject matter with a deft touch. Incisive and intriguing.” Anna Lee Huber, National Bestselling Author of the Lady Darby Mysteries.
“A retired teacher struggles to solve two murders committed decades apart. Van Kirk balances present and past crimes deftly in her second foray into detection.” Kirkus Reviews
Kindle Now Available
If you live locally, the Warren County Public Library now has a Kindle you may check out just like a book. My novella, The Locket: From the Casebook of TJ Sweeney, is already preloaded so you can read it if you don’t have your own Kindle. This service begins on May 10, 2016.