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Marry in Haste

By Susan Van Kirk

An Endurance Mystery


Life is falling into place for retired teacher Grace Kimball—she’s writing for the Endurance Register and dating its editor, Jeff Maitlin. But when Conrad Folger, the bank president, is murdered and his wife, Emily, becomes the prime suspect, Grace sets out to prove that her former student is innocent. After all, many people had a motive to kill Folger. A list of possible suspects emerges: spurned lovers, unhappy bank clients, and even family members. Then Grace and Jeff find a diary from 1893 in Jeff’s newly bought mansion. It was written by a naive seventeen-year-old who married a powerful judge—and what began as a joyous event quickly turned to terror. As Grace reads the diary, she sees parallels to Emily’s life. Can lessons from the past help Grace clear Emily’s name before the murderer strikes again?

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By Harlequin Worldwide Mysteries

Three May Keep a Secret

By Susan Van Kirk

An Endurance Mystery


What’s a retired English teacher to do next? That’s the question on Grace Kimball’s mind as summer begins in the quiet town of Endurance, Illinois. Accepting an offer from the new editor of the local newspaper to write book reviews feels like a good start. Until Brenda Norris, the paper’s dirt-digging investigative reporter, is killed in a suspicious house fire.
Brenda was working on a hard-hitting expose of Endurance, including several cold-case files. Finishing Brenda’s project is the least Grace can do for her old friend. Digging into the town’s history might even help Grace come to terms with a tragedy from her past—or put her own life in danger. As she quickly learns, the notorious Brenda had no shortage of enemies. And Grace thought retirement would be relaxing…not deadly!

Best Selling Author

Susan Van Kirk

I began writing at age sixty ACL [After Children Left.] Publishing a memoir about teaching over
four decades called The Education of a Teacher (Including Dirty Books and Pointed Looks), I
followed the axiom that we first write what we know. Once I retired from teaching in 2011, I
decided to write mysteries. Why? I had devoured the 1500+ pages of Sherlock Holmes in fifth
grade because it seemed like the next step after Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, and the Hardy Boys.
After that, I read hundreds of mysteries. Now, I’ve created a series called The Endurance
Mysteries and peopled it with folks I love. Mostly. It’s a cozy series about a retired English
teacher in a small town who helps her former student—now Detective TJ Sweeney—solve
murders. Add a little love interest and a gloomy mansion, and I’m rolling. When my publisher
folded their mystery line, I moved in a new direction, writing the first Sweet Iron mystery
starring Beth Russell. A genealogist and historical researcher, she provides fertile ground for my love of history, and she still has many branches
to explore on her family tree.

Other Books

A Death at Tippit Pond

Four decades after the tragic murder of Melanie Tippitt, the tiny town of Sweet Iron is rocked by new revelations in that haunting case. Ghosts, lies, long-buried secrets …

Preorder Audio version now – available March 30.

The Locket

TJ Sweeney gets the spotlight in this Endurance novella about a murder victim in the 1940s. It was the Big Band Era, romance was in the air, and tragedy was close at hand.

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Three May Keep A Secret

“…if two of them are dead.” Retired teacher, Grace Kimball, discovers the truth of Ben Franklin’s aphorism when her quiet town of Endurance is rocked by a murder or two.

Marry in Haste

“ …repent at leisure.” Two wives—two murders a century apart—and a shocking secret connects them. Grace Kimball investigates, hoping to save a life.

Death Takes No Bribes

Who poisoned Endurance High School Principal John Hardy? Death is stalking the halls of Grace’s old workplace, and Grace and TJ Sweeney are only a few steps ahead.


The best cozy mystery genre reads are steeped in small-town atmosphere and interpersonal connections. A Death at Tippitt Pond … [is] … an absorbing mystery fueled by history, emotional attachments, and physical danger.

D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review


Van Kirk’s appealing mystery debut [Three May Keep a Secret]… introduces recently retired
teacher, Grace Kimball. Cozy fans will find a lot to like.

-Publishers Weekly


Small town America has never been made more real … an enthralling mystery involving two
strong women a hundred years apart. Well plotted and a very interesting read.

-Marry in Haste
from DJ Adamson Le Coeur de l’Artiste

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