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Huntington, WV
About Me:
Nearly 40, mother of two, mystery fan and avid reader
Books And Authors I Like:
Dianne Day, Elizabeth Peters, Diana Gabaldon, Anne Perry, Lauri R. King, and as a guilty pleasure, the odd M. C. Beaton.
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Not much on TV, but I love old movies, particularly mysteries and adventures.

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Why Mysteries?

I asked this question in another forum, but never got a satisfactory answer. What draws us to read mysteries?

For me, mysteries, and particularly mystery series, are the literary equivalents of comfort food. Having a bad day, pick up a mystery. Need to forget that the bills-to-be-paid column is longer than the deposit history on your bank account will ever be? A mystery hits the spot. A mystery and a heaping bowl of extra cheesy mac and cheese, but we won't go there right…


Posted on July 5, 2007 at 11:18am — 1 Comment

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At 8:15am on August 23, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Nikki , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 5:56am on August 10, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Hi Nikki - thanks for being a reader and finding mysteries comfort.
I find writing them comforting and it has given me a purpose.
My book, The Beatitudes, is a paranormal thriller set in New Orleans. It will be out in the fall and I am donating all royalties directly to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. Libraries support the infrastructure of a great city, so I have started The Beatitudes Network to promote awareness of the importance of public libraries in NOLA.
The blogsite describes the Network, has excerpts from The Beatitudes, recipes, and more. Merci mille fois. Lyn Lejeune.
Writers, please pass the word…’s for a good cause….don’t let the libraries of New Orleans or the US go the way of The Great Library of Alexandria. P.S. just posted an excerpt on my page here on crimespace.
At 9:10am on July 22, 2007, Alan Cook said…
Hi Nikki,

I have at least 5 copies of my new book, HONEYMOON FOR THREE, to give away to Crimespace members. Let me know if you are interested. I will need addresses of the winners. My email address is

Entry deadline is July 26.
At 1:50am on June 27, 2007, Nikki said…
Thanks for the welcome Rebecca and LAS. I only recently found this community and it looks interesting.

I suppose I should point out that while I read lots of mysteries, I do not write them. I hope to get a blog posted soon that should explain the situation.
At 8:59am on June 25, 2007, L. A. Starks said…
Welcome to CrimeSpace.
At 2:33am on June 25, 2007, Rebecca26 said…
Welcome Nikki! This is a great place for readers.

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