Mary Welk
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About Me:
I live in Chicago and write the 'Rhodes to Murder' mystery series set in a rural university town in northern Illinois. I also write short stories and have had several accepted for print anthologies. In the past, I wrote a continuing column for Mystery Scene Magazine featuring info on new releases from independent publishers. I also wrote several stand-alone articles for MS on the same subject. I am currently a Board member for the Love Is Murder mystery conference held annually in the Chicago area.
I Am A:
Writer, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
My favorite authors? Wow! That's a tough one since there are so many great writers out there. Having said that, I admit to being partial to Carolyn Haines' work, especially her stand-alone novels like Penumbra and Fever Moon. I enjoy David Morrell's work also. Creepers grabbed my attention from page one on.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I'm a sports nut and watch baseball, football, and basketball in season. I love Survivor for the insight one gets on human nature when watching it. My favorite show was Boston Legal, but the idiots at ABC dropped it in favor of some mindless garbage aimed at the teeny-bopper and slightly older generation. Movies? Give me anything with a lot of action. Tommy Lee Jones, Harrison Ford, and Sean Connery are some of my favorite actors.

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At 2:01am on August 15, 2009, Lee Martin said…
Good Morning Mary,
Just wanted to welcome you to Crime Space. You will find many fun, interesting and informative people here. Mot plugging my book, just wanted to say HI and WELCOME. By the way, I'm from Dolton, ever hear of it?
Take care and welcome,
At 11:33am on June 28, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Mary, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a paranormal, murder, mystery 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. 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.
At 8:46am on January 25, 2009, JackBludis said…

What took you so long to find this place.

At 5:54am on January 16, 2009, David L. Hoof said…
Neat resume, Mary.
My three Spike Halleck novels are set in Chicago, a great town where I found my wife while she was working for Argonne National Lab, and where our older daughter went to college at U of C. Since Hyde Park is where the President-elect resides, Chicago roots are now power connections.
Welcome to a Welk.


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