Marlys Millhiser Iowa’s Pearl

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Marlys is busy on her eighth Charlie Greene mystery, Voices in the Armoire, and snooping around San Diego County where it is set.

She’s been known to place her stories where she would like to travel or where she has to travel, as in her new The Rampant Reaper, set in a decaying little town in Iowa.

Marlys has lived in Boulder, Colorado most of her life, but she was born in a decaying little town in Iowa and, for the record, she has never set foot in an erotic pool hall.


THE RAMPANT REAPER
St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, $23.95. Hardcover–ISBN: 0-312-29096-9
Someone’s killing off helpless old folks in a nursing home and the prime suspect’s name is Marlys. Charlie Greene accompanies her mother back to the family hometown of Myrtle, Iowa where the pool hall’s named Viagra’s and the weather’s even more intense. And though Charlie is adopted, many people there have the same color eyes as she and her own daughter. This includes the prime suspect, the town’s long-dead namesake, and the proprietor of Myrtle’s erotic pool hall. 

 

Publishers Weekly says, “In dealing with the locals . . . Charlie displays the characteristic wry wit that has endeared her to her fans . . . a strong plot and vividly described setting will engage the reader from start to finish. This read is as satisfying as a Midwest dinner of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed corn, and carrot cake.”

Cozy’s, Caper, and Crimes–”Millhiser addresses a national challenge: the hard facts of our increasing elder population who are living so much longer . . . She addresses our elders’ care, their frustration, and their exhausted, middle-aged children and grandchildren who face the guilt-riddled question of what to do about their parents and grandparents. That Millhiser delivers this topic with wry humor in a frank and earthy mystery is a tribute to her creativity and skill.

The Daily Camera–”Millhiser’s characters are hilarious and far from the stereotypical small-town hicks . . . the plot moves along nicely and raises questions of how to deal with an aging population with some humor. The book stands alone without leaving a first-time Millhiser reader confused . . .”

Killer Commute
St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, $23.95.
Hardcover–ISBN: 0-312-26610-3
Worldwide, $5.99.
Paperback–ISBN: 0-373-26405.
Termed by Publisher’s Weekly as the best in a “winning series.” Charlie Greene decides to vacation at home after her disastrous trip to Las Vegas, only to find the dead body in her condominium complex the first night. The complex is gated and Charlie and her eighty-three year old neighbor are the only ones home except for a couple of cats. It’s a fresh kill and with her computer profile of involvement with homicide, Charlie is the prime suspect. The problem is the dead body has no recorded existence–paper, cyberspace, familial, nada.

NOBODY DIES IN A CASINO
Worldwide-reprint, $5.99
ISBN: 0-373-26372-4
Charlie wins big in Vegas, but murder takes all.

THE MIRROR–From horse and buggy to speeding sports cars and back again, this is an unforgettable story involving extraordinary characters in a heartwarming story that will stay with you for a lifetime. The perennial herstorical.

Most of Marlys’s titles are currently available or soon to be on unabridged tapes from BOOKS IN MOTION,1-800-752-3199, www.booksinmotion.com.
 THE RAMPANT REAPER
St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, $23.95.
Hardcover–ISBN: 0-312-29096-9

KILLER COMMUTE
St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, $23.95.
ISBN: 0-312-26610-3
(Charlie Greene at home, office, and on the 405)

NOBODY DIES IN A CASINO 
Worldwide-reprint, $5.99
ISBN: 0-373-26372-4
(Charlie Greene in Las Vegas)

THE MIRROR 
Rue Morgue Press-reissue, $14.95
ISBN: 0-915230-15-1
(The perennial herstorical)

Publisher’s Weekly– “winning series,” “clever and original,” “likeable heroine”.

Kirkus— “tale of bitchy female triumphant”

Rocky Mountain News— “Millhiser excels at sending up the genre’s conventions.”

Cozies, Capers, & Crimes –“Comic and sharp . . .more than a little subversive.”

Midwest Book Review— “. . . satirical look at life that makes Charlie seem more like her audience than most protagonists do.”

 

Bibliography of Marlys’s work

<align=center></align=center>THE RAMPANT REAPER 
St. Martin’s Minotaur–July 2002
KILLER COMMUTE*
NOBODY DIES IN A CASINO*
IT’S MURDER GOING HOME*
MURDER IN A HOT FLASH*
DEATH OF THE OFFICE WITCH*
MURDER AT MOOT POINT*
THE THRESHOLD*
NIGHTMARE COUNTRY*
THE MIRROR* 
(Reissued in trade paper)
WILLING HOSTAGE*
NELLA WAITS
MICHAEL’S WIFE

*Currently available or soon to be on unabridged tapes from BOOKS IN MOTION,
1-800-752-3199, www.booksinmotion.com
Short stories
“Cara’s Turn,” MALICE DOMESTIC III

“Miss Poole and the Three-way Split,” FOR CRIME OUT LOUD (audio) and MARY HIGGENS CLARK MYSTERY MAGAZINE.

“Wayne’s Uncle” and “The Mechanical Woman,” ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE.

“Body in the Potty: The Ultimate in Locked-Room Murders,” FUNNY BONES, a Joan Hess mystery anthology.

“Body in the Bosque,” CAT CRIMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

“Libra Skips a Frame,” ASTROCRIMES (Germany).

“Had He But Known,” CREATURE COZIES.