Over the winter, while recovering from flu, sinus infection, and bronchitis, I decided to take a little break from serious historical fiction to write a short, fun little project. So, I wrote a murder mystery based on a real-life murder.
The original article which sparked my interest was posted by Centreville Flashback’s Facebook Page, and was a special dispatch sent to the Baltimore Sun on August 26, 1911. I was intrigued by the details of a cold case which was never solved. My writer’s mind began asking questions and the next thing I knew, I realized I had the makings of a murder mystery.
It will be available on Amazon in March of 2024.
1911 – Julia Martin had hoped that a move to Centreville, Maryland, would mark the beginning of a new season for her and her family. But instead of the idyllic peace she expected to find, Julia becomes obsessed with solving a murder mystery.
She had always wanted a historic house in the country. But what seems like a dream come true quickly turns into a nightmare when skeletal remains are found buried beneath the old brick floor in the kitchen. The bones are small, belonging to a young child or a small woman, buried with hair combs and scraps of silk.
The sheriff’s department has no clues to follow and no missing persons which fit the description of the body, which might have been concealed under the floor for decades or longer. Without identification of the body, there is neither motive nor hope of finding the murderer—if he is even still alive.
Julia is haunted by the knowledge that a woman disappeared without a trace and that her family never found closure; that someone committed a murder and got away with it. She is determined to do the impossible, to uncover the identity of the body and to find out who killed the young woman, and why.