Marry in Haste by Susan Van Kirk
(An Endurance Mystery)

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Excerpts from Olivia’s diary build to an explanation of the death of her husband, a judge, and Grace’s persistent snooping forces a murderer’s hand in a lumbering tale that suggests only death can end an abusive relationship.
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Marry in Haste, is the story of two lives over a hundred years apart, both illustrating the resilience of women in the small town of Endurance.

Grace Kimball, retired teacher, is writing for the Endurance Register and dating its editor, Jeff Maitlin. When he buys a huge Victorian house and borrows money from the bank, he sets off a chain of events that puts Grace in danger. Conrad Folger, the bank president, is murdered, and his wife, Emily, becomes the prime suspect. While TJ Sweeney, Grace’s friend and Endurance police detective, investigates, Grace also sets out to prove her former student innocent.



If Grace is right and Emily Folger is innocent, who else had a motive to kill the bank president? TJ Sweeney investigates a list of possible suspects: spurned lovers, unhappy bank clients, and even family members.



Grace and Jeff also find a diary from 1893 in Lockwood House, Jeff's newly-bought mansion. Written by a naïve 17-year-old who comes to Endurance from a small farm, it tells Olivia Havelock’s bittersweet story. She marries a powerful judge, and what begins as a joyous event quickly turns to terror.



As Grace reads the diary, she soon sees parallels to the life of Emily Folger. Can the lessons from the past help Grace clear Emily’s name? And can she do it in time, before a killer strikes again?
 

About Susan Van Kirk

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SUSAN VAN KIRK holds a B.A. from Knox College and an M.Ed. from University of Illinois. She has taught English for 30 years in Monmouth, Illinois.
 
Published November 16, 2016 by Five Star Publishing. 226 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 19 2016

A retired teacher struggles to solve two murders committed decades apart...balances present and past crimes deftly in her second foray into detection.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jun 20 2017

Excerpts from Olivia’s diary build to an explanation of the death of her husband, a judge, and Grace’s persistent snooping forces a murderer’s hand in a lumbering tale that suggests only death can end an abusive relationship.

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