Writers of the Purple Sage by Barbara Burnett Smith

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When the murder of a popular judge in the small town of Purple Sage, Texas, proves to be an exact copy of one in her new novel, writer Jolie Wyatt investigates, trying to head off suspicion that she is the killer.

About Barbara Burnett Smith

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Barbara Burnett Smith has written four previous novels in her Purple Sage mystery series. After serving two years as the national president of Sisters in Crime, Barbara is once again writing full-time. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband.
Published December 1, 1994 by St Martins Pr. 250 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Aspiring mystery writer Jolie Wyatt has finally hit it big with an unpublished manuscript--but only because somebody has used her murder method (a pin tipped with nicotine, a weapon even more deadly than an unfiltered cigarette) to dispatch Judge Volney Osler, the patron saint of Purple Sage, Tex.

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A writers' group she has started is full of colorful women-and then full of suspects after a venerable judge is murdered with a ploy taken from Jolie's novel-in-progress.

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