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A Kristy Farrell Cozy Mystery
A zoo with its lions, crocodiles, and snakes is a dangerous place — a perfect place for a murder...When a local zoo director is murdered by snake venom, wildlife reporter Kristy Farrell takes a personal interest in the case. Her brother, the zoo’s curator in charge of reptiles, is the leading suspect. As Kristy investigates, the trail leads her to a Greenwich Village pet store, a radical animal rights group, and a bizarre...
Lois Schmitt has worked as a freelance writer for Remedia Educational Publishers. Her most recent assignments included a series of nonfiction pieces about national parks, as well as several nonfiction pieces on New York City landmarks. She is author of Smart Spending, a consumer education book for young adults. Ms. Schmitt currently teaches economics at a local community college on Long Island. She previously served as media spokesperson and education coordinator for the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs. Her interest in animals, which is the focus of her mystery, is evident by her membership in the New York Zoological Society, Best Friends Animal Society, the Marine Mammal Center, and the ASPCA.
A few years ago, on a whim, I decided to attend Killer Nashville, a mystery writer's conference in Tennessee. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. In addition to wonderful panels and lectures, I got to submit a portion of my manuscript to an editor for critique. She liked it, and asked me to send her the Continue ReadingRead more
1 NEWSPAPERS: Not the headlines but the blurbs on back pages--Imagine how these stories began and how they will end--Hunt for missing child--Fire in a national park--Food poisoning at a restaurant. 2 OBSERVE PEOPLE: Eavesdrop--On a train or plane--At a bar or restaurant--In a doctor's office--By the seaside. 3 YOUR OWN LIFE: Are you a teacher? What's happening Continue ReadingRead more
Kristy's husband and daughter are veterinarians. The Farrell household also includes a cat named Owl and two dogs--Brandy, a rescue collie, and Archie, a one hundred pound mixed breed who looks like a small bear. If you are a mystery fan and an animal lover, this series is for you. In my book, Monkey Business, Kristy investigates murder at a local zoo. The trail leads to a Manhattan pet store with a shady past, a radical animal rights group, an art exhibit on Long Island's infamous gold coast, and a bizarre animal auction in the...Read more