About the book:

Meg Riley thought the stress and complexity of her life would ease once she retired
from her job as a rescue swimming instructor for the Coast Guard.  A short time into her retirement Meg finds herself face to face with her faithful companion, Tommy, his face smeared with blood.  Meg’s physical and emotional strength is put to the test as she struggles to find the answers that will free her and a killer’s daughter from suspicion of murder.   A drug smuggling operation, ties to Nazi Germany, Albany Slip pottery, and the disappearance of a sect of monks are a few of the obstacles Meg must overcome to help solve the murder.  Her struggle is further complicated by her feelings for Hugh Doherty, the primary State Police investigator in the murder case.

7 Responses to About

  1. terri goldrich says:

    Beth, I don’t know what to say. This is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes–for a number of reasons. I’m awed by your writing (especially those verbs!) and your attention to the natural landscape/simple beauty around you. I’m also touched by your personal remarks about family and friends. But I’m sad, too, because I note a sense of lament in some of the entries and I have only one wish for you this Christmas season: peace and joy! Thanks for being my friend. This is beautiful.

  2. L. Miller says:

    “All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.” ~Ernest Hemingway. I have the greatest confidence that your book will be nothing short of breathtaking; your blog posts were most illuminating. After all, a great writer goes beyond the pages and brings thoughts to life. Please keep inspiring, and write quickly; anticipation is not a flattering look for me. Best of luck with the remaining chapters!

    • I think you have far greater faith than I, Ms. L. My book isn’t breathtaking but I think it’s a pretty good mystery. Thanks for stoppping by and leaving some kind words. I’m curious to know what you found illuminating.

      • L. Miller says:

        It seems to me that you have a large library of life lessons, many of which I have yet to learn. Clearly my lack of experience with life in general has definite disadvantages, and I am most curious about the numerous bits of wisdom you have to offer to help the seemingly misguided such as myself. As far as the book goes, I suppose you have to start somewhere. And if you are writing The Quarry’s Child *underlined* with as much sincerity (yes, it’s fiction, I understand, but still) as you have with simple (but most definitely influencial) blog posts and teaching, I can honestly say that I cannot see how a book can be any less spectacular. And I hope you know I expect an autograph; also please note the double-spacing between sentences. I’ve been working on that attributable to special request. It’s proper English, you know:)

  3. L. Miller says:

    Did you know that in the late 1500’s, it took one person exactly four hundred and forty-four days to recover from an illness, and he still didn’t die? And, in 1794, James Topper took too many samples of whole grain biscuits from the local market and was writhing in pain for days afterwards because of the unusally high level of fiber? Also, in 1974 at a rally, Mary Stevenson drank water from a fountain to protest the use of bottled water, and was sick for more than three weeks because of the bacteria and God knows what else in the water? The point is, get better soon! :))) (The first three sentences were completely made up, by the way. I just needed an effective lead-in to cause intrigue). XOXO

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