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About the Author

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of fiction and nonfiction books, including TOP TIPS FOR HOW TO PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR BOOK IN THE AGE OF AMAZON and romantic suspense spy thriller CIA FALL GUY.

She is also the co-founder of the online marketing company Miller Mosaic LLC and often blogs about book publishing and marketing.

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  • File Size: 3333 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Miller Mosaic, LLC (November 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A29SS6C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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(See her non-fiction books by Phyllis Z. Miller on Amazon at and her YA fiction book PINKY SWEAR by P. Z. Miller on Amazon at

Phyllis Zimbler Miller lives in Beverly Hills, California, and blogs on book-related topics at

She grew up in Elgin, Illinois, and majored in journalism at Michigan State University, where she met her future husband, Army ROTC cadet Mitchell R. Miller, on the State News editorial staff.

In May of 1970 Mitch went on active duty at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and Phyllis tagged along with him. Her women's friendship novel MRS. LIEUTENANT is inspired by the nine weeks they spent at Ft. Knox.

From September 1970 to May 1972 Phyllis and Mitch were stationed in Munich, Germany, where Mitch served with the 18th Military Intelligence Battalion.

Phyllis eventually got a security clearance and worked as a civilian with the 66th MI Group. Her romantic suspense spy thriller CIA FALL GUY is partially based on knowledge she learned on this job (reports she typed went to the Munich office of the CIA).

After Mitch's military service, while living in Philadelphia, Phyllis was an editor and reporter for the Jewish Exponent before earning an M.B.A. at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her Wharton experience is the starting point for her Los Angeles-based cozy mystery CAST THE FIRST STONE.

(Two short stories in TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE feature Rebecca Stone, the same protagonist as in CAST THE FIRST STONE. Both books include kosher recipes from Phyllis' 1992 Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION written with Rabbi Karen L. Fox.)

Phyllis and Mitch moved to Los Angeles in 1980, and Phyllis held positions at TigerAir and Max Factor. She then worked as a marketing consultant, and she was the founding president of the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

(Mitch has been a tax lawyer in Beverly Hills for over 25 years -- see

In 2008 Phyllis co-founded an online marketing company at the same time she self-published her novel MRS. LIEUTENANT, which was selected as a 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist. Phyllis dove into the world of blogging, social media, and online book marketing.

Phyllis and Mitch have maintained an interest in military intelligence, and Mitch is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and the U.S. Naval Institute while Phyllis is a member of the Military Writers Society of America. Together Phyllis and Mitch wrote the military thriller LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS, an adaptation of two screenplays featuring the same protagonist.

Phyllis is a member of the Department of Defense's Bloggers Roundtable and frequently blogs about PTSD. Her short story SOLOMON'S JUSTICE was inspired by her visit to the Los Angeles County Veterans Court.

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Cast the First Stone is a very enjoyable book on several levels. First, Rebecca Stone, the main character, is very likable and quite smart without being a nerd. Her fiance Josh, however, is a nerd and the two characters play off each other quite effectively. Since Rebecca is Jewish, there are insights into Judaism and its customs as Rebecca and Josh celebrate the sabbath each Friday night. Also, there are a few yummy sounding traditional recipes woven into the story that I would like to try.
Rebecca gets involved in investigating a murder and is thrown into research with her former fiance Andrew. The story holds your interest from beginning to end and there is a twist at the end as to whom the murderer might be.
I look forward to reading more of Rebecca Stone and Josh and hope the author will soon have a new story for us to enjoy.
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Phyllis Zimbler Miller's E-book, Cast the First Stone: A Rebecca Stone Mystery, certainly leads the way for a great series!

With the first book, she introduces the main character for her series, Rebecca Stone, a business reporter for the (imaginary) Los Angeles World newspaper. Rebecca, a typical cozy mystery character, has her first amateur sleuth case when she is asked to help determine whether the murder of a Wharton professor spending the summer term at UCLA is connected to The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

In setting up her plot, the author has managed to interweave a great blend of romance, intrigue, mystery, and even a touch of the Jewish faith complete with authentic recipes! Her characters, along with her plot, are well developed, interesting and a great springboard to draw the reader into a unique book that is hard to put down.

If you're a fan of cozy mysteries or mystery series, you will not be disappointed with Cast the First Stone. It is a well-developed story with many twists and turns and definitely a must read.

*Be sure to watch for other books in her series, A REBECCA STONE MYSTERY.

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I received Cast the First Stone free for an honest review.

This is a very good mystery with just the right amount of twists and turns, hidden clues, and everything this reader likes in this genre. I did not figure out the killer or the motive in advance, always a good thing to me.

Financial reporter Rebecca Stone is pulled into a murder investigation when a visiting speaker, one of her former professors at Wharton, is killed. Wharton would like her and her former fiancée (who had jilted her) to investigate to be sure nothing detrimental to Wharton is involved in the murder. It is difficult for Rebecca to work with the man, especially since she has a loving boyfriend in the background. Although I enjoyed following the investigation, there were times the flashbacks to the time Rebecca was almost raped got in the way. Although they helped define Rebecca as a person, they didn't really have anything to do with the murder. A little too much there, I think, especially emphasizing the PTSD component as much as it was. All the characters are well-drawn, even down to the unimportant ones, and that adds to the depth of the book. I liked the bits of Jewish tradition and culture that were woven into the story. I plan to pass the book along to a Rabbi friend of mine.

I'm looking forward to more books with Rebecca Stone.

Although I give the book an A, I think the author needs to take another look at the cover. The front needs a do-over to catch the buyer's eye (the fonts are boring) and the back ought to have a blurb about the plot of the book, not a bio of the author. People buy books because of what's inside, not because of where the author went to school and other personal info. I know a teacher who is trying to encourage her students to read.
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I enjoyed the book, Cast the First Stone: A Rebecca Stone Mystery by Phyllis Zimbler Miller. I enjoyed the characters. Rebecca Stone was realistically portrayed. The two male protagonists presented many challenges to Rebecca. The inclusion of some Jewish customs and cooking added to the book, there are two recipes I want to try from the story. There were enough plot twists to keep this reader interested. If I could make one small suggestion, I would have liked to have the conclusion spread out a bit. There might have been a few more clues and a bit more action hinted at before the climax of the story. Even so, the author was fair in sharing the clues to the mystery and it took me to near the end of the story before I suspected the killer. All-in-all a good book and I would definitely read another by this author.
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I enjoyed Cast the First Stone. The book is well written, set in glamorous Beverly Hills, California, a mystery with great twists and turns, leaving you wondering "who done it?" The main character comes across as an average down-home girl that just about everybody can relate to. Woven into the mystery is romance when the main character, Rebecca, when tracking down a killer, is teamed with her ex-fiance. Trouble is, she is already engaged. Which one will win her heart? This book is unique in that it has tidbits about the Jewish religion and even some recipes, which I'm going to try. If you like mysteries, you'll love this book!
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