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In The Spirit of Murder (A Silver Dagger Mystery) Paperback – January 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Overmountain Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570721246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570721243
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,987,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A beguiling mystery from the dark side of the Deep South." -- Patrick Lynch, author of Carriers and Omega

About the Author

The first story I remember writing for public dissemination was something called "The Day the Gravity Left the Earth." I think I was nine or ten. Well, gravity never did leave the earth, but my imagination certainly did. It hasn't been entirely grounded since.

Of course, somewhere on my way to becoming an adult I realized that imagination alone wouldn't pay the bills and I wound up doing a lot of things that would. Some were ordinary. Some were less than ordinary. Some were just bizarre.

There was a four-year stint in the Air Force, where I worked on base newspapers. Then I attended the University of South Florida where I graduated cum laude with a degree in journalism. I wrote for the St. Petersburg Times and theTampa Tribune, and became an editor. My focus was mostly on the murder and mayhem side of the business. It wore thin.

Somehow I parlayed my hard-core news experience into a staff position with a children's book publishing company. That satisfied me for a good chunk of time and it certainly rekindled the imaginative side of me, but when the company's fortunes sagged, I segued into freelance work. Along the way, I wrote stories--stories that were long enough to qualify as bona fide novels, like In The Spirit of Murder.

Who knows? Maybe this notion of keeping your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds isn't such a bad idea after all.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Claudia Hershey is a top new character for me. I enjoyed every minute of this cannot put down police proceedural set in the dark side of Florida. Forget Mickey Mouse, he doesn't live in this part of town.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee E. Meadows on September 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Laura Belgrave has introduced a character who will more for Florida than the 'Seminoles','Gators' and 'Caines'and without all the head butting. Claudia Hershey is a compelling character whose sense of justice reaches far beyond the streets of Cleveland and into a small Florida town, supposedly free of all those big city troubles. Laura Belgrave spins the kind of story that mystery enthusiasts crave while sitting up and reading by a nightlight, listening to the quiet calm of night and hoping the story doesn't end. It is a smashing debut of both author and character! More Claudia Hershey mysteries have to be on the immediate horizon and I can hardly wait!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was so good I read it in one sitting. A fast-paced story and one heckuva lady cop. Claudia Hershey gets my vote for best new character on the mystery scene. I liked seeing Florida through her eyes and watching her nail the bad guy. A brave, smart, and very real character. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Offers a superb weaving of a superior plot line with an intriguing cast of characters. The authenticity of the suspects leaves you guessing to the last minute about whodunit! The characters are well developed and you truly get to know the inner workings of the main character, Claudia Hershey. She's the kind of person you want to follow through additional ingenious plots in what will hopefully be a series of sequels. Write on!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Laura Belgrave's "In The Spirit of Murder" introduces one tough cop, Claudia Hershey, in a fast moving who-done-it that I could barely put down. She's rough and tough, but also very human. I hope that Ms. Belgave writes more about Clauda. I, for one, am certainly looking for more.
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