Chicago native Mary Welk has drawn on her experience in the medical field to successfully knock off eighteen characters in her Readers Choice Award winning "Rhodes to Murder" mystery series featuring ER nurse Caroline Rhodes and history professor Carl Atwater. Included in the series are A MERRY LITTLE MURDER, THE RUNE STONE MURDERS, TO KILL A KING, THE SCARECROW MURDERS, and CRIMINAL MISCHIEF. Mary's short stories have appeared in several anthologies, including HOT CRIMES, COOL CHICKS; DARK THINGS II: CAT CRIMES; BLONDES IN TROUBLE; and CHICAGO BLUES. Several of her short stories are available on Amazon as Kindle Shorts. A former columnist and feature writer for Mystery Scene and Futures magazines, Mary is currently working on the next "Rhodes to Murder" mystery.