Featured: Gilded Path to Nowhere by Elaine L. Orr

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Review: “Gilded Path to Nowhere wraps us in the warm community while flashing gold before the eyes of some really greedy people.”

When a Maple Grove resident discovers some old gold coins in the woods near town, it’s an intriguing event — but not one that seems dangerous.

However, the article Digger’s friend, Marty, wrote for the Maple Grove News, seems to have attracted unwarranted attention.

Did the coins come from a long-ago bank robbery or burglary, or was someone passing through murdered in the early 20th century?

No matter the source, it leads to a fresh murder today.

Sheriff Montgomery asks Digger for help in tracing descendants of possible owners of the stash of coins.

But he didn’t mean for her to delve deeply into the case.

She and Marty — with input from the late Uncle Benjamin — can’t resist.

Their probe may uncover secrets others will do anything to conceal.

Elaine L. Orr

Meet Elaine L. Orr:

Elaine L. Orr authors four mystery series, including the twelve-book Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series, which is set at the Jersey shore. Behind the Walls was short-listed for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards. First in her three-book River’s Edge mystery series was From Newsprint to Footprints, followed by Demise of a Devious Neighbor. Iowa nice meets murder. The second River’s Edge book was a Chanticleer shortlister in 2017.

Small-town Illinois is the site for the Logland Series — Tip a Hat to Murder, Final Cycle, and Final Operation. This series features Police Chief Elizabeth Friedman — a police procedural with a cozy feel. The Western Maryland mountains host the four-book Family History Mystery Series, which began with Least Trodden Ground. The Unscheduled Murder Trip received a B.R.A.G. Medallion.

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Elaine also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act, “Common Ground,” published in 2015. Her novella, Biding Time, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club’s first fiction contest, in 1993. Falling into Place is a novella about family strength as a World War II veteran rises to the toughest occasion. In the Shadow of Light is the fictional story of Corozón and her family, who are separated at the U.S./Mexico border.

Elaine conducts presentations on electronic publishing and other writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes Words to Write By: Getting Your Thoughts on Paper and Writing When Time is Scarce. She also presents online classes about writing and publishing. You can find her classes at LearnDesk.

A member of Sisters in Crime and the Indiana Writer’s Center, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994. Elaine graduated from the University of Dayton with a BA in Political Science and from the American University with an MA in Government.

She worked for GAO and the National Academy of Public Administration for many year, and for two Iowa members of the U.S. House of Representatives — one Republican and one Democrat.

Elaine did some journalism course work at the University of Maryland and has taken fiction courses from The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and Georgetown University’s Continuing Education Program.

Review by JBee:

This delightful and engaging historical mystery, perfect for a beach read, comes with a family ghost who interacts with the main character and adds a fun dimension to the story.

Digger, the main character, has a family history genealogy research hobby which plays an important and intriguing role in gathering information for solving a mystery which revolves around an old murder and some found old gold coins and their provenance.

Diggers boyfriend Marty is a reporter so together their sleuthing skills complement one another.

And adding some suspense to the story once there is news of gold coins then of course greedy people suddenly appear and add some unexpected twists and turns occur. I look forward to future Digger adventures!

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