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A Mystery Novel
BY TERRI GREGG
Kate Fitzgerald, a budding archaeologist, finds a buried skull—not an ancient artifact but evidence of modern unsuspected murder. Digging up the past can have dangerous consequences when a murderer feels threatened. Arson and murder ensue and to make matters worse for Kate, the sheriff and her only living relative are high on her list of suspects.
BY TERRI GREGG
One of the secondary characters in Bones Unearthed, my mystery novel set near the pre-Colombian Mississippian Indian in southern Illinois, is a farm woman named Jenn, who loves to can produce from her kitchen garden. Several times she appears in the book in her well-scrubbed kitchen preserving a variety of vegetables including green beans and squash. On one occasion, a ringing telephone leads to disastrous results.
I myself never lived on a farm. As a matter of fact, I grew up in downtown Chicago in apartments and a townhouse. The closest thing I ever did trying to grow something edible was the year as a young Girl Scout I cut up a potato and planted the eyes in our ten foot by fifteen-foot front yard. I then went off to camp fully expecting potato plants when I returned. Unfortunately, when the tiny plot of grass was mowed, so were my fledgling potato plants. Thus, ended my childhood farming career.
However, years later, now married and a mother, my husband and I bought a house with a small ornamental plum tree in the front yard. It produced a little fruit and I decided to try to make some plum jelly. I followed the cookbook directions carefully and succeeded in producing a few jars of homemade jelly. It was the most delicious jelly I ever tasted—much richer flavor than any store-bought jelly with a delicious sweet/tart flavor I remember to this day.
A few years later our next home came with two prolific apple trees from which I was able to make apple sauce, apple butter and apple jelly.
Now lest you think I am a die-hard domestic type, I must tell you that for most of my life I have worked outside my home and like many modern American women, I am at best, only moderately successful keeping my home reasonable clean and tidy and my husband and children satisfied with the meals I fed them. Still, trying my hand at the skills that were so important to previous generations of women was fun and gives me some very satisfying memories.
For those of you who are somewhat intrigued with the idea of trying your hand at some simple jelly or applesauce making, I will send you a couple of recipes if you sign up on my website, terrigregg.com.
My writing life began with nine years as a science writer for an encyclopedia. Although that experience honed my writing skills, it was definitely not fiction. My first foray into fiction was a yet to be published mystery novel called Open House, written in Melbourne, Australia, where I lived with my husband who was on a six-month teaching exchange.
With retirement from a career as a computer consultant, my husband and I settled in Sarasota after a little over two years RVing around the country. With more time to write, I published Bones Unearthed, a mystery novel set in Cahokia World Heritage site in southern Illinois.
Currently I have two novels in the works—a sequel to Bones Unearthed and another murder mystery with a protagonist who is RVing with her husband.
I live in Sarasota with my husband, John. We have three grown children—two girls who live in Austin, Texas, and a son in the Los Angeles area. We have three grandchildren, also in Los Angeles. I am currently a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Society for American Archaeology.
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