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Reading about other times, places, and cultures led this Missouri farm girl to work as a magazine editor and freelance writer on four continents, travel in seventy-five countries, and return to my home state to create novel worlds. In my award-winning Show Me mysteries, an ex-spy returns home and applies her CIA skills to solving crimes. In my historical novels, teenage girls face adult challenges.


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Excerpts from Book Reviews

“The friends’ search for the truth, enriched by their individual and group histories, forms a solid foundation for a tightly woven tale of love and hard times in a small town.” — Library Journal, February 1, 2013 “The first in Mulford’s planned series explores the unsettling rise of crime in rural areas and provides an amusing and touching look at the reunited gal pals.”—Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2013

“Small-town Missouri again proves almost as dangerous to a former CIA agent as European back alleys. Mulford’s second provides plenty of excitement as readers wend their ways through a slew of suspects.”— Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2013

“A mark of a good mystery series is when you can pick up any volume as a starting place and not feel lost. That test is passed by Show Me the Deadly Deer, the second entry in Carolyn Mulford’s enjoyable Show Me series. … a satisfying mystery with enough twists to keep the reader turning the pages.”—Suspense Magazine, January 2014

“… this character-driven series will intrigue fans of female PIs such as Sharon McCone, Kinsey Millhone, or Joanna Brady.”—Library Journal, October 1, 2014 “Mulford confronts her troupe of reluctant crime solvers with plenty of action and a few surprises.”—Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2014

The Feedsack Dress is a charming, original, and deftly written novel by an author who has a readily discernible talent for storytelling and an impressive ability to make her readers care about her characters.”— Midwest Book Review, September 2007

“[The Feedsack Dress is] a wonderful story, compellingly told, and while aimed at an audience of younger people, adults also will find it a fast, interesting read.” — Writer’s Web Watch, November 15, 2007

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