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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 rural Missouri. In my middle grade/young adult historical novels, selected for Missouri’s Reading Circle Program, teenage girls face life-altering challenges.

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Excerpts from Book Reviews

Show Me Mysteries

“Dedicated mystery buffs will appreciate the deftly crafted characters, as well as the unexpected plot-driven twists, turns and surprises.… very highly recommended, especially for community library Mystery/Suspense collections.” Midwest Book Review, July 2017

“A former CIA agent must find a way to solve a cold case without hurting her best friend’s feelings. Phoenix’s fourth [Show Me the Ashes] provides both plenty of action and enough likely suspects to keep you guessing.” Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2015

“This character-driven series will intrigue fans of female PIs such as Sharon McCone, Kinsey Millhone, or Joanna Brady.”—Library Journal, October 1, 2014

“The plot has enough twists, turns, and blind alleys to keep readers turning pages, but the greatest strength of Carolyn Mulford’s writing is her gift for creating likable characters with the kinds of flaws that make us all human. Living on the Page: Personal Journal of Author Sandra Parshall, December 2014

“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

“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

“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

The Feedsack Dress

 “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

Thunder Beneath My Feet

Thunder Beneath My Feet is a charming novel with a strong historical setting. The landscape, characters, and manners of speech all set the tone perfectly.  … the story is made intriguing by its diverse characters and well-visualized time period.”— The Historical Novels Review, August 2016

“This suspenseful drama hooked me from the first page and I read it within two days, I just could not put it down. I highly recommend Thunder Beneath My Feet; this is one of those rare books everyone can enjoy. I absolutely loved it and give it 5 Boundless Stars.”— Boundless Book Reviews, June 30, 2016

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