Reviewed Book Receives Recognition

By Laurel C. Wemett

The cover of the book Murder in the Museum: An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery, by Karen Shughart, was voted number 13 out of 360 contenders in the AllAuthor Cover of the Month contest for October 2020. Ms. Shughart says, "Kudos to the designers at Cozy Cat Press, my publisher, for designing this beautiful cover." 

AllAuthor is a member of The Alliance of Independent Authors. It promotes authors’ books and creates an online platform for readers to discover new books, get to know new authors, find free books, and many discounted book deals.

“I love to write and always have,” writes Shughart on her AllAuthor website. “I wrote my first poem when I was five and have continued writing throughout my life.” 

Shughart has previously worked professionally as a journalist, writer, editor, publicist and non-profit executive. Her passions include her family, cooking, gardening, writing, photography, walking, and learning new things. She has written two non-fiction books: The Pennsylvania Bed and Breakfast Guide and Cookbook; and Creating Special Events, from Dollars to Dessert. Follow her blogs on Ladies of Mystery: or on her website:

For mystery enthusiasts, the crime tale, Murder in the Museum, is set in a quaint fictional village based on the community where Shughart lives on the shores of Lake Ontario. On a cold November day, the dead body of Emily Bradford, a Lighthouse Cove Historical Society and Museum board member, is discovered on the beach at the base of the bluff behind the historic building. To uncover what led to a break-in at the museum and Emily’s tragic death the local police force is joined by retired investigator, Ed DeCleryk. Murder in the Museum was reviewed in the November-December 2018 issue of Life in the Finger Lakes.  

Karen Shughart's most recent title, Murder in the Cemetery, again features Ed DeCleryk. The book is among those being reviewed in the November/December 2020 issue of Life in the Finger Lakes magazine. Shughart’s fiction books both include recipes that are served by Investigator DeCleryk’s wife, Annie. See the author prepare one of Annie’s tasty entrées at

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