As February and the official publication of Virginia is For Mysteries: Volume II grows closer, I can’t help but reflect on the concerted effort by all authors and editors involved to make VIFMII the best book possible. I’m proud to be a part of this creative endeavor and hope that readers enjoy every page.
As for my story, do you remember the days of the big, downtown Richmond department stores? When I was a little girl growing up in Richmond, a big treat was to go to Thalhimers and Miller & Rhodes. The store window displays, the smell of the bakery, my wrist under the perfume fountain, Santa, the tea room, and when I was older, meeting friends under the clock.
As a teen, my first job was working for Thalhimers in ladies sportswear. At the time, I dreamed of becoming a clothes buyer for the store, with frequent trips to NYC and maybe even Paris. It wasn’t meant to be, but I’ve never lost my love for those two department stores.
But what if there was another teenager working at a department store with similar hopes and dreams? Maybe back in the 1970s before modern technology and forensics. What if she befriended the wrong person?
Raised in Richmond, Virginia, Rosemary Stevens took home the trophy for Vocabulary Student of the Year in high school and went on to study marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University. An early career selling cemetery plots was perhaps a portent for a life-long love of detective fiction.
Rosemary is the author of eleven novels and has won both the Agatha Award for Best First Mystery and the RT Reviewers Choice Award, also for Best First Mystery. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her family including two Siamese cats. Visit Rosemary on the web at www.rosemarystevens.com. Rosemary has a Pinterest page for DOWN BY THE RIVER. You can see it here: https://www.pinterest.com/rosemarystevens/