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Press Kit

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Biography

Brenda Robertson Stewart was born near Bedford, Indiana and moved about 20 miles north to Bloomington when she was nine. Both of these areas are in beautiful, rolling hills which geologically speaking, are made up in large part of limestone and sinkholes. Limestone from this area adorns buildings throughout the United States and is known around the world. Oolitic limestone, for which the tiny Lawrence County town is named, has been found in only one other spot on earth in China. Brenda's first mystery series which begins with Power in the Blood, takes place in these scenic hills.

After graduating from Bloomington High School, Brenda attended Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. She studied oil painting with well-known Indiana painter, Sarah Jayne Hogue, for many years and studied ceramics and sculpting with various artists around the country.  She is a forensic artist specializing in facial reconstruction, and has been a figurative sculptor for over 30 years, specializing in Native Americans and other ethnic groups. A horse breeder for many years, Brenda raised Tennessee Walking horses and racing Quarter horses.

Brenda's short story, Anonymous, was published by Silver Dagger Mysteries (an imprint of Overmountain Press) in the anthology, Derby Rotten Scoundrels, in 2004. Power in the Blood was a finalist in the 2003 St. Martin's Press contest for first traditional mysteries.

Brenda is a member of the Original Doll Artists Council of America (ODACA), the United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC), Sisters in Crime International, Sisters in Crime - Ohio River Valley Chapter, and the Speed City Indiana Chapter - Sisters in Crime.


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Synopsis

Power in the Blood is powerful in its content, and entertaining in its presentation. It is a cozy mystery aimed at a mainstream adult audience. Lettie Sue Wolfe, the protagonist, has lived in Europe with her family for many years. She has been widowed, and returns to live in the sinkhole infested hills that she grew up in. A forensic artist specializing in facial reconstruction on skulls for identification purposes, she is given the skull of a young African-American woman with a bullet hole centered in her forehead. After identifying the victim, Lettie Sue and her two nonagenarian neighbors along with help from her private investigator friend from New Orleans, set out to hunt down the killer. Along the way, Lettie finds out about local folklore and legends, and visits a church where the members handle poisonous snakes and drink strychnine. Lettie's chocolate Labrador retriever gets in the way of a psychotic killer, and her neighbor swears that there is a wolf in the neighborhood.

Praise for Power in the Blood:

Midwest Book Review

"Ms. Stewart's first Lettie Sue mystery is a barn-storming page turner! She uses the naturally sinister topography of her home town to cook up a plot that is as compelling as her relationship with her elderly neighbors and animals is sweet. This mystery is the best kind of cozy that is appropriate for virtually any age group, and is as entertaining as it can be. Lettie Sue is a likable character with talent, character, and is just nosy enough to constantly get herself into a pickle. Ms. Stewart adds obvious regional oddballs to give an already excellent tale more credence. POWER IN THE BLOOD is a good, old fashioned story with love, religious fanaticism, family togetherness, and healing after the loss of a loved one. Lettie Sue is just getting started."

Shelley Glodowski
Senior Reviewer


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Bibliography

POWER IN THE BLOOD, Copyright: 2005, Fiction/Mystery & Detective, Pages: 208/Trade Paperback/1st, Price: $12.95 (US Dollar), ISBN: 1-56315-365-3, LCCN:, Published by SterlingHouse Publisher, Inc., 7436 Washington Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218, www.sterlinghousepublisher.com, 412-271-8800, Fax: 412-271-8600, First Printing/ July, 2005


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About the Publisher

SterlingHouse Publisher, Inc., 7436 Washington Avenue, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15218, Telephone 412-271-8800, Fax 412-271-8600, Website: www.sterlinghousepublisher.com

SterlingHouse Publisher opened for business in 1988. They publish both fiction and non-fiction in a variety of areas, and pride themselves on publishing high quality books that entertain and enlighten. Their books have both national and international distribution. They are dedicated and committed to excellence in publishing.

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DERBY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS: an anthology of mystery stories surrounding the Kentucky Derby, written by members of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Copyright 2004 (Spring), Fiction/Mystery & Detective/Anthology, Pages 151/Trade Paperback/1st, Price: $9.95 (US Dollar), ISBN: 1-57072-279-X, LCCN:, Published by Silver Dagger Mysteries, (Imprint of Overmountain Press), P.O. Box 1261, Johnson City, TN 37605, www.silverdaggermysteries.com, email: beth@overmtn.com, 800-992-2691

DERBY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS: an anthology of mystery stories surrounding the Kentucky Derby, written by members of the Ohio River Valley Chapter, Sisters in Crime, Copyright 2004 (Spring), Fiction/Mystery & Detective/Anthology, Pages: 151, Price: $23.95 (US Dollar), ISBN: 1-57072-278-1, LCCN:, Published by Silver Dagger Mysteries, (Imprint of Overmountain Press), P. O. Box 1261, Johnson City, TN, www.silverdaggermysteries.com, email: beth@overmtn.com, 800-992-2691


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Low Down and Derby

This second anthology, once again, has as its theme, the world's greatest horse race, the Kentucky Derby.  Stories are again by members of the Ohio River Valley chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Silver Dagger Mysteries (An imprint of Overmountain Press)

Trade paperback/$9.95 (US Dollar)

ISBN 1-57072-312-5

Hardcover/$23.95 (US Dollar)

ISBN 1-57072-311-5 

www.silverdaggermysteries.com


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