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KAREN SHUGHART

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Meet The Author

Karen Shughart received a B.A. in Comprehensive Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and completed graduate courses in English at Shippensburg University. She has worked as an editor, publicist, photographer, journalist, teacher and non-profit executive, and has served as a volunteer on non-profit boards.

A Murder in the Museum: An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery, is her first work of fiction. It takes place in a small village on the southern shores of Lake Ontario, in upstate New York and is the first in a series featuring the retired police chief and his wife, Annie. She is also the author of two non-fiction books, Pennsylvania Bed & Breakfast Guide and Cookbook, (Stackpole Books, 1999), and Creating  Profitable Special Events: From Dollars to Dessert, (Outskirts Press, 2013). Before moving to a small village on the shores of Lake Ontario in upstate New York, she and her husband resided in south-central Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

MURDER IN THE MUSEUM

Early one gray November morning, retired Lighthouse Cove, NY police chief, Edmund DeCleryk, finds Emily Bradford’s body on the beach at the base of the bluff where the local museum and historical society stands. At the same time, a break-in has been reported at the museum, and Emily’s coat and purse are found hanging on a peg in the museum’s gift shop where she worked. Was her death the result of a burglary gone bad or something more sinister?

CREATING PROFITABLE SPECIAL EVENTS: FROM DOLLARS TO DESSERT

This book will help your non-profit organization make money! Arts’ and human service agencies, PT0s and non-profit economic development groups will benefit from reading this book. By following the simple steps described in this guide, those working in the non-profit world, whether as volunteers or staff members, are guaranteed to learn not only how to coordinate effective special events, but also how to maximize profitability and gain visibility for their organization.

PENNSYLVANIA BED & BREAKFAST GUIDE AND COOKBOOK – CENTRAL REGION

Bed and Breakfasts and country inns offer a unique alternative to the conventional lodging-cozy atmosphere, personal attention, and really good food. This book is both a guide to 56 inns of Pennsylvania’s central region and a cookbook that features 196 of their trademark recipes for breakfast and brunch fare — and even some gourmet dinner specialties.

MURDER IN THE MUSEUM

Early one gray November morning, retired Lighthouse Cove, NY police chief, Edmund DeCleryk, finds Emily Bradford’s body on the beach at the base of the bluff where the local museum and historical society stands. At the same time, a break-in has been reported at the museum, and Emily’s coat and purse are found hanging on a peg in the museum’s gift shop where she worked. Was her death the result of a burglary gone bad or something more sinister?

When the police chief is called out of town for a family emergency, he hires Ed, now working as a criminal consultant, to assist deputy police chief, Carrie Ramos, with the murder investigation. After several leads don’t pan out, the chief, now back in Lighthouse Cove, decides to close the case. Confident that with more time the murder can be solved, Ed is determined to continue investigating on his own, with encouragement from his wife, Annie, the museum’s executive director.

Several weeks later, while in the basement of the museum, the couple discovers a copy of a map dated 1785, and Ed’s instincts tell him it may be connected to Emily’s death. On a hunch he and Annie travel to Toronto, Canada, where he learns of the original map and a manuscript written in 1847 that were unearthed during an architectural dig. The manuscript contains information about a ship that capsized during a fierce storm on Lake Ontario -- in 1785. Now Ed has clues as to why the murder occurred, but he still doesn’t know who committed the crime. Or does he?

Annie loves to cook. The end of the book contains recipes for meals she made for friends and family while the murder in the museum was being investigated.

CREATING PROFITABLE SPECIAL EVENTS: FROM DOLLARS TO DESSERT

This book will help your non-profit organization make money!

Arts’ and human service agencies, PT0s and non-profit economic development groups will benefit from reading this book. By following the simple steps described in this guide, those working in the non-profit world, whether as volunteers or staff members, are guaranteed to learn not only how to coordinate effective special events, but also how to maximize profitability and gain visibility for their organization.

If you are a novice, you’ll learn how to develop an agenda, generate ideas, create your committee, construct a timeline, establish a budget, and work with volunteers and staff. You’ll also learn how choose a venue, develop a menu, decorate on a shoestring, promote the event, and maximize the bottom line through cash and in-kind underwriting and events within events. If you are an experienced events’ planner, you may gain some fresh ideas and insights plus ways to streamline procedures to make your special events even better than ever.

The author uses personal and true-to-life examples to support her goal of making special events planning a simple, enjoyable and lucrative experience.
A resource guide at the end of the book includes actual fundraising ideas with detailed planning instructions.

PENNSYLVANIA BED & BREAKFAST GUIDE AND COOKBOOK- CENTRAL REGION

Bed and Breakfasts and country inns offer a unique alternative to conventional lodging-cozy atmosphere, personal attention, and really good food. This book is both a guide to 56 inns of Pennsylvania’s central region and a cookbook that features 196 of their trademark recipes for breakfast and brunch fare --- and even some gourmet dinner specialties.