Midlife Chaos

Midlife Chaos

by Sue Hawley


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Peg Shaw has a gift not just for fending off hot flashes, but also for talking to the dead. One morning while waiting for the caffeine from her coffee to pulse through her veins, she receives a call from her township's police chief informing her of a hit-and-run that has left a ten-year-old clinging to life in a hospital and her father convinced it was not an accident. Now all Peg has to do is wait for her friends from Deadsville to contact her to help unravel the crime.
After her Nana appears from the spirit world and tells her she needs to gather all the facts regarding the hit-and-run crime, Peg is thrust into the midst of another investigation. Helped by Bob, whose murder was recently solved along with his wife, Peg must now decipher a pile of strange letters, determine whether the girl's father can be trusted, and attempt to piece together a complex mystery that will lead both she and her husband, Andy, down a dangerous path where nothing is certain-except her night sweats.
Midlife Chaos shares the continuing tale of a menopausal woman's journey through a hormonal inferno as she relies on her special abilities and ghostly friends to solve another local crime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999767818
Publisher: Hawley Hill Press
Publication date: 05/06/2018
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 1,222,424
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Author Sue Hawley proves that writers become writers by reading. With little formal writing instruction but years of avid reading, Sue Hawley began writing a series of cozy mysteries. Her stories surround the adventures of menopausal Peg Shaw who sees dead people. "The first one almost wrote itself," Sue said of Hot Flashes Cold Cases, which she wrote in 12 weeks. "My sister, who is now my biggest fan, loved it."
When asked where she gets her ideas, Sue explained, "Characters show up when they are ready. It's not something that can be forced." She goes on to say "One day I was writing about Peg when a character showed up ringing the doorbell. I had no idea who was going to be on the other side of that door when Peg answered it. It turned out to be Amy, someone who has been important to Peg ever since."
Mostly self-taught, Sue has read a lot about how to develop a back-story and develop characters. On her writing table, she is surrounded by the world of her characters and their stories, all on 3" x 5" index cards or sticky notes attached to her corkboard.
Writing from her farmhouse, Sue says, "I am very happy on my hill. I'm not a joiner; I'm a rather private person." However, she maintains, "Everyone has a story. Write your story."

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