Patricia Dusenbury
reader, writer, serial renovator

Curiosity killed the cat.

Satisfaction brought him back.
The cat is named Dorian Gray. He lives in New Orleans with Claire Marshall, a young widow trying to rebuild her life. Dorian approves of Claire's work, restoring historic houses, but he doesn't like it when her job puts her in danger. Claire may be more curious than Dorian, and that can lead to trouble.

The first part of Claire's story, A Perfect Victim, won the 2015 Electronic Publishing Industry Coaliltion Award for "Best Mystery."  The sequel, Secrets, Lies & Homicide, is a top ten mystery in the Preditors and Editors Readers' Poll. The third and final book, A House of Her Own was released in October 2015.  If this trilogy had a name, it would be A Path Through the Ashes, which was the working title for the first book - before I knew there had to be more than one book. Each book is a stand-alone mystery, but because this is a trilogy, I hope you'll read them in order. They are available in paperback and digital format from Amazon and Barnes and Noble  and in digital format from the Apple iBookstore  and most other electronic booksellers.

The renovating tab takes you to the latest posting from my blog, Plaster Dust Addict. Claire Marshall is not my alter ego, but we share the experience of fixing up old houses. This blog is more than a tale of old wiring and bad plumbing. The times I lived in (through), my marriage, and my family emerged as major characters in these vignettes about renovation.

The reading tab will take you to a book review from my other blog, Gotta Read. I was a reader long before I became a writer and read constantly. I really appreciate learning what books others liked and recommend, and I want to contribute to the conversation.

The pictures below show the covers of paperback editions. The e-books have different covers, but I prefer the paperback versions. The books inside are the same.

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