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Murder in the Cemetery: An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery (Edmund DeCleryk Mysteries Book 2)

February 22, 2020




On a bright, spring afternoon the body of George Wright, a childhood friend of criminal consultant Edmund DeCleryk, is discovered at a cemetery where casualties of the War of 1812 are buried. After conducting an autopsy, the medical examiner determines that George has been murdered, the cause of death by poisoning. Lighthouse Cove Police Chief Carrie Ramos hires Ed to investigate, with his spunky wife, Annie assisting him.
Suspects include a physician’s assistant, college student and a family member, among others; however, George’s demise may be the result of secrets that have surfaced from the grave. You’ll discover what Ed found on the beach in Murder in the Museum and how that, and an artifact dating back to the early 1800s, are linked to this untimely death.
Annie loves to cook, and at the end of the book she shares recipes for meals she prepared for friends and loved ones.



Karen Shughart studied English Literature at S.U.N.Y Buffalo, received a B.A. in Comprehensive Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and completed graduate courses in English from Shippensburg University.

She is the author of two non-fiction books and has worked as an editor, publicist, photographer, journalist, teacher and non-profit executive. Murder in the Cemetery:  An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery, is the second in the series featuring the retired police chief and his intrepid wife, Annie. The first in the series is Murder at the Museum.

Before moving to a small village on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, Karen and her husband resided in south central Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg.  To sign up for her blogs and newsletters or for more information, visit her website at

Murder in the Museum: An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery (Edmund DeCleryk Mysteries Book 1)



MY REVIEW - 5 June 2018   *****


This is the author’s first fiction novel and the first in her series of Edmund DeCleryk Mystery’s. It was also the first paperback I have read in some time and I must say I love both the feel of a book in my hand and the wonderful story unfolding between my fingers. The story is well written and the grammar and description have you feeling and see the author’s words come to life in your mind. What a wonderful part of the world this book is set in. Karen Shughart has worked professionally as a journalist, writer, and editor hence this is shown in her writing style which flows and entertains you to the end.

It was nice to read a mystery where I do not completely anticipate the ending from the start of the book and the killer and ending was a surprise for me. The characters were well developed and I just love the husband and wife aspect of the story. I love how we had two stories in one mystery the current murder and the past of the 1800’s. I can promise once you pick this book up you will be unable to put it down and this is coming from a romance reader, who only sometimes reads cozy mysteries or murder mysteries.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary and honest review after I have read the book.




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.


One morning 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 archaeological 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?




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