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Margaret Dumas lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she reads and writes books when she isn’t watching old movies.

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MURDER AT THE PALACE (#1)

humorous mysteries, amateur sleuths, cozy, paranormal

Movie Palace Mysteries

Welcome to the Palace movie theater! Now Showing: Philandering husbands, ghostly sidekicks, and a murder or two. When Nora Paige’s movie-star husband leaves her for his latest co-star, she flees Hollywood to take refuge in San Francisco at the Palace, a historic movie theater that shows the classic films she loves. There she finds a band of misfit film buffs who care about movies (almost) as much as she does. She also finds some shady financial dealings and the body of a murdered stranger. Oh, and then there’s Trixie, the lively ghost of a 1930’s usherette who appears only to Nora. With the help of her new ghostly friend, can Nora catch the killer before there’s another murder at the Palace?

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"Edgy enough to push a timeworn formula from the basement up to the balcony. Dumas adds just enough zany to her mix to have readers lining up for more." - Kirkus Reviews

Agatha Award Winner

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MURDER IN THE BALCONY (#2)

Nora Paige is settling into her new life as manager of the Palace movie theater. She only has a few things to worry about. Like keeping the theater safely out of the clutches of an evil real estate developer, dealing with her staff of movie-obsessed misfits and their daily meltdowns, and hiding the fact that her new best friend Trixie is the ghost of an usherette who died in 1937. It would also be helpful if she could figure out whether she wants to take her charming-but-cheating husband back. But when someone close to the Palace is murdered, the only thing Nora really needs to worry about is finding the killer before they strike again.

Award Mention Here

"Edgy enough to push a timeworn formula from the basement up to the balcony. Dumas adds just enough zany to her mix to have readers lining up for more." - Kirkus Reviews

Agatha Award Winner