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Grace Topping is a recovering technical writer, accustomed to writing lean, boring documents. Let loose to write fiction, she is now creating murder mysteries and killing off characters who remind her of some of the people she dealt with during her career. Fictional revenge is sweet. She’s using her experience helping friends stage their homes as inspiration for her Laura Bishop mystery series. Grace is the current vice president of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, a member of the SinC Guppies, and Mystery Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Northern Virginia.

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STAGING IS MURDER (#1)

cozy mysteries, amateur sleuths, women sleuths

Laura Bishop Mysteries

Laura Bishop just nabbed her first decorating commission—staging for sale a 19th-century mansion that hasn’t been updated for decades. But when a body falls from a laundry chute and lands at Laura’s feet, replacing flowered wallpaper becomes the least of her duties. To clear her young assistant of the murder and save her fledgling business, Laura’s determined to find the killer. Turns out it’s not as easy as renovating a manor home, especially with two handsome men complicating her mission. Worse still, the meddling of a horoscope-guided friend, a determined grandmother, and the local funeral director could get them all killed before Laura props the first pillow.

USA TODAY BESTSELLER

Award Mention Here

“A promising series debut with pleasing characters, plenty of suspects, and helpful tips on home staging.” – Kirkus Reviews

Agatha Award Nominee

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STAGING WARS (#2)

Laura Bishop’s new home staging business is growing in popularity, though not with her nemesis. Laura has long suspected established interior designer Monica Heller of sabotaging her fledgling company—and having an affair with her late husband. When the ultra-chic Monica is caught at the scene of a murder, Laura is plenty happy to imagine her languishing in a prison cell with bedsheets far from her normal 600-thread Egyptian cotton. But her delight is short-lived. When Laura’s friends land on the police’s radar, Laura must overcome her dislike of Monica to help solve the crime. Not an easy task since Laura and Monica have been at war since the second grade.

USA TODAY BESTSELLER

Award Mention Here

“A page-turner of a plot featuring an engaging protagonist and her quirky, likeable friends. Throw in a host of useful home staging tips and you’ve got the perfect cozy read.” – Ellen Byron, USA Today Bestselling author of the Cajun Country Mystery Series

Agatha Award Winner