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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 Winner