This is hard to explain……..but I’ll try

Follow the bouncing ball

A couple of years ago I wrote a series of cozy mysteries for a special line my publisher was launching.

They released, they conquered the world, they faded away.

Now they’re back.

That is all true except for the conquering part.

They’re back, they’ve got new titles and a new author (still me-that’s the bouncing ball part of this story) and they’re ebooks only and they are extremely inexpensive on Kindle.

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The good thing about this is, if you buy it and find out you’ve already read it under the other name, it’s not like you’re out a whole lot of money. And, PS, you don’t have to have a Kindle to buy it. You can download it onto your computer. Amazon will tell you how. They are extremely helpful even when they are selling things for precious little money. I suspect they are changing that policy even as we speak, but for now, the deal is on.

Book One of The Historical Society Murders is now called Bury the Lead. It was formerly Of Mice…and Murder. There were those who thought the super cute use of MICE was…ahem….off putting. Since many people loath and fear the little disease carrying vermin, I can understand this.

Here’s a bit about Bury the Lead by that mystery woman Mary ConNealy.

Carrie Evans loves the big city, so why has she taken up residence in her dinky hometown? She has visions of success as a big city journalist, instead she’s the editor of the Melnik Bugle, the smallest of small town weeklies. She wants her life back, but the cute guy who’s repairing her decrepit house seems to think Melnik is a best place on earth.

I wrote three of these cozies. If you like book #1, you might like the others. Book #2 is now called Fright at the Museum, formerly Pride and Pestilence. Also by that mysterious Nealy chick.

Buy it here (They cost $2.99.)

Fright at the Museum: Museum curator Bonnie Simpson is attacked then nearly run over, then she finds a
dead guy in Melnik’s Historical Museum, which is the closest she’s come to having a visitor to the museum all week. Joe, the guy who attacked her might have been diving on her to save her from the car. And the car might have just been an octogenarian with an accelerator/brake problem. But that still leaves a c
orpse to explain.




And last but not least, the exciting conclusion to The Historical Society Murders, Trial and Terror. (formerly The Micemen Cometh)

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Trial and Terror:

Just when Melnik looks set for revitalization, Maddie a troublemaking doctoral student comes to town doing research that could ruin everything. When Maddie finds a dead body and is arrested, Tyler Simpson finds out he’s the court-appointed attorney for the most hated woman in town.





And now, in conclusion, in honor of small towns everywhere because this series is set in a small town, I’ll include a picture or two (actually FIVE) from my journey across Iowa last week. I didn’t visit every town I’ll mention but I did see a few of them…which inspired me to mention the rest.




Riverside, Iowa

Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk (which I think is hilarious)









Ida Grove, Iowa which is inexplicably called The Castle City. Well, not inexplicably, clearly all the castles are an obvious explanation, still, castles? Seriously?


In Iowa?

The fact that they are there is the inexplicable part







Sac City, Iowa, the home of the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball.

It’s fully edible I checked. I checked then I got thrown out of town.

HELLO! Over react much?? And they didn’t even give me a toothpick to get the hulls out of my teeth.

A few hours of community service (not in Sac City-can they really banish you from a whole town for eternity? Harsh much? There was plenty of popcorn left!!) and my record will be expunged so it’s like it NEVER EVEN HAPPENED.










Algona, Iowa, the home of the World’s Largest Cheeto


This is just disturbing. That Cheeto doesn’t even look tasty and everyone knows Cheetoes are DELICIOUS.

Originally found in a bag of Cheetos in Hawaii, it was put up for auction on Ebay. When the bidding went out of control at over $1 million, the seller became fed up, knowing the bidding was bogus, and finally sold it to the small town of Algona in Iowa, who had been bidding from the very beginning, but ran out of funds.







And, I had to leave Iowa for this one but it was so cute I decided it was worth it.

I didn’t leave Iowa to visit it. I left Iowa, using Google, to find it.

The Home of the World’s Largest Letter A


Paris, France




 So is your hometown famous for anything? Or have you heard of funny, charming claims to fame by little towns?

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19 thoughts on “This is hard to explain……..but I’ll try”

  1. Ah Mary,
    thanks for the morning giggles! You just never know what you’ll find ‘in your own backyard’, do you?

    or on google.

  2. Mary, you crack me up! I just had to tell you about a home my brother and sister in law lived in in Minnesota. They always gave directions to their home ending with ‘drive to the hysterical marker’ and yes that is what they meant. In front of the house was a sign that said ‘boyhood home of_______________, govoner of Minnesota.’ Then it went on with the dates he lived there. He lived there for 3 weekw when he was three months old!

  3. Here’s an interesting slice of history.
    Omaha, NE birthplace of Gerald R. Ford.
    Born named Leslie Lynch King, Jr. His mother left his father when young Leslie was SIXTEEN DAYS OLD because daddy dear, it is rumored, threatened mother and child with a butcher knife, not the first abuse she suffered at his hands.
    She moved out. Divorced the rat. Remarried a man named Gerald Ford, who adopted and renamed her son.
    Sixteen days. And there’s a nice commemmorative garden.
    as if anyone wants to remember THAT episode!

  4. Hi Mary , my first college roommate (she left to get married…it didn’t last) was from Sac City. Never heard of it since until today.

    Our home town is supposedly the strawberry capital. Which fits, there are strawberry fields everywhere and now they can be grown all year long, not just the springtime.

    The books sound awesome! You are so multiple faceted! Congrats. Xoxox

  5. Thanks for an enjoyable post. I love the James T. Kirk marker.
    I had to look up Ida Grove to see what was the deal with the castles. They even have a half scale replica of the HMS Bounty. That factory operator was an interesting person.
    Our memories of Iowa aren’t so pleasant. We were trapped there in a blizzard (100 below zero with wind chill) for 3 or 4 days. One of those family experiences we will never forget, but have no desire to repeat.

    I grew up in Plattsburgh, NY on the shore of Lake Champlain. The lake is home to Champ, Lake Champlain’s version of the Loch Ness monster.

    We now live in Jonesborough, TN which is home to the National Storytelling Center. The annual Storytelling Festival is something to experience.

  6. I hit submit before finishing. Congratulations on getting you books back and out as e-books. I don’t know why they had you change the titles, they were cute. This doesn’t apply to your e-books, but in general, it makes it hard for libraries that order books when authors do this. Funds are tight and ordering a book you already have is frustrating. I dislike reading on my computer, but hope to have an e-reader soon.

    Good luck with the reissues. I hope they do well.

  7. Sac City (I and my friends were doing a book event there last week for National Library Week) is really a beautiful town. So many really big beautiful old houses.
    I wonder what influence that is? Swedish maybe? My hometown (the Sod Capital) is rooted in German immigrants and the houses tend to be SMALL and practical. But nearby Oakland, NE, the Swedish Capitol of Nebraska, has much bigger houses, generally speaking. Someone told me that big, spacious style with wings and complex roof lines and porches and scalloped woodwork is the Swedish influence.

  8. Patricia, these books, in this incarnation, are ebooks only. So a library can’t really get them anyway, can they?
    I’m trying my best to WARN people that they’re re-releases so they won’t buy a book they already have.
    If you don’t have a Kindle and you buy the book so it loads on your computer, when someday you DO get a Kindle, all your computer/Kindle books will just SNAP onto your Kindle. It’s eerie!

  9. I read these books and really enjoyed them. I think the original titles are better; I like the play on words. I have them in a 3-in-1 book.
    My hometown of Lindsborg, KS is known as Little Sweden, USA.

  10. Oh, I absolutely loved the Nosy in Nebreska series! It was Awesome! Our library had it. Thanks for the clarification about the books being republished. I was confused at first. My husband and 13 year old dd also loved the series.

    I believe we went to Lindsborg, KS for a field trip in 4th or 5th grade. It was fascinating. I always think about that trip when I read Lorraine Snelling’s books.

    Thanks again Mary for your wonderful books.
    God Bless,
    Kim in NC

  11. At one point we lived in a farmhouse out in the country and honest to goodness, the directions to our place were to turn where the old creamery used to be. And everyone, except us, knew where it was too.

  12. Linda, that’s so funny. One of the directions to our house is Turn at Elm Creek School.
    Well, the school has been closed for ten years and is now a private home. But everyone knows it’s the old Elm Creek School……well, everyone except all the poor unfortunates who I’ve gotten lost over the years trying to find my house.

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