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Second Treasures Mysteries

and coming soon, The Harmony of Revenge

and The Laura Keene Mysteries

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Second Treasures Mysteries

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  Laura Keene returns to her hometown in Minnesota to dig into the past and the mystery of her parents’ deaths. But secrets buried in the goods of her thrift shop entangle her in danger, and only an old friend and a mysterious cat can help her in Twice Sold Murder.

  When is a prom not a prom? When it's a staging for murder! Laura investigates several perilous cold cases of missing prom queens when a beautiful dress shows up in her thrift shop. She soon discovers that it was once either someone’s dream or despair in A Dress to Die For.


  Laura digs into the history of a beautiful hand-made quilt and discovers it may have been an instrument of death in the past. What she uncovers puts lives in danger, and she is faced with how far the killer is willing to go to keep a perfect crime secret in Priced to Kill.

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  The evidence hangs on golden threads found in a suit in Laura Keene’s thrift shop. During the town’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, a terrible discovery is made, bringing a treacherous tale of jealousy and greed to light in Hanging By a Thread.

A box of old books in Laura's thrift shop draws her to a ghostly, boarded-up library, to research the tale of a young girl who disappeared decades ago. She is determined to find out what happened to the child and her connection to Laura's murdered parents in Deadly Cost of Goods.

  Laura's worst nightmares are just beginning. Fate turns on her as she rips apart a far bigger conspiracy during her relentless search for her parents’ killers. She kicks it into high gear in a desperate attempt not to become the latest victim in All Sales Final.

A secret past resurfaces when Steven Walker, U.S. Marshal and former Navy S.E.A.L., is assigned to relocate Angela Morrissey, a potential witness against a ruthless crime syndicate. The pair is dragged into a hailstorm as they try to escape the mob’s wrath, but the real disaster happens when Walker’s past and present collide on a boat in the North Atlantic in The Lethal Limit.

All released books are available in both Print and Ebook versions through Also available for order through Barnes and Noble, BooksaMillion, and your favorite neighborhood book store.


Two anthropologists lead an expedition into California's Central Valley to explore the unimaginable possibility of finding the Maya that all but vanished in the ninth century. They discover ancient hiero-glyphics that tell of the approaching end of the Fifth World, vast treasures and fantastic technology, hidden for centuries in preparation for the new age. As the fateful time draws near, Amy Parrish and Joe Magee must stop an international plot to destroy the Maya and the earth itself, in The Sixth World.

  Pieces of rare, polished jade from Guatemala keep finding Amy Parrish. In the mail. Passed by strangers. All left in secret but intended to unlock one. Parrish soon discovers that the pieces are the key to an ancient manuscript that tells of two Mayan bloodlines competing to lead in the Sixth World. Lord Xarantu must fight Umoxtl in a horrid battle that tips the world onto the brink of darkness and chaos in Trial in Jade: The Mayan Return.

  The Maya build their new age, but a terrible accident happens and global greed for power in a world of change threatens to tear the throne from the Mayan people. Marxan faces the ultimate sacrifice, and Amy Parrish deciphers the riddle in an ancient Mayan text to save the earth. During the final hours of the Mayan calendar, the Lord Panhuaja, from the banished tribe, seeks to find...the answer, in Kingdom Come: The Mayan Answer.




The Harmony of Revenge

by Margaret Evans

  What do bonsai plants and the Shady Elm resort hotel have in common? Quite a lot, Heather Brenard discovers when the property she is managing goes up in flames and a fight between the mysterious, absentee owner and his debt-ridden cousin puts her life in danger in The Harmony of Revenge.

New mystery thriller releasing in 2021.









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  What do bonsai plants and the Shady Elm resort hotel have in common? Quite a lot, Heather Brenard discovers to her horror when the property she is managing goes up in flames and a fight between the mysterious, absentee owner and his debt-ridden cousin puts her life in danger in The Harmony of Revenge.

New mystery thriller releasing in 2021.





Laura Keene

Mysteries (Vol. 1)


Margaret Evans

  When Laura Keene and Connor Fitzpatrick buy their first home, they know an empty house down the block is “haunted” by multiple ghosts. But their lives change dramatically when Laura digs into the checkered past of the haunted house and discovers the story of a wealthy previous owner whose unsolved death was deter-mined to be…death by mis-adventure in The Ghost Who Had No Barrel of Money.

New cozy mystery series beginning in fall 2021.




A Sophie Hammond Mystery (Book #1)


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Sophie's husband disappears on a corporate cruise and with no company life insurance payout, she must support herself and two children. When she gets an analyst job with her husband's former employer, she begins to notice things that don't quite jibe. When cryptic messages find her from time to time, she begins to wonder if he's still alive and who wanted him Out of the Equation.


New mystery thriller series premiering in 2022.






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  Jack Damien, a S.W.A.T. team captain, thinks his job is over when he takes live grenades from the hands of hostage Beth Harrow. Little does he realize that her identical twin Macy has entangled them in her mob connections, and they are dragged into a vortex of evil in the romantic Caribbean Islands in Hostages to Murder

New mystery "SHORT" available in 2021 in Amazon Kindle only.






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  “I buy art,” the charming Michael O’Halloran told Emma Bishop at her art studio in Carmel, California. But was that all he did, Emma wondered, when some of her priceless works went missing and Michael disappeared. Bishop travels to Budapest to find O’Halloran and see if he has stolen more than her heart. A fast-paced tale of grand theft and deception.

New mystery "SHORT" available in 2021 in Amazon Kindle only.







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  Allyse Berringer works with top embassy aides Thomas Gabriel and American-born Iranian Aref Hamid at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on secret codes and communications. But an attack on Allyse’s convoy from the American base at Bagram sends her scurrying on foot through the streets of Kabul where she makes a shocking discovery that someone will kill to protect.

New mystery "SHORT" available in 2021 in Amazon Kindle only.






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   Freddie Prszynski is an FBI Special Agent from Vermont who volunteers for a short diplomatic mission in the Far East. But something goes terribly wrong when a scientist dies, and Freddie ends up in a Chinese prison. Follow Prszynski as he unravels the truth and betrayal with the help of his wife, a journal, and St. Jude in The Tao of Murder."

New mystery thriller "SHORT" available in 2021 in Amazon Kindle only.







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  Virginian Sarah Kenning travels to Scotland to find her missing brother on his mission to solve recent family murders. No one has seen him since, however, and when Sarah meets a welcoming cousin and a wealthy sheep ranch owner, she is caught in a web of danger and intrigue against the breathtaking backdrop of Scotland. An early twentieth-century tale of greed and treachery sure to delight any mystery fan.

New mystery thriller "SHORT" available in 2021 in Amazon Kindle only.








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  Little did Katherine Bennett guess that a nasty childhood prank she suffered was connected with recent attacks on her friend Adrian Wellingsley and his family. When the ante is upped to murder, she applies Aristotle’s logic to the mystery and makes a horrible discovery that jolts everyone’s lives. Set in rural England in 1899, The Curse of the Mandreill Dagger is a powerful tale of jealousy and revenge.

New mystery thriller "SHORT" available in 2021 in Amazon Kindle only.






Sensitive People in an Insensitive World

by Margaret Evans

  If you're fed up with hearing, "Get over it," you'll love Worse Than the Princess and the Pea. While all businesses are in business to stay in business, it does not mean sensitive employees must grow insensitive in order to succeed. Discover open-minded solutions that will lead to winning individually and in the workplace in Worse Than the Princess and the Pea.

A non-fiction treatise on the contemporary business climate -- available in 2021 in Amazon Kindle only.




An anthology

by Margaret Evans

  Grown-ups need the magic, too! Every year I write a poem to my five "kids" to share with their families. This delightful collection will warm anyone's heart with laughter, silliness, and childlike wonder -- some- thing we all could use throughout the year.

Poems include:

  • The Golden Snowflakes

  • The Forgotten Snowgirl

  • The Three Little Kittens

...and more!

Not available in Print or Ebook as of this writing.


Poetry and Short Story Anthology

by Margaret Evans

  An anthology of Margaret's poetry and short stories, including selected poems from Christmas Poems for My Grown-up Children, and other poetry in previously published works, is planned for release on Amazon Kindle only, in late 2021, in time for inclusion of the latest poem for Christmas 2021. 

  Updates on the anthology will be added to this website and the Moonlight Mystery Press Facebook page.




“Evans is a master at misdirection and red herrings. Fantastic series, great character development!” (Kim Heniadis, national reviewer and author)

“Margaret Evans’s writing is a delight! Excitement and intrigue on every page.” (Anne K. Edwards, national reviewer and author)

"Twice Sold Murder is a real page turner! I was hooked! You really have no choice but to be a devoted fan.” (Cozy Mystery Book Reviews)

"Deadly Cost of Goods --What an excellent book! I loved the protagonist, the mystery, and the writing. I highly recommend this series.” (Kara Marks, national reviewer)



"The Sixth World is an expertly written, flawlessly plotted mystery thriller.” (Ibbetson Street Review)

“A treasure trove!” (

"Margaret Evans has a real winner in this series. She is a remarkable writer, skilled in plotting an intricate mystery/thriller." (Janie Franz,

“Read the whole trilogy—it’s that good.” (Paul Lappen, Amazon Vine Voice)


“A terrific read for anyone seeking excitement and entertainment.” (Anne K. Edwards, national reviewer and author)


(Maya Earth Trilogy)

Books are a lot like food. Some are "snacks;" others are like Thanksgiving dinner, delightfully devoured and leaving the reader feeling satiated for days. THE SIXTH WORLD definitely falls into the latter category.


Following a strange series of events, anthropologist Amy Parrish becomes an assistant to Dr. Joseph Magee, world renowned pre-Columbian America expert. The pair soon discovers the archaeological find of the century and the consequences for finding it.

With a plot that never slows, THE SIXTH WORLD draws the reader in from the start and never lets go.

(Tricia Goss, Round Table Reviews)

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A native of the Washington, D.C., area, Margaret ("Meg") Evans is a graduate of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction short stories and humorous philosophical essays have appeared in literary magazines and journals, including Fullosia Press, Prose Toad, ken*again, Underground Window, Palabras Press, NuPenz, Mannequin Envy, Ascent Aspirations, and A Darker Vision eZine.

"Fiction writers live on several planes of reality. The best among us can convince you it's all real, too."


(©2012 Margaret Evans)

Evans has penned:

ELEVEN MYSTERY/ACTION ADVENTURE NOVELSThe Sixth World, Trial in Jade: The Mayan Return, Kingdom Come: The Mayan Answer (The Maya Earth Trilogy)Twice Sold Murder, Priced to Kill, Hanging By a Thread, A Dress To Die For, Deadly Cost of Goods, and All Sales Final (Second Treasures Mysteries)The Lethal Limit, and The Harmony of Revenge, as well as Hostages to Murder, a collection of six mystery novellas ("shorts"), available through Moonlight Mystery Press (Soon to be available through Amazon in Kindle).

Two NON-FICTION TREATISES on the current, business and cultural climate and ethics: Worse Than the Princess and the Pea: Sensitive People in an Insensitive World; and Wants, Needs and Genes.

POETRY COLLECTIONChristmas Poems for my Grown-up Children. Plus an individual poem, Ode to Lorelei, included in Deadly Cost of Goods.

There has been a wild rumor that a fourth novel in the Maya Earth Trilogy may also be in the works. And perhaps a whisper about a sequel to The Lethal Limit. See the "Pipeline" page for everything on its way!

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The Laura Keene Mysteries -- Coming in 2021!

Posted on December 16, 2020 by Margaret

Your favorite characters from the Second Treasures Mysteries aren't going away any time soon. Laura Keene and Connor Fitzpatrick buy their first home that's down the block from a "haunted" house. You know this will entice Laura into finding out the stories behind all the ghosts that start the fireplace, iron the clean clothes, open and close doors, turn on the lights at dusk, and so much more. With her thrift shop doing better than ever, she is still caught up with "cold cases" from the mysteries surrounding some donations of goods to her shop, but she manages to find the time to look into the really cold cases (brrr!) in the haunted house. What she discovers in both cases often gets her and Connor, as usual, into danger along the way. And whatever else you do, don't forget the Empress Isabella and the surprises she has in store! Don't miss this new, exciting cozy mystery series beginning in the fall of 2021!

The “real” Raging Ford, Minnesota, in the “Second Treasures Mysteries”

Posted on October 7, 2020 by Margaret


Many have wondered and asked me about this small town called Raging Ford. Are the people there really that nice? How is that possible? And who would put marble floors and walls in a high school bathroom? What’s up with that?


Finally…(drum roll)…the answers! In a previous post, I mentioned that Raging Ford was based on my mother’s home town of Hibbing in northern Minnesota. The riches from the millions of tons of iron ore scooped from the world’s largest open-pit mine in the world (now known as the Hull-Rust-Mahoning Mine) built this town. It has an amazing history and as the demand for iron ore grew, so did the mine, and subsequently the town and how the founders built the infrastructure.


Hibbing High School was only one of the many original buildings to benefit from the iron ore riches. The halls had marbled floors, the school bathrooms were floored and walled with marble, just to begin. The school library was painted with gigantic murals of the town’s mining history wrapped around the main library lobby walls. Hibbing High was also the first high school in Minnesota with an indoor swimming pool, half the Olympic length. My tour guide a few years back (the principal, now retired) took us to the floor below the swimming pool to see the “windows” (made of thick, thick, thick–did I mention thick–glass) on both sides of the start/end of the pool so judges could “see” who touched the wall first and won the race. So very cool. But beyond that, the student auditorium looked like something from Austria or Paris! Rows and rows of red velvet seats with crystal chandeliers above them faced a spectacular stage.


Bet you didn’t know that Bob Dylan was born and raised in Hibbing. His family’s home is still there, and he played his first “concert” in the Hibbing High School auditorium!


You can see lots of views of all of these wonderful things at Hibbing High School, or Google for more views of the high school and town. If you’re more interested in the history of the town itself, just Google “Hibbing Minnesota history.”


There’s also the most amazing little “house” that was converted to a bigger structure to house all the town’s historical photographs, very similar to the one I “recreated” in fictional Raging Ford. They have everything–all the photographs going back to the beginning of the town.


Then there’s the Hibbing Historical Museum. My grandmother’s wedding dress is there in the “Kohrt” section. My grandparents were among the “founding or first families” in the town. My grandfather and his two brothers owned and operated the Kohrt Brothers Meat Market, which also sold a lot of “general store” goods. While they lost the store in the 1929 crash, it was one of the original stores in Hibbing, which, like many others, had to be “moved” (dismantled and moved and rebuilt) to a different part of town when the mine had to be expanded to meet the ever-growing demands for iron ore. The move also explained why there is an Old Cemetery (where my uncle was buried) and a New Cemetery where all the rest of the Kohrts (and some Keenes - my grandmother's family) were buried (just like in my fictional Raging Ford).


Now for the people. I have never met nicer people than those in Minnesota. They let you into the traffic lane ahead of them if they see your turn signal. No horn honking. And in the grocery store, they stop and let you go ahead of them. Kind, giving, sharing people. My mother’s family used to use the word “nice” a lot. Now I understand why. THEY ARE NICE, not something you see too often, at least consistently, in our busy world these days. I can’t shout this out enough.


I will finish with saying that, regardless of all the riches poured into Hibbing’s infrastructure, the town remains a small town with all of the flavor of a small town, to this day. They welcome visitors, so please go visit there for a taste of something very special.

Author’s Note about upcoming nonfiction treatise – Worse Than the Princess and the Pea: Sensitive People in an Insensitive World

Posted on August 10, 2020 by Margaret

“The concept for this treatise was developed prior to the Coronavirus pandemic that began in 2019, decimating everyone’s lives and killing so many of us. My greatest hope is our global recovery will not necessarily put everyone back in the same boat in which we struggled to live our lives prior to the pandemic. This treatise may give us all a more enlightened view for successes and balance among all the things we love to do and those that we must.”   (Margaret Evans, August 2020)

The Real Brenda Christmas

Posted on August 10, 2020 by Margaret

The story behind Brenda Christmas (Deadly Cost of Goods)


The real Brenda Christmas, the inspiration for this character, is actually Brenda Todd, a very gifted cake baker/ decorator and creator of unique and beautiful party favors (ones you want to keep forever in a curio cabinet). She throws amazing themed parties with exceptionally designed cakes and party favors. For a peek at her talents, visit her Facebook page, and guess what! She has expanded her recipes to include a lot of Maryland seafood and bakes for curbside pickup in the DelMarVa area. Send her a note and ask to see her cakes and favors as well.

A Companion For Empress Isabella?

Posted on May 19, 2019 by Margaret

I started thinking halfway through this series that the mysterious cat in Laura Keene’s shop might like to have a “friend.” You need to keep an eye out for the friend to show up in Vol. 5 of the Second Treasures Mysteries, Deadly Cost of Goods. You’ve already met Peeks, who likes to “peek” around corners to see what’s going on before he jumps back into hiding, and belongs to Will Kovacs, the baker extraordinaire. Watch what happens when Will decides to bring Peeks with him into Laura’s shop.

The Story Behind The Second Treasures Mysteries

Posted on May 18, 2019 by Margaret

The Second Treasures Mysteries and Raging Ford, Minnesota, are based on my mother’s home town of Hibbing, located on the very edge of the Mesabi Range. Hibbing boomed during the iron ore hey-days. The marble bathrooms and indoor swimming pool in the public high school, as well as the historic mural in the library, that you’ve read about in these mysteries, all exist. At one point, for safety, they had to move some stores and homes in the town (brick by brick, beam by beam) to a location farther away from the mine when they needed to blast for more iron ore. The Hull-Rust-Mahoning mine is one of the largest open-pit mines in the world and is still operational today, providing taconite which can be processed into iron pellets. The town currently sits where it was moved, but you can still see some of the front steps of homes and shops where the old town used to be. My grandfather and his brother jointly owned the Kohrt Brothers Meat Market, a shop that had to be moved, but it closed in the crash of 1929. The original cemetery is intact, and one of my uncles who died in infancy (Franklin Kohrt) is buried there. A lot of family love is poured into these stories, and I hope you enjoy the entire six-book series and the little touch of Minnesota in your lives.


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