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Marion Moore Hill was born in Oklahoma and grew up primarily in Illinois and Kansas, changing schools often as the family followed her father's oil-
She writes two series of mystery novels: the Scrappy Librarian Mysteries and the Deadly Past Mysteries. In the former series, tough, funny Oklahoma librarian Juanita Wills solves mysteries using her research skills and knowledge of fellow townspeople in small-
Hill loves animals and gave her librarian heroine a canine sidekick, Rip, whom Juanita has ironically named for Jack the Ripper because he's timid around strangers. Juanita's significant other, Wyndham Police Lieutenant Wayne Cleary, tries to dissuade her from snooping into possibly dangerous situations, but her nosy nature sends her sleuthing anyway. Her reporter friend, Vivian Mathiesen, often aids and abets.
"Some of my readers ask if I'm Marion the librarian," Hill says. "I'm not a librarian myself, but I hang out in libraries a lot. Much of what I do revolves around reading." She was for 20 years an adult-
Hill is interested in history, particularly the American Revolutionary period. Her Deadly Past Mysteries are contemporary novels about American-
Research for the Deadly Past novels has taken Hill to many historical sites, including Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia and Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania, where scenes in DEADLY WILL take place. When researching DEADLY DESIGN, she spent time at Thomas Jefferson's retreat home, Poplar Forest, near Lynchburg VA; at Monticello and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; and at Colonial Williamsburg. Both WILL and DESIGN are sold at the Independence National Historical Park Visitors Center in Philadelphia, the only works of adult fiction approved for sale there.
She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc. Her novels and short stories have won prizes from ByLine magazine, Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc., Greater Dallas Writers' Association, Panhandle Professional Writers, and Johnson County Creative Writers.
Hill's first short story, "Mum's and Pansy's Greenhouse," was published in the premier edition of Whispering Willow Mystery Magazine as its Dagger Award winner in 1997. "Bear With Me" appears in ALMOSTLY MURDER…WITH PETS, an anthology of mystery stories with animal characters published in 2002. "Salty Ma's Diner" appears in the 2004 Red Dirt Anthology published by Red Dirt Book Festival. "An Able Defense" appears in the 2006 Red Dirt Anthology published by Red Dirt Book Festival.
She is currently seeking a publisher for her standalone mainstream novel titled NANETTE, about a previously-
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