Kathleen George Releasing Two New Books In 2014

‘A Measure of Blood’ continues popular Richard Christie mystery series, and ‘The Johnstown Girls’ commemorates 125th anniversary of devastating flood
PITTSBURGH - Jan. 2, 2014 - PRLog -- Incorporating bits and pieces of her own life as a university professor and a proud Pennsylvanian, novelist Kathleen George (http://kathleengeorge.com/) continues to prove she is – as Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler wrote of her – “a crack mystery writer” and “a crack writer, period,” with the release of her newest books, “A Measure of Blood” and “The Johnstown Girls.”

Back by popular demand, George introduces the seventh installment in her Richard Christie thriller series with “A Measure of Blood” (Jan. 14, 2014, Mysterious/Open Road). The major crimes commander collects his best detectives to investigate the murder of a woman and to comfort the son she left behind. The police have just one clue – the man who killed Maggie Brown claims he was the boy’s father. But is it true? The puzzle turns out to be very complex and culminates in a race to save the boy. “A Measure of Blood” is brimming with page-turning action, much of it on the road, some of it set in the theater department at the University of Pittsburgh where George is a professor.

“George…writes with the kind of attention to detail that's rare in any genre,” says Rege Behe, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Using her stage background, she uses the interior language of her characters like a master psychologist, revealing the story in escalating layers of suspense.”

As the 125th anniversary of the devastating Johnstown Flood (http://www.jaha.org/FloodMuseum/history.html) approaches, George will take readers on an emotional rollercoaster ride in “The Johnstown Girls” (April 2014, University of Pittsburgh Press). In this fictional story with a real, historical backdrop, George tells the story of a rookie newspaper reporter who meets a 104-year-old woman who survived the Great Flood of 1889. Years later, the woman is still mourning the death of her twin sister who disappeared during the flood.

“This novel is a departure from my mysteries, though it has a sort of mystery at its core,” George explains.

George teaches theater arts and writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of the police thrillers “Taken,” (http://kathleengeorge.com/taken.php) “Fallen,” (http://kathleengeorge.com/fallen.php) “Afterimage,” (http://kathleengeorge.com/afterimage.php) “The Odds,” (http://kathleengeorge.com/odds.php) “Hideout” (http://kathleengeorge.com/hideout.php) and “Simple.” (http://kathleengeorge.com/simple.php) She is the editor of “Pittsburgh Noir” (http://kathleengeorge.com/pittsburgh-noir.php), a collection of short stories, and the author of her own short story collection, “The Man in the Buick.” (http://kathleengeorge.com/buick.php) She has also written three books about theater (http://kathleengeorge.com/theatre.php).
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