Karen Neary has been a child advocate, human rights commissioner, and an art educator. A writer of historical fiction and mysteries, both cozy and traditional, Karen finds writing magical. In addition to writing, she is a professional artist whose paintings are displayed in two local galleries. An avid collector she focuses on African art, antiquities, ancient coins, and 20th Century prints. Karen has been known to pop up as an extra in Baltimore based movies and television programs. She lives with her husband and three cats, Caspurr, Coppurr, and Jaspurr in historic Ellicott City, Maryland.