Retired teacher publishes mystery novel

Retired teacher publishes mystery novel
A native of Martin, Sandra Robbins retired two years ago as an elementary school principal after 33 years in the education field. Robbins says that although she is retired, God opened the door for her to become a full time writer. Now she can step out of bed in the mornings and head right to her computer. Robbins began by writing historical romances. The Enemy in the Delta, a story about the Japanese-American internment camps in Arkansas, placed second in the Barkley Sterling Contest sponsored by the Lake Country Romance Writers in Rochester, New York. Later, she turned to mystery writing and sold her first mystery to Barbour Publishing. Murder in Small Doses, the second in the Leigh Dennison series, will release from Barbour in February 2009.
Friends and family of the local author announce that they will host a book signing event in her honor on Sunday, May 18 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Carriage House Antique Market and Café located at 195 Carriage House Drive, Jackson. The event will celebrate the release of Pedigreed Bloodlines, her first book slated for release from Barbour Publishing in its new “Heartsong Presents Mysteries” line. The public is invited.
Pedigreed Bloodlines is a mystery set in the fictional Smoky Mountain Resort town of St. Claire, N.C., and introduces Leigh Dennison as antique dealer turned sleuth. When Leigh Dennison’s dear friend and champion show dog breeder Addie Jordan is killed, Leigh goes on the hunt to sniff out the murderer. Leigh, who has never been a dog lover, finds herself as the owner of Addie’s kennel, which houses a puppy with a bright future in the show ring.
Leigh must overcome one obstacle after another as she sets out to succeed with the kennel and find the person who killed the woman she loved like a mother. At the top of her suspect list: a homeless Vietnam veteran, a young Cherokee high school dropout, the owner of a rival kennel. . . and the man with whom Leigh is falling in love. As clues unfold to the killer’s identity, she makes another surprising discovery — there’s a reason dogs are known as man’s best friend.
The public is invited to the book signing event at Carriage House Antique Market and Café. Robbins extends a special invitation to aspiring novelists seeking advice on how to get their books published.
To find out more information about Robbins and her upcoming books, go to her Web site at

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