Authors Showcase: Cracks in the Cobblestone by Susan E. Sagarra
June 21, 2015
The Book: Cracks in the Cobblestone
The Author: Susan E. Sagarra
The Story: St. Louis-based author Susan E. Sagarra has penned her first mystery novel, Cracks in the Cobblestone, which California-based Oak Tree Press published in March 2015.
Cracks in the Cobblestone incorporates a local flavor with the use of historic Main Street-St. Charles as a fictionalized backdrop. In the novel, two women take a crack at adulthood in vastly different worlds. Their mutual obsession with the Titanic tragedy brings them together to solve a long-forgotten mystery in the fictional quirky river town of Tirtmansic.
Amelia Thornton is a feisty twenty-five-year-old owner of a school for young ladies that is sinking in debt. A grieving detective comes to town to investigate when Amelia’s money – and husband – disappear. But the detective’s plans go awry. Later, an odd presence reveals itself to cub reporter Meghan Murphy as she walks on the town’s rickety, brick-laden street. Could the spirits inhabiting the cobblestone street and both women’s favorite haunt lead them to the long-buried secret of what happened to the money, Amelia’s husband and the detective?
The paranormal activity that is weaved into the story is inspired by the legend of ghosts inhabiting Main Street-St. Charles. Titanic references in the story are inspired by the author’s fascination with the tragedy.
About Susan E. Sagarra:
Susan Sagarra, who grew up in Ballwin, Mo., and now lives in Creve Coeur, Missouri., is a freelance writer, editor and public/media relations consultant. She previously was the first managing editor of St. Louis-based West Newsmagazine for nearly 15 years.
She most recently was editor of the Show-Me Institute and previously was the first communications director of the Gateway Section of the PGA; a sports editor for the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis (Saint Charles County bureau); and a public relations intern for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
Sagarra received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and communications from Lindenwood College and a Master of Arts degree in communications from Lindenwood. She is a graduate of Parkway West High School.
Cracks in the Cobblestone is available at Main Street Books (St. Charles), Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, OakTreeBooks.com, and is coming soon to other local bookstores.