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Jack the Ripper in St. Louis is a St. Louis best seller

Chesterfield, Missouri - November 15, 2013 - St. Louis author’s award-winning debut novel is on the current Post-Dispatch’s St. Louis Best Seller’s list. (For Week ending November 3)

Fedora Amis won Mayhaven's Award for Fiction for this humorous Victorian whodunit set in 1897 St. Louis. A young woman's quest to become the next great female stunt reporter leads to a mad quack doctor, a man still suspected by modern researchers to be the first modern serial killer, the infamous Jack the Ripper.

The following is from a fan review.
“Young Jemima McBustle is after one thing and one thing only: the story of a life time. But becoming a world famous news reporter is proving harder than she thought. Determined to follow in the footsteps of the intrepid Nelly Bly, Jemmy leaves the safe haven of the Bricktop Boarding House for the mean underbelly of nineteenth century St. Louis. With the help of Grandpa's old civil war hat and a handy maid named Gerta, the young society miss jumps wig first into the biggest adventure of her life.

Tucked up under her old overcoat, Jemmy roams from the posh parlors of the Compton Heights neighborhood, through the back alleys of Victorian St. Louis, and finally into the bedrooms of some of the city's most notorious ladies of the night. There the girls are stalked not only by cheating madams and worthless pimps, but by something far worse, something straight out of the mists of a nightmare--the man who researchers believe might have been that most infamous of serial killers, Jack the Ripper.

Fedora Amis weaves a classic whodunit that will have you turning the pages for more. Beautifully researched, this rollicking adventure set in Victorian St. Louis is filled with historical details, one of a kind characters, and enough plot twists to keep you on your toes. ‘You, me and Dr. T’ will haunt you to the very end, and beyond.”

The author lives in suburban St. Louis, where she often dons corsets and hoop skirts to perform as genuine historical figures and imagined characters from the Nineteenth century. In college she earned a double major in English and Speech and still loves both. Amis has won numerous awards, including membership in three halls of fame and from state and national speech organizations. She has also been honored for her contributions to the American Association of University Women. Amis has written educational articles as well as books on speaking and logic for the National Federation of High School Activity Associations and the Alan Company. She enjoys travel, and has visited many countries and all 50 states. Her son, Skimmer, partners with her in writing science fiction, fantasy and magical realism.

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Jack the Ripper in St. Louis is available at Amazon.com
and from www.mayhavenpublishing.com
Author: Fedora Amis
ISBN - 13:  978-193227828-6
Format: Soft Cover, 9X6”, 256 pages
Retail Price $19.95
Publisher: Mayhaven Publishing, Inc.

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The following is a link to the Post-Dispatch version

http://interact.stltoday.com/pr/arts-entertainment/PR111613021515082

           Fedora AMIS                                    Fedora AMIS                                     Fedora AMIS
                 Author                              As Aunt Delilah McBustle            Victorian Whodunit Author


Review of my latest book Mayhem at Buffalo Bill's Wild West

Jemima McBustle is a reporter for the St. Louis Illuminator, and she’s on her way to Sedalia, Missouri to cover Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show in the fall of 1898. Naturally, an eighteen-year-old needs a chaperone, so Jemmy is accompanied by Miss Tilly Snodderly, her maiden aunt. Aunt Tilly foils a train robber on the Missouri Pacific, and Jemmy’s photographer, Hal, misses the entire incident. Not that a train robber would stand still for photography with heavy glass plates.
In Sedalia, Jemmy, Aunt Tilly, and Hal are guests of Mrs. Obadiah Koock, a former charge of Aunt Tilly’s. While Aunt Tilly takes Dorothea’s (Mrs. Koock’s) unruly daughters in hand, Jemmy has some breathing room to try to file her story of the train robbery, and to visit the Wild West show. She finds that danger wasn’t confined to the train: Annie Oakley and her husband Frank Butler believe that someone has been taking aim at Annie. There’s no shortage of suspects, and Jemmy and the Butlers join forces to flush them out.
This is a lively read. Amis ably captures the strictures of life for an ambitious unmarried woman. Historical figures such as Oakley, Butler, and Cody enhance the story without overwhelming it. Even ragtime musician Scott Joplin makes an appearance, as he got his musical start in Sedalia. Amis seems to promise further adventures of Jemmy McBustle, next time in Europe. I’ll be there.

Reviewed by Ellen Keith in Historical Novels Review, February, 2016

 

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Fedora AMIS won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. Away from her computer, she dons corset and hoop skirts to perform as historical figures from the 1800s.

She has one son, Skimmer, who partners Fedora in writing science fiction, fantasy and magical realism.

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     Fedora AMIS won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. She dons corset and hoop skirts to perform as real historical people and imagined characters from the 1800s. Fedora loves live theater, travel, plants and cooking.
     She has one son, Skimmer, who partners Fedora in writing science fiction, fantasy and magical realism.
     “Why do I write? I love words—always have--reading them, writing them. I even like looking them up in the dictionary. So call me eccentric. Call me crazy—but call me a writer.”

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     Like Jemima McBustle, Fedora lives in St. Louis—though not in the St. Louis of 1897—except in her mind, that is.  She devoured books as a child and teenager—one a day during the summers.  In college she earned a double major in English and Speech (BA, BS Ed., M Ed.) and still loves both.
     Her teaching career left her little time to read anything for fun. Two news magazines a week along with technical journals and two daily newspapers was the limit.  Teaching offered her the means to study and re-study the great works of great American authors—and gave her a close-up view of  bureaucratic  turf-protection and departmental gang warfare.  She has won numerous awards including Outstanding Teacher of Speech in Missouri, membership in three halls of fame—state and national speech organizations and her own high school alma mater. She has also been honored for her contributions to the American Association of University Women.  
     Fedora did find time for a little non-fiction writing—educational articles for newspapers and magazines as well as books  on speaking and logic for the National Federation of High School Activity Associations and the Alan Company.
      Fedora won the Mayhaven Prize for Fiction for her Victorian Whodunit Jack the Ripper in St. Louis  (ISBN: 13: 978-193227828-1).  It poses the question, “Did the real Jack the Ripper die in St. Louis in 1903?”  To answer, Fedora tells the story of seventeen-year-old Jemima McBustle.  Despite her family’s disapproval, she  follows Nellie Bly ‘s example. She yearns to become the next great female stunt reporter. Her first story leads her to the shady doings of a mad doctor, a man who modern researchers now suspect was Jack the Ripper. Can a proper young lady survive the attention of a sociopathic butcher?
      Fedora lives in suburban St. Louis where she often dons corsets and hoop skirts to perform as genuine historical figures and as imagined characters from the Nineteenth century.  Fedora enjoys  travel despite the fact that flying in airplanes isn’t fun anymore.  She has visited Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Mexico, Australia, the Bahamas, France, Ireland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Greece, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, most Canadian Provinces and every state in the Union.
      She has one son, Skimmer, who partners Fedora in writing science fiction, fantasy and magical realism.

 

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