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The Tenant from Hell
Book 1 in the Realtor Mystery Series
Casey Clark, property manager, is just trying to evict a bad tenant. Instead she is over her head in murder and mayhem

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Double Duplicity
Book 2 in the Realtor Mystery Series
Trouble  follows Casey like a raging fire.

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Missing-- Gone but not Forgotten

Based on the unsolved abduction of a little girl in a rural  Florida Community.

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Under a Bloody Flag

Kansas and Missouri were a "no man's land" in the days before the War between the States.

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Under a Black Flag
Kansas and Missouri heated to the boiling point during the War between the States. 

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For Want of a Ship
John Roy came to New Orleans looking  for peace instead he found war.

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Last Step
Last Step will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you gasping in surprise at the ending

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Kudzu shows you a different part of the South, past and present. Mystery with a touch of romance and a smidgen of paranormal.

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Wild about Florida: South FL
The Everglades swarm with wildlife from birds,  to mammals, to reptiles.

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Wild about Florida: Central FL
Central Florida has the ocean and gulf beaches much like other parts of Florida but in many other ways it is distinct and unique. 

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Wild About Florida: North FL
Come explore caves, hills, whitewater falls and lots of other fun things you didn't expect to find in Florida.

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Georgia's Ghostly Getaways 

Who is not fascinated by mysterious things that go bump in the night? Are there some places where departed souls still linger?

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Hosts With Ghosts
The South has long been famous for its Southern Hospitality. Hotels throughout Dixie vie with one another to offer their guests more service and more amenities. Many have guests that never depart.

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Finding Florida's Phantoms
Florida! The land of sunshine and wide-open beaches. But even the Sunshine State has its dark secrets. Places where centuries old spirits remain tied to earth. Beneath the facade of fun and make believe lurks the real Florida.

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Color Saint Augustine
This is a way to virtually visit Saint Augustine. It's a coloring book for grown ups (but kids will love it too.)  with an actual photo of the attractions in Saint Augustine. The opposite page is the same photo converted into a black and white line image for you to to color. It's 64 pages with 30 photos and 30 pages for you to color. On each photo and each color page there is a little about the story of the image . 

Visit a Time Machine at Patee House Museum

Story and Photos by Kathleen Walls

pony express headquarters at patee House Museum

Patee House Museum in St. Joseph is like entering a time machine of Missouri history. I stood at the counter of the first Pony Express station and felt like I was back in 1860. Patee House was the Pony Express Headquarters when it began. Pony Express is the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of St. Joseph, but Patee House began several years earlier.

central overland stagecoach

Patee House opened as a luxury hotel in 1858 and was the last upscale place to stay at before settlers hit the trail into the unsettled west. There is a well-preserved red stagecoach from the Central Overland Stagecoach line that carried the mail before the Pony Express speeded up the service.

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I loved the exhibit of the covered wagons. Just imagine packing all you owned into one of those wagons and setting off for the unknown. Did you know Studebaker got its start making covered wagons?

steam locomotive engine

St. Joseph was a thriving riverboat town and the last stop on the Hannibal St. Joseph Railroad. You can step aboard Steam Engine Number 37 and feel as if you are heading into the old west.

cronkite dentist office at patee house

One section of the museum recreates the streets of Old St. Joe in the 1860s-1880s. There's a drugstore, barbershop, dentist office, bank, and post office. One business that echoes into modern times it the dentist's office of Frederick Cronkite, father of newscaster, Walter Cronkite. There are many statues of the Pony Express riders. You can enter most of the stores.


When the Civil War began, Missouri was almost evenly divided. Some residents thought the South had a right to leave the Union. Other disagreed. Missouri wanted to remain neutral in the war, but neutrality was not acceptable to rabid fractions on both sides. Militia units on both sides raided and killed those perceived as enemies. Johnny Fry, the first Pony Express rider who had enlisted as a Union soldier, was killed in a skirmish at Baxter Springs by Quantrill's Raiders.

buffalo soldiers

After the war set enslaved African Americans free, many of the men went west and enlisted as Buffalo Soldiers. The exhibit there tells their story.

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In the museum's Blue Room, there is a collection of George Warfel Westerners on Wood portraits of the people who figured in Missouri history. Some of the more well-known are Frank and Jesse James, Doc Holliday, Cole Younger, and Belle Starr.

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The highlight is visiting the home where Jesse James was shot on April 3, 1882, by one of his own men, Bob Ford. It was a warm spring day and Jesse had taken off his guns and climbed on a chair to straighten a picture. Bob and his brother, Charlie, tried to collect the reward offered for Jesse James but were instead arrested and charged with murder. There is a replica of the gun used and a hole in the wall where supposedly the bullet entered that had been enlarged over the years by visitors trying to get an illegal souvenir.

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Jesse had rented the small four-bedroom frame house under the name Tom Howard for himself, his wife, and two children. The house was moved from its original location and sits next to the back door of Patee House.


 Young and old enjoy riding on the indoor vintage carousel. There are three floors of exhibits so allow plenty of time.