Barbara Miller has a BA in writing and a Masters in Library Science from The University of Pittsburgh. Currently she teaches at Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. She is also the Reference Librarian at Mount Pleasant Public Library where she teaches writing to teens and manages the book club. Her thirty plus previously published books include historical romances, cozy mysteries and chapter books.
Rolltop Relic is a cozy mystery set in Western Pennsylvania where Laurel Adams is helping her grandmother at Laurel Creek Antiques when they discover a gold reliquary inside a rolltop desk. Laurel wants to seek the owner while her grandmother plans to keep it and sell it.
Rushford Gaites, the father of their teenage helper, sides with Laurel and dives into the research with her and his son Tim so he can write an article about the relic's chest, which looks like it contains a piece of the crown of thorns. During their investigation, they also discover a stained glass window of Mary holding up her son, and call it The Madonna of the Crown.
There is a mutual attraction between Rush and Laurel, but she is engaged to a gallery owner in Chicago and Rush is still married to Tim’s mother though separated. Laurel and Rush decide their relationship must remain an intellectual one based on guarding the reliquary from several parties willing to kill to get it, while the couple plums the secrets of its origin so they can return it to the rightful owners.
In Hometown Christmas Carol, Angela Fell, a professional no-nonsense New York playwright, returns to her hometown, Median, PA to care for her injured father. But she also wants to make amends to Rich Harris, the boyfriend she dumped in high school, the guy who screwed up her senior play, and the man she never stopped loving.
Rich is now a well-liked teacher at the Meridian High School and in charge of the town's Christmas pageant which needs a one-act play. Angela has written a short Christmas play intended as an apology for the mean way she previously treated Rich. At home in Meridian, after the Thanksgiving dinner, she urges Rich, his sister, her father and brother to do a reading of her play in the hopes it will demonstrate that she has changed and that she still loves Rich.
Mew has everything: a cat lady who feeds her turkey buffet and cheese balls and a warm bright house. Still she enjoys running away to mouse in the woods. But one time when she comes back her house is dark.