Sandra Parshall

Sandra Parshall.Local mystery writer Sandra Parshall was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by Dominion Resources through the Fairfax Library Foundation. She recently discussed her new novel, Broken Places, at the Oakton Library.

Sandra Parshall is a former reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun as well as papers in West Virginia and The Spartanburg Herald in South Carolina where she was born and raised. She has covered everything from school board meetings to a mining disaster; health care in prisons; poverty in Appalachia; and the experiences of Native Americans living in the city.

She published her first work of fiction, The Heat of the Moon, featuring veterinarian and sleuth Rachel Goddard in 2006. It won the 2007 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Broken Places is the third in the award-winning series.

Set in rural Virginia, Broken Places deals with the murder of the husband and wife publishers of the local paper, former activists with the War on Poverty who settled in the area.

Parshall is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

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