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Until Proven: A Mystery in Two Parts by Nora Gaskin

Lystra Books & Literary Services
$11.95, paperback / $6.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-9884164-0-6 (pb) / 978-0-9884164-1-3 (e-book)
October, 2012
Fiction - Mystery
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Until Proven: A Mystery in Two Parts is fiction, and a mystery. Two young women are murdered in their homes, forty years apart. One of the crimes is solved; the other is not. Both crimes involve the same two extended families. After the first one, both families tried to forget, to hide, to keep secrets. The second crime reminds us of Faulkner's famous words about the past--it is not even past. And it doesn't lose its power.

The seed-thought for Until Proven was a murder that took place in Chapel Hill in 1963. Nora was a twelve-year-old living in Chapel Hill at the time. The crime and its aftermath made an impact on her, so much so that decades later she wrote her novel, and she wrote a nonfiction account of the actual events. That account is Time of Death (below), available as an e-book.


Time of Death by Nora Gaskin

Lystra Books & Literary Services
$3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-9884164-2-0
January, 2013
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An account of a true crime in Chapel Hill, NC, and the ways justice is denied. The death of Lucille Rinaldi and the accusations brought against her husband, Frank, became the seed-thoughts of Nora Gaskin's novel, Until Proven: A Mystery in Two Parts.

Nora Gaskin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in English, with Honors in Creative Writing. She studied with the great Max Steele and Louis Ruben. She then got her MA in English from the University of Washington in Seattle. As life will, hers took a detour and she had a long career as a stock broker and financial planner. After 24 1/2 years, she retired from that to resume her life as a working writer.

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