M. Senden was raised in Winnetka, a north shore suburb of Chicago. From an early age reading and writing were passions as was travel. Senden has studied, lived and worked in the USA, Europe, the Mid-East and Africa, spending a number of years as an archaeological illustrator for various expeditions. S. M. Senden earned a Masters Degree and has studied creative writing, play writing and screenwriting.
Besides Infinity’s, publications include: Two history books, Red Oak and Montgomery County, Iowa published by Arcadia in the Images of America series. Short Stories: The December Bride in Winter Wonders an anthology published by Whimsical Publications, and Christopher’s Egg and Hog Wild and Pig Crazy in anthologies published by Second Wind. Articles and mediations in both The Clergy Journal and The Word in Season and a number of ghost stories in various magazines. Senden is busy writing, and anticipates the release of another historical mystery in 2014.
M. Senden currently resides in the greater Omaha metro area and is working on a modern day series involving forensic artist, Dr. Kate Ashton; plus a series set in the fictional city of Lemmingotn, as well as a few more historical murder mysteries.
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When it comes to murder, people in small towns have a way of keeping secrets for many years. But not forever. Someone has guarded their secret well for nearly thirty years, until 1939 when the body of a young woman is discovered in an abandoned opera house setting tongues to wag and minds to speculate. Yet no one can identify her. One person believes they may know the dead woman’s identity, on a hunch they consult an old diary. In the pages of that long forgotten chronicle lie clues to the identity of the killer. Before consulting police, the body of the diary’s owner is found in the river. When the diary surfaces again, anyone who possesses it is no longer safe. Something haunts Lieutenant Nigel Lockhart from his childhood about the dead woman. As he delves into long held secrets surrounding the crime, the shadow of both murders threatens to harm his daughter who has been drown into the undercurrent of the investigation when the diary comes into her possession.
Silence hangs in the air; a valuable diamond ring taken from the skeletonized hand of a corpse lays untouched on the sheriff’s desk. Bergin Halverson wrestles with the ghosts of his past, and his fears that have kept him silent for decades. He recognizes that the truth, which only he knows, must eventually be told so that the ghosts of his past may finally be put to rest. In a voice barely audible Bergin Halverson relates that it all began with the wish of a pretty, young woman back in December of 1923. He says her name, almost as if it were a caress; Clara Lindgren.
Lives intertwine in a snarled web of deceit, seduction, greed and murder. On a sweltering night in 1895, Pinkerton Detective Earl Buchanan witnesses Orville Devey murder his friend George Hutchinson. Buchanan vows to take Devey dead or alive. He tracks Devey to Chicago where Orville Devey, Sam Telfer and Thomas Trimble align themselves in the illegal White Slave Trade. A dead body, purported to be that of Orville Devey, turns up in an alley behind a brothel. Buchanan now must travel to Red Oak, Iowa to unravel the tangled motives and keep his word.