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Karen Harper, author of novels of suspense set in past and present


Coming November 27, 2018

Hear Karen give a 4-minute reading from SHALLOW GRAVE.


November 28 , 2016
January 31st, 2017
April 18, 2017

Here's a sneak peek at Chasing Shadows:

Here's a sneak peek at Drowning Tides:

Here's a sneak peek at Falling Darkness:

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Karen's Latest Historical Novel

June, 2016
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A New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband love to travel. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scottish and English roots run deep, and where she has set many of her historical novels about real British women: THE ROYAL NANNY, THE IT GIRLS (Oct. 2017), and AMERICAN DUCHESS, yet to come.

The Harpers lived in SW Florida for many winters so her suspense novels, the SOUTH SHORES SERIES, are set in the tropics. These books include CHASING SHADOWS, DROWNING TIDES and FALLING DARKNESS with SHALLOW GRAVE and other titles coming in the future.

Karen's books have been published in many foreign languages and are available in print and ebook formats in English. Most are in large print and audio. She won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for her Amish-setting novel, DARK ANGEL. Karen has given numerous talks to readers and writers across the country. Her author collection is with The Ohio State University Rare Books and Manuscript Library.

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