Howell author to release mystery book with Penguin-Random House line

HOWELL — For nearly 20 years, Tracy Gardner, a full-time nurse, has been writing stories, poems and books, now it’s starting to pay off for the Howell resident.

Gardner is set to release her second book in the Avery Ayers Antique Mystery series in June, “Peril at Pennington Manor,” through Crooked Lane Books, distributed through Penguin Random House Publisher Services.

The book is a follow-up to Gardner’s first in the series, 2021’s “Ruby Red Herring”, which is one of five nominees for the 2022 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards, also known as the Edgars, in the Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark award division to be given on April 28.

“I’m beyond thrilled that her book has been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark award. It is very well deserved,” Faith Black Ross, senior editor at Crooked Lane Books said.

“That was totally out of left field,” Gardner said. “I got the email from the Mystery Writers of America saying that it had been nominated and I didn’t even know that it was up for consideration. I did not expect that.”

Howell author Tracy Gardner reaches for a copy of her recently published mystery,

Just like becoming a successful author was something she didn’t believe possible at one point.

Growing up with parents who were both teachers, Gardner knew she was expected to go to college, graduate and find a good job.

“I think the idea of ​​going for anything related to writing wasn’t even on my radar because it wasn’t practical,” she said.

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