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Welcome to the Official Website of
Margaret S. Hamilton

Welcome to my author website. My debut amateur sleuth mystery, What the Artist Left Behind, a 2019 Daphne Mainstream Mystery Finalist, is represented by Cindy Bullard, Birch Literary.

In the first of the Jericho Mysteries, Lizzie Christopher takes a job as an interior design shop manager in a small Ohio college town. She relishes starting her new life in a quiet and safe community. Unfortunately, Lizzie gets more than she bargained for:

An artist’s body in her carriage house renovation site. A missing college student, last seen with the victim. Her teenage daughter the target of a bullying mean girl gang.

Stunned by recent events, Lizzie pushes herself into high gear. She works with the school administration to protect her daughter. She joins the search for the missing college student. And she snoops around town, determined to identify the artist’s killer. Lizzie’s investigations lead to a disturbing #Metoo truth, one that she is compelled to stop at great personal risk to herself and her daughter.

Image of Margaret S. Hamilton in a blue shirt and slacks standing next to a stone building with stained glass windows.

News & Updates

A stack of eight mystery and crime fiction anthologies is displayed on a wooden surface. From top to bottom, the books are titled 'Put Out the Lights and Cry', 'Day of the Dark: Stories of Eclipse', 'Malice, Matrimony, & Murder: A Multi-Author Anthology', '2021 Bould Awards: Short Story Anthology', 'Masthead: Best New England Crime Stories', 'Mid-Century Murder,' 'Cozy Villages of Death', 'Destinations: Mystery!', and 'Cooked to Death: Cold Cut Files'. Each book spine shows different colors and fonts, with some featuring graphic elements such as a silhouette of a person or decorative borders. These anthologies are collections of short stories that explore various themes of mystery, crime, and suspense, written by multiple authors and compiled into single volumes.

What I’m Reading, In No Particular Order (May 2024)

Ellen Crosby, Dodge and Burn, 2024. The fourth in Crosby’s Sophie Medina thriller series about a former international press photographer who tools around DC on her mint green Vespa solving crimes. Crosby also writes the Wine Country Mysteries, set in Virginia. Tana French, The Hunter, 2024. A first-class mystery set in Ireland exploring family ties…

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Afternoons in New Orleans

Don’t you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn’t just an hour—but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands—and who knows what to do with it? Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire I found this quote painted on the wall in the entrance to Gallier House, a…

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New Orleans Botanical Garden

During my recent visit to New Orleans, I visited the Botanical Garden in City Park several times, both to photograph the gardens and attend an early evening Motown concert in the Pavilion of Two Sisters. The Botanical Garden dates from the original WPA-funded rose garden, planted in 1936. The art deco influences of the period…

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The Garden at Lavender Cottage

In What the Artist Left Behind and the Jericho stories, the center of Lizzie’s life is her home, Lavender Cottage. This is a detailed description I wrote, which I deleted from the book.

A spruce hedge screened the yard from adjoining properties. It sloped downhill toward a stone retaining wall, with steps into Juliet’s section of…

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