The dynamics of the accelerated growth in Branson, Missouri, due to a 1991 60 Minutes report inspired Beth to begin her Kate Starling Mysteries series in 1993. The novels are set in Branson in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Kate Starling, the heroine of the series, is a thirty-something and opinionated reporter for the local Branson newspaper. Her adventures are less about solving the mysteries and more about writing the big by-line stories. Her plan is to follow her instincts even if that means butting heads with her Managing Editor boss and her on-again-off-again boyfriend.

The first book in the series, Mistaken Identity, will be released in hardcover and ebook in March 2020 and in paperback in June 2020. The novel takes place in the mid 1990s in Branson, Mo. Kate is intent on solving the mystery of a dead man’s past but becomes obsessed with finding the killer when her father tops the suspect list.

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The second book in the series, Connections, will be released beginning in March 2021. The story, which takes place about a year after Mistaken Identity, finds Kate tracking two hot stories: a long-buried skeleton unearthed by a construction crew and the state audit of the city’s construction industry itself.