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.

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