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Clella Bay Murray has written seven fictional books including three books in the noir series: The Chinese Treasure, A Pox on You and VX: A Deadly Mist and three in the magic series: A Bite of Magic, and A Second Helping of Magic. and her latest Matrimonial Magic And Mayonnaise.  Her new book, Dangerous Journey, won first place in the young adult fiction section from the National Federation of Press Woman.  It is based on a true 18th century journal. Among C.B. Murray’s published non-fiction works are articles in Delaware Today magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Author Murray grew up in Iowa, and pursued scientific studies at Smith College and the University of Michigan, before performing research at the Oak Ridge, National Laboratory in Tennessee where she met her husband. They later moved to Delaware with their two daughters  Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of these book will benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).

Clella's Newest Books

Dangerous Journey, Adventures of A Young Family Traveling West in 1799

Dangerous Journey won first place in the young adult fiction section from the National Federation of Press Woman.  Tales of Revolutionary times are in Dangerous Journey based on a  journal  Peter Howe’s  daughter kept of their trip to Ohio that was published in 1875 as  Grandmother Trowbridge’s Little Book. One such story was after the Battle of Bennington, one of the few battles the Americans won, the returning American soldiers crossed the battleground and saw a wounded Hessian soldier pleading in German for water. One of the American soldiers shot the Hessian again. When Peter Howe approached he found the enemy soldier was still alive. Pete had his friends load the wounded man on Peter’s back and he carried the Hessian back to the American camp.  The Americans did not have a stockade so prisoners were housed in adjacent farmer’s homes.  Peter shared his rations with the Hessian until the American troop moved out.

After the war, Peter moved his family to Ohio. He heard of a Hessian widow neighbor that everyone was shunning.  On his visit, Peter found the woman was the widow of the Hessian soldier Peter had saved. Apparently the Hessian had survived two shots to the lungs and lived to marry the farmer’s daughter.  When the Hessian died, his widow moved to be with their son in Ohio. This and other tales of Revolutionary times are in Dangerous Journey based on a journal Peter’s daughter kept of their trip to Ohio that was published in 1875 as Grandmother Trowbridge’s Little Book.

 

Matrimonial Magic And Mayonnaise

Kate Day is at it again, this time at a family wedding in Iowa. Not only does Kate add an Iowa senator to her list of admirers; she has Arden awake at night worried about the awful effects the traditional family wedding cake recipe is rumored to have had on guests. This same recipe Kate is going to use to bake her granddaughter’s wedding cake. Add to this four young lovers, a bridesmaid who elopes before the ceremony, a groom who spends his wedding night in jail, the funeral of a dear old friend, and hayrides in the rain. Sprinkled throughout the book are the quirky family recipes that enchant and give rise to the well known and traditional Iowan’s offering of food.