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ST. PAUL, MINN.—Author C.S. Challinor has elected to donate 15 percent of her royalties from "Christmas is Murder" (Midnight Ink, September) to Soldiers' Angels toward helping rehabilitate the war wounded from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-based, non-profit veterans' organization whose founder Patti Patton-Bader is the great-niece of WWII General George S. Patton. Patton-Bader has two sons who were deployed to Iraq.
"We send letters, care packages, and comfort items to deployed American service members, and we support their families here at home. We also provide assistance to the wounded, continuing support for veterans, remembrances and comfort for families of the fallen, and immediate response to unique difficulties."
An Agatha Christie-style mystery, "Christmas is Murder" tells of eight guests snowbound at an isolated hotel in the English countryside. First a disabled WWII veteran dies of poisoning. Soon after, other guests meet grisly ends in this politically-motivated murder mystery, the first in a series. Born in Bloomington, Indiana and now residing in Southwest Florida, Challinor was educated in Scotland and England, and holds a joint honors degree in Latin and French from the University of Canterbury, Kent.
Christmas is Murder, from Midnight Ink Books, retails for $13.95 and is available through Barnes and Noble, Borders, Amazon.com and most bookstores. For more information, please visit C.S. Challinor on the Web at Soldiers’ Angels at www.soldiersangels.org, or Midnight Ink Books at www.midnightinkbooks.com.