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Claremary P. Sweeney

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Author of the South County Mystery Series.


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Claremary Sweeney is the author of the South County Mystery Series. After the launch of Last Train to Kingston, her readers asked for more of the local stories of murder and mayhem featuring Detective Kara Langley and her friends Ruth Eddleman and Sophia Carnavale. She answered with Last Rose on the Vine, set at the nearby University of Rhode Island and then gave her followers a Christmas present. Last Carol of the Season takes place in the village of Wakefield during the Annual Winter Wonderland Event. Last Sermon for a Sinner will be released in the Fall of 2019 and Sweeney is presently writing Last Castle in the Sand set along the beautiful beach coast of southern RI. She blends modern themes together with the cultural backdrop of the many historic places that abound in South Kingstown.

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Sweeney lives with her husband Charley to whom all her books are dedicated except for Carnivore Conundrum, the one especially written "For the little boy who asked me to write about bugs - and plants that eat bugs". She answered this request with a book in verse set in the carnivorous plant section of the Roger Williams Zoo Botanical Gardens. Adonis, a baby pitcher plant, awakes one morning to find a fly flailing in his digestive juices. "Oh please spare my life! I'm needed at home by my larvae and wife," the insect pleads. Adonis spits him out and declares he will no longer eat meat. His mother and the other plants and creatures in the garden try to find a way to keep this poor baby alive as he insists on doing the right thing and will "follow my heart!".

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Although these books are all set in her home state of Rhode Island, Sweeney began her writing career with a series of stories about ZuZu, a little tabby born on a farm at Tanglewood who has adventures in the various historical and cultural places in the hills of Western Massachusetts. A Berkshire Tale is a compilation of ten of these charming books which will appeal to young and old alike.

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When time allows, Sweeney posts on her blog Around ZuZu's Barn.

News & Events

  • September 14 2019: Author book signing at the annual Pawtucket Arts Festival in Slater Park. 10:00am to 5:00pm.

  • September 21 2019: Last Sermon for a Sinner Book Launch at the [Peace Dale Library](https:// 1057 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale, RI. 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

  • September 25 2019: Wine & Food Sampler Benefit for Friends of the Providence Animal Shelter at the Roger Williams Park Casino. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

  • October 5 2019: Wakefield Village Association’s Octoberfest on Main Street in Wakefield. 10:00am to 5:00pm.

  • October 19 2019: Book signing at Wakefield Books in the Wakefield Mall. 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

  • November 3 2019: Author Meet & Greet at the Westerly Armory on Railroad Avenue in Westerly, RI. 10:00am to 4:00pm.

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Please email Claremary Sweeney if you would like to invite her to your event.

Mystery Books

Last Train To Kingston

On a chill November night, Thea Lorimar arrives on the last train to the small village of Kingston, Rhode Island.

She patiently waits, unaware of her killer lurking in the darkness.

South Kingstown's Detective Lieutenant Kara Langley is charged with unraveling the clues left behind to discover what brought the victim to this picturesque New England Village. Who would have reason to murder this gentle recluse?

Langley and her team are determined to find answers and catch the person responsible for this disquieting death in a town once affectionately known as Little Rest.

Book cover: Last Train To Kingston

The South County Mystery Series: Book 1

Last Rose On The Vine

The tranquility of an early Sunday morning abruptly ends for University of Rhode Island master gardener, Miriam Carnavale, when she discovers the body of Professor Paul Waddington in the college’s rose garden.

His throat is slashed, a RI red rose boutonniere tucked into his tuxedo.

South Kingstown Detective Kara Langley soon realizes there are more than enough suspects among the disgruntled graduate students working for the Waddingtons’ program. But, investigating further, she finds the unpopular couple has left behind allegations of harrassment and embezzlement at the previous colleges where they worked. Has their past finally caught up with them in the peaceful Kingston village? Paul’s pretentious wife, Stephanie, knows more than she’s telling, leaving Kara to piece together the clues before the murderer strikes again.

Book cover: Last Rose On The Vine

The South County Mystery Series: Book 2

Last Carol Of The Season

Last Carol of the Season is filled with local settings and holiday traditions.

Detective Kara Langley and her friends are preparing for the Annual Winter Wonderland Festivities on Wakefield’s Main Street. Their Black Friday shopping spree is suddenly interrupted when Sophia discovers the body of Sherman Pruitt in the lady’s dressing room of Kenyon’s Department Store. Kara is on leave from the department and dealing with questions regarding her future, but she agrees to help Detective Carl Sullivan investigate Pruitt’s death.

Together, they find an intriguing array of suspects with the means, opportunity, and motive to kill this odious man in the third book of the South County Mystery Series.

Book cover: Last Carol Of The Season

The South County Mystery Series: Book 3

Last Sermon For A Sinner

Spring is a hopeful season in South County, Rhode Island.

It's springtime in South County, Rhode Island. The last of the snow has melted. Villagers are venturing outside after the cold winter months. Gardens are awakening. But this March, along with the feeling of rebirth, comes a sense of foreboding when Gilbert Cheevers overhears a confession one Friday night at St. Bibiana's Church. His eavesdropping could lead to solving the mystery of young Anthony Tucker who went missing on his way home from church school six years ago. Detectives Carl Sullivan and Kara Langley are called upon to revisit the Tucker case when Father John Erlich suddenly vanishes along with the church's money. The investigation helps connect the people and their ties to both disappearances but in the process it also puts Kara in imminent danger.

Meanwhile, on the stage of the Peace Dale Library, the local thespians are rehearsing for their latest play - a murder mystery. Sophia Carnavale has enlisted the help of her family and friends to get the show produced. But a series of unfortunate events cause the cast and crew to question whether they will survive to opening night in this once peaceful little village.

Book cover: Last Sermon For A Sinner

The South County Mystery Series: Book 4

Children's books

A Berkshire Tale

Surrounded by the beauty of the changing seasons, ZuZu, a little tabby, and her best friend Nick explore the many wonders of their home in the Berkshire Hills.

From famous people and places, to playful alpacas, flying horses, industrious worms and endangered butterflies, this is their story - a magical tale of their new friendship and the adventures and experiences, ups and downs, and happy endings they share on their Tanglewood farm.

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The Pacas Are Coming!

ZuZu and the Crias

Up in the Berkshires, it’s been snowing forever and ZuZu hasn’t been able to go on adventures.

But suddenly there’s the promise of some excitement. The farmer is bringing new animals to the barn and ZuZu can hardly wait to make friends with these gentle creatures that hum and have fleas. The pacas are coming!

Book cover: The Pacas Are Coming!

Carnivore Conundrum

Adonis, a carnivorous plant, awakes one morning to find a fly trapped in his digestive juices.

The fly pleads to be set free and Adonis spits it out declaring, "I'm swearing off meat!" His mother, Dee, fearing her baby will "wither and wane”, enlists the aid of the Koi and plants in the Botanical Center to save the little pitcher plant from starvation. They all have ingenious solutions, especially Aladosha the wise, old toad.

Book cover: Carnivore Conundrum

Contact Claremary

Please email Claremary Sweeney if you have questions about her books or would like to invite her to your event.

Read Claremary's blog, Around ZuZu's Barn.

Visit Claremary's author Facebook page.

Buy Claremary's books on Amazon.