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Stephanie E. McCarthy

Connection to Illinois: McCarthy received her bachelor of the arts from Southern Illinois University and her Juris Doctor from the Southern Illinois University School of Law and is an attorney working in the Peoria area. She is also a member of and volunteer docent at the Peoria Historical Society.

Biography: Stephanie McCarthy is an attorney and mystery writer living in Peoria, Illinois. She reads mysteries, writes mysteries, is addicted to Masterpiece Mystery and is a self-confessed Anglophile.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Murder Actually
ISBN: 1908002514 OCLC: 855916009

Attica Books

Peoria's Haunted Memories
ISBN: 0738560081 OCLC: 377800356

Arcadia Publishing Charleston, SC : 2009

A thrilling collection of tales and a unique guide for the intrepid supernatural sleuth-seeker who knows that dead do not always rest in peace. At the heart of Peoria's Haunted Memories is the rich and compelling history and folklore of the Peoria area. Buildings and cemeteries in and around the city provide ideal stomping grounds for many restless specters. In this collection of haunted sites, the reader will be introduced to some of Peoria's best-loved mansions, institutions, and graveyards, as well as many of its more illustrious citizens. From Bartonville State Hospital to Bradley University, historic downtown theaters, hotels and taverns, and local churches, where ghostly congregants and ministers continue to worship, this book presents these ghost stories and legends for the fi rst time together in print.