Books by Marcy Heidish

MY SON, SAINT FRANCIS by Marcy Heidish
Released: Feb. 23, 2018

"An emotional, captivating Christian story in verse."
Heidish (A Misplaced Woman, 2016, etc.) presents an account of St. Francis of Assisi's life, as told from his father's perspective in poetic form. Read full book review >
A Misplaced Woman by Marcy Heidish
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"A collection that beautifully finds the holy in the eccentric, the homeless, and the disregarded."
This cycle of poems explores homelessness through one woman's experience of falling from her privileged, educated status. Read full book review >
Where Do Things Go? by Marcy Heidish
Released: Jan. 11, 2016

"Poems full of linguistic delights and keen emotion. "
A powerful collection of poetry in which humor is tinged with sadness and grief is leavened with warmth. Read full book review >
THE TORCHING by Marcy Heidish
Released: March 1, 1992

Heidish, author of fictional biographies of women with extra dimensions of spiritual or psychological strength—Tubman, Hutchinson, Seton—has tried her hand at mystery successfully (Deadline, 1992) and here utilizes, with considerable verve, that staple of mystic tales and science fiction—the scraping together of two time periods while the protagonist unwittingly unlocks the time-travel door. The present in Georgetown, Virginia, and the Colonial period in Maryland are the times and dangerous places. Alice Grey, owner of Wetherell Rare Books in Georgetown and founder of the ``Writers Block,'' a club of authors, is writing a history of a possible 1738 martyr, Evangeline Smith, midwife of Maidstone, Maryland, accused of witchcraft and presumably burned. As Alice launches her study, two centuries' worth of rumpuses begin. Bookcases heaving out their books and the smell of smoke are small potatoes compared to what is to come: two deaths (one discovered in the bookstore's dumbwaiter), revelations about two deaths in Maidstone long ago, persecution, and scandal—a scandal repeated now as Alice's erstwhile friends draw up in attack formation. Then there are those eyes—animal and, ugh, human—that are found in the darnedest places. Thanks to Alice's lover, pilot Jake, she's saved from being herself murdered, but there's a wild close in which the parallel lines of Alice's and Evangeline's stories seem to meet and flames lick upward—while Alice faxes out the conclusion of her Evangeline book. A peppy, hard-working, shuddery mystery-suspense with supernatural overtones. Read full book review >
DEADLINE by Marcy Heidish
Released: June 24, 1991

Nan Skillen, 35, is a crime reporter for a big Washington paper. Her short-lived marriage ended ten years ago; a longer effort at becoming a seminarian ended as well. And for many years she's been totally estranged from her doctor father, now in town to accept a major award for his work with the poor in Appalachia. Meanwhile, there's a burgeoning love affair with City Editor Tom Nichols, but at the moment all of Nan's energies are directed to a series of murders of women—all volunteers at one of the city's shelters for women, and all killed in the same grisly way. The police, with Nan's help, capture noisy, aggrieved Fred Dade, who's been pestering the shelters, searching for the wife who ran away from their West Virginia trailer park weeks ago. Then yet another killing—a male victim this time—lets Dade off the hook but triggers in Nan some long-repressed memories that lead to a grim confrontation with the murderer. The high-tension plot is enhanced by sharply etched pictures of life in the shelters and in the newspaper's city room, by many vivid characters, and by a crisp, clean, first-person style. Heidish (several well-received biographies of famous women: A Woman Called Moses, etc.) imbues her haunting story and her gutsy heroine with a rare sense of tenderness and poignancy. An impressive mystery debut by a gifted writer. Read full book review >