Marjorie Smith | Making Up Amelia

Books & Writers

Marjorie Smith’s “Amelia” is none other than the famed aviator, Amelia Earhart, whose disappearance over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 has never been solved. The tragedy has inspired many books and a great deal of speculation.

Intrigued by the mystery, and having lived in the western Pacific region for several years, the author decided to give her own twist to history with a novel that spans several decades and involves a cast of intriguing characters.

Adventure, suspense, deceit, romance and murder are all on the menu. At the center of the tale is Laura Monroe, a journalist with a past and maybe something to hide. But then, almost everyone in Smith’s novel has something they would rather not reveal. How do a teenager from South Dakota and a handsome island pilot fit into the scenario?

And what about the mysterious photograph of a woman with a striking resemblance to the celebrity pilot? Was it really Amelia? If so, who took the photo, and where? Are the answers worth killing someone over?

Name changes and game changes rock the reader back and forth between decades and through evolving relationships. Fasten your seatbelts, turn off your electronic devices, and tune into a creative story with a dramatic conclusion.

The author spent two decades living and working in various locations around the world and was employed as a member of the U.S. diplomatic corps for nine years. She currently lives in her hometown of Bozeman, where her many pursuits include writing a column for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

– Judy Shafter