From the gal who said "I'll never write a mystery... my brain just doesn't work that way..." comes a new mystery for a new Guideposts mystery series "Miracles and Mysteries of Mercy Hospital"!

Prescription for Mystery



I've always felt that the past trods on the heels of the present in so many ways, so writing time-slip mysteries... with a past story and a current story... is right up my alley. Who knew that it would be a natural fit for me? 

And this story grabs the heart and feeds the soul. A story of self-sacrifice and putting children first marks the historical.... and then we find out how that old story feeds into the present day narrative.

And writing these mysteries has inspired me to a few other stories because the past truly does cast its joys and shadows on the present. But it also gives us the chance for forgiveness... restitution... remembrance.

"While digging through dusty hospital archives, Anne Mabry discovers a box tucked away in the darkest recesses of the windowless room. The contents of the box compel Anne, Shirley, Evelyn, and Joy to join forces and find out whatever happened to the promising young ER doctor who went missing thirty years before—a young doctor whose family had long roots in Charleston society, roots that pre-dated the Civil War.

When Dr. Byron Wellington disappeared without a trace, no one knew what to think. Was he forced to leave without saying goodbye? Or was it something worse? Something even more sinister? As the ladies search out tidbits of information, they discover much more than they were looking for.
In this lingering mystery of the past, the women realize that all is not what it seems on the surface and that, in the end, the truth does indeed set you free."

That's the official description of the story, and as the four women work together to figure things out, they uncover an unknown past that helped build Charleston's future. 

And that's the fun of time-slip. We can look back and see how our present hasn't just happened. It's evolved based on the actions of the past. That can be sacrificial... or greed. Honor... or crime. Good and bad combine to build the cornerstones of today with the actions of the past. 

I hope you love this book and the whole series! I've been working with a great group of authors and we've had a ball! 

I've got two copies of Prescription for Mystery to give away... leave a comment or question below. If you're a writer and want to talk mysteries, I'm in. If you're a reader and want to talk mysteries, well... I'm in there, too! 

Because I love, love, love a good mystery!

And here's a link to an article about... you guessed it!.. ME! :) Guideposts Magazine interviewed me for this month's issue and it was so much fun to be part of it. I love the magazine, the stories of hope and expectation.



Award-winning, bestselling inspirational author Ruth Logan Herne has over 60 novels and novellas in print and has sold over 2,000,000 books in the last ten years... and she loves doing what she's doing! Visit her website, email Ruthy at or friend her on Facebook. 


26 Comments on Seekerville: The Journey Continues: NEW MYSTERY FROM RUTHY!!!!!

  • Christine L.Henderson
    on June 30, 2021 | 00:43 Christine L.Hendersonsaid :
    "Congratulations on the new book! I've seen the Guideposts books, but I've never been able to find the guidelines for submitting books. Could you share how the offer to publish this book came about? A couple of my stories have been in their magazines and I'd like find out their guidelines for participating in their book line. "
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on June 30, 2021 | 04:27 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Christine, hi! I'm so glad you're here, and congrats on having stories in Guideposts magazine... that's wonderful! The invitations to submit generally come through agents. So an agent lets his/her clients know that they're looking for a team of authors and hosting a try-out... and authors submit their opening chapters based on series guidelines. And then eight or so are chosen.

    That then becomes the 'team' for that series.

    And they are crazy fun. I've worked on three series with them so far, and each one has been delightful. "
  • Sandy Smith
    on June 30, 2021 | 09:02 Sandy Smithsaid :
    "Good morning, Ruthy. I love mysteries. When I was a child, that was about all I read. I love the Guideposts mystery series, too. No need to put me in the drawing. I have this and will be reading it soon."
  • Glynis
    on June 30, 2021 | 09:33 Glynissaid :
    "The book looks wonderful! Congratulations! And the article on you was great--as if I expected anything less from Guideposts. What a thrill it must be to write for them. They've created such wonderful inspirational content for so many years.

    As far as mysteries, I used to read them when I was younger. I was, of course, a Nancy Drew fan as a kid, then as a teen I loved historicals like Anne Perry and Elizabeth Peters, especially. For some reason I haven't picked one up in years, but that might have to change!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on June 30, 2021 | 09:41 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "SANDY!!!! Thank you so much for buying this... I am so grateful. The whole team is grateful, my friend!
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on June 30, 2021 | 09:50 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Glynis, I hadn't read a mystery in a long time... but now I get such a kick out of them. And I've been reading some non-fiction that's got serious issues going so the lighthearted mysteries are like repose. :)"
  • kaybee
    on June 30, 2021 | 10:01 kaybeesaid :
    "Oh, good for you, Ruthy. Way to go!"
  • Debby Giusti
    on June 30, 2021 | 11:25 Debby Giustisaid :
    "Congrats, Ruthy! Your mystery sounds intriguing. Plus, I love Charleston!

    My subscription to Guideposts magazine ran out the month before your article appeared! Boo! Hiss!!! So proud of all your success...just wish I had received my own copy of the delightful article about YOU!"
  • Jan Drexler
    on June 30, 2021 | 11:31 Jan Drexlersaid :
    "That was a great article, Ruthy! It was a wonderful glimpse into your life. :-)

    I love, love, love mysteries, and I can't wait to read this one. The Martha's Vineyard series was a lot of fun - in fact, all of the Guideposts series are. Just a hint of darkness with the mystery, but rooted in hope and camaraderie between the sleuths.

    Congratulations on the new release!"
  • Sandy Smith
    on June 30, 2021 | 12:32 Sandy Smithsaid :
    "Debby, you could probably order a copy of that issue."
  • Tanya A.
    on June 30, 2021 | 14:03 Tanya A.said :
    "Hi, Ruthy! I love mysteries! And since my husband is a pharmacist, I love the title of your new book. Well, I love the title regardless of my husband's profession. One thing I've learned with four kids is that never is sometimes a misnomer. Congrats on your latest release. "
  • Tracey Hagwood
    on June 30, 2021 | 14:30 Tracey Hagwoodsaid :
    "I want to read this one! I haven't read a Ruthie book since February and the next Kendrick Creek doesn't come out until November! I am in Ruthie Withdrawal and it ain't pretty, haha!
    I just saw the cover of the second book in the Kendrick Creek series on HQ, so pretty! I know you posted somewhere about book 4 in the wishing Bridge series but I can't remember that release date.
    Anyway, please throw me in the hat for the Prescription for Mystery. Thanks for all the great stories!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on June 30, 2021 | 16:06 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Thank you, Kathy!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on June 30, 2021 | 16:12 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "I love that magazine... and mine had run out last year and I didn't renew right away, so I get it. And thank you for all your love and support, Deb. I love you right back!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on June 30, 2021 | 16:17 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Jan, thank you! They've been a fun new foray into this venue and I love it. "
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on June 30, 2021 | 16:18 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Tanya, thank you! I love hearing from you, girl! And yeah, never say never!!!!!

    And I can totally see how this title works for you!"
  • Lee-Ann B
    on June 30, 2021 | 18:22 Lee-Ann Bsaid :
    "Sounds intriguing and I love time slip novels! In fact, Ruthy you should join the FB group for authors and readers of time slip novels - A Split in Time Fiction Group. A few CF time slip authors are there. So much fun!

    My current WIP is a time slip, though there's no mystery or item connecting characters other than how in the world these two women are connected?! They will be connected by the black moment that ends up very differently for both of them. It's along the similar time lines of The Lost Girls of Paris (if you've read it - not CF but EXCELLENT clean, mainstream historical) - just a couple of years apart. I'm only two chapters in, so it's fun right now. I might not think so by the time I hit

    Looking forward to reading your new mystery!"
  • Vince
    on June 30, 2021 | 18:40 Vincesaid :
    "Hi Ruth:

    William Faulkner once said, "The past is not dead. It's not even past."? I can agree with this in that I believe that there is an extended present that goes back to a time when all who were living on that date are now dead. At that point the extended present becomes history. Just my idea of history. Now for some fun.

    I had an idea for one of your Guideposts mysteries. Have old style guideposts, which are near the entrance to the village, show the direction to three other villages, (all having spooky or mysterious/mystical names),play the key role in solving the mystery. This would be a well traveled four way intersection. Maybe there is even a petition to remove the old signs and install new standard signs.

    Maybe the killer moved the directional signs to divert the victim and then moved the posts back to the right position. However, the killer makes a mistake with the signs that looks right and maybe could be considered right, but which only the killer would make because in the killer's part of country they use words or signs in a different and unique way. Only that guy in the whole, or maybe there are a few others from that area, area would have placed the signs back in that particular and slightly wrong way. It could be like, "The Hound of the Baskervilles", when the dog did not bark at the killer. Perhaps the mistake could be on the angel in which the arrows point to the right direction. Something like that. In any event, only the detective notices that the signs are slightly off in a way that would be correct in another area.

    A great clue and solution would be a wonderful inside joke in a Guidepost mystery.

    The real mystery is coming up with a solution that fits perfectly and was given as a clue at the very start of the story and perhaps even at given points into the story. If you do this, I sure hope I can figure out what the giveaway direction is! :O
  • Mary Connealy
    on June 30, 2021 | 18:54 Mary Connealysaid :
    "Ruthy I just love that you're writing mysteries, along with everything else.
    Remember this lesson Seekerville readers. If someone asks you if you can write a...fill in the blank....the answer is YES. A professional writer can write. WHAT she/he can write is not up for question. You Can Write Anything."
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on July 01, 2021 | 05:49 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Hey, Tracey! Yes, Kendrick Creek is November... and then the third one is next April and I love both stories!!! I'm tucking your name in here, I love these mysteries. SO MUCH FUN! And Wishing Bridge 4 is slated for late summer... September, most likely. Farm life definitely is a challenge for writing life, but I am so blessed to be a part of both!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on July 01, 2021 | 05:51 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Lee-Ann, that story sounds intriguing! I didn't know I'd love time-slip until I hit the ground running (and had no clue what the term time-slip meant) but I was absolutely happy to do it because I love, love, love history and how it sets up present-day life. And I'm making note of that book!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on July 01, 2021 | 05:52 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "I love this idea! Now I'll have to see if it's something I can spin, Vince!!!!!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on July 01, 2021 | 05:53 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Mary, that is 100% correct... be the professional you were meant to be. :)

    And... like you... I do love a challenge.


  • Vince
    on July 01, 2021 | 13:58 Vincesaid :
    "Hi Ruth:

    It may not be the wording or letters in the sign: think that it was broken when moved and the fix was done by a pro carpenter tool or done by a pro trained in Germany. Something like that. :)
  • Edwina
    on July 01, 2021 | 14:32 Edwinasaid :
    "This book sounds fabulous and I’m sure it is because all of your books are! I hope to win a copy!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on July 01, 2021 | 17:25 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "I am tucking your name in, sweet Edwina!


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