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Camel Press Releases New Mystery by Norma Lehr About A Chorus Line Reunion in Lake Tahoe
Camel Press announces the release of Timestep to Mur*der, a mystery by Norma Lehr. A group of showgirls reunite to perform in Tahoe. After two end up in the morgue, the rest fear for their lives., 7/12/2011 - Camel Press is proud to announce the release of Timestep to Mur*der ($16.95, ISBN: 978-1-60381-863-6, 226 pp.), by Norma Lehr, a mystery starring a group of semi-retired showgirls who reunite to perform at the Cal Neva in Tahoe. Then a homicidal maniac starts to pick them off, one by one.

“Norma Lehr’s Timestep is a toe-tapping good mystery with a chilling finale. I'm eager to read more,” says Kathleen Asay, editor of Capital Crimes: 15 tales from Sacramento Area Authors.

Author Cindy Sample says: “Vivid characters, a Lake Tahoe setting with ties to Sinatra’s Rat Pack, nonstop action and an engaging protagonist make this mystery hard to put down. Definitely a series to watch!”

Abby Rollins, a Manhattan Toppette in the 70s and 80s, joins five other former Toppettes, once a wildly popular group of chorus line dancers, on the Celebrity Showroom stage for one weekend at the Cal Neva Resort Hotel at Lake Tahoe. Although twenty-five years have passed since their last gig, their professional and romantic rivalries are not forgotten. With so much bad blood between them, no wonder two of the dancers end up in the morgue. No matter what the cost, Abby is determined to absolve her best friend Renee from all suspicion. Meanwhile, who is that mysterious figure lurking backstage? Who’s leaving the anonymous notes? What about the sleazy comic who’s emceeing the event? The group’s solid fan base and the sensational nature of the homicide investigation guarantees a sold-out house. Abby’s new friend Blade, a former cop turned P.I. whose interest in Abby is more than professional, has his hands full keeping her out of danger. But is he really who he claims to be? Is anyone?

“Tap-dancing has always been a passion,” says author Norma Lehr. “I was a kid who had to have taps. Now that I’m an adult, I still have tap shoes, and when the rhythm moves me, I slip them on and brush off my silver top hat. I’ve been a member of two adult dance troops who regularly performed around town. I know the thrill of the heavy curtain slowly opening as the audience applauds in anticipation, the bright stage lights at my feet, and that first downbeat of music.”

Norma Lehr is a multi-genre author of short stories, a middle-grade ghost series (Lerners and Northland), and an adult supernatural suspense novel, Dark Maiden (Juno Books, 2007). Timestep is her sixth published novel. A former nurse and health food store owner in the San Francisco Bay area, Norma now lives with her husband and two senior white pups in the beautiful Sierra Foothills where she joined a tap dancing performing group called the Timetappers. You can find Norma online at

Timestep is available in Kindle ($4.95) and paperback on all the Amazons and at select Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores. Bookstores and libraries can order through Ingram or by contacting Other e-editions can be purchased on Smashwords, or at any of the major online ebook stores.

ABOUT Camel Press—Based in Seattle Washington, Camel Press is a new imprint owned by Coffeetown Press. Camel Press publishes genre fiction: romance, mystery/suspense, science fiction … or any combination thereof. We publish the books that grab you and hold you in their grip long into the night.

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