CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The five books in the Tori Miracle mystery series are set in the fictional town of Lickin Creek, Pa., but a local reader might get the eerie feeling that he or she has visited the town.
Series author Valerie Malmont said she borrowed from several Franklin County localities to create Lickin Creek.
"I took the caves under Waynesboro and put them under Lickin Creek in the first book,"" she said. "The bulky trash pickup week is from Chambersburg, and I took some of the old houses from Mercersburg."
Malmont, a resident of Chambersburg since 1977, autographed copies of her latest mystery, "Death, Bones and Stately Homes" Saturday at Waldenbooks in the Chambersburg Mall.
The premise of the series is that Tori Miracle, a once-hip New Yorker, moves to Lickin Creek with her two cats to visit an old friend, and winds up filling in for the editor of the local paper and solving mysteries.